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The Federal Emergency Management Agency says about 90 per cent of the Keys residents are coming home to property damage.That includes a heart breaking 25 per cent of homes that have been completely destroyed on the archipelago.President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump walk to Marine One at the White House in Washington, Thursday, September 14, 2017, for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base and then on to Fort Myers, Florida to meet with citizens impacted by Hurricane Irma Another 65 per cent of homes have sustained at least some damage.Authorities began allowing re-entry to the islands of Key Largo, Tavernier and Islamorada two days later for residents and business owners only.The extent of the devastation took many by surprise.'I expected some fence lines to be down and some debris,' said Dr.Orlando Morejon, 51, a trauma surgeon from Miami as he hacked away at a tree blocking his Islamorada driveway.One of the chief hardships endured by many Floridians in the storm's aftermath was difficulty staying cool in the absence of air conditioning, ice and even natural shade from trees knocked down or stripped bare of foliage.'I just pour water on my head a few times a day,' said Lydia Grondin, 29, of Fort Lauderdale.Hurricane Irma's powerful winds sheared off the side of this Cudjoe Key home exposing the inside in Cudjoe Key, Fla, pictured Tuesday.
Utility officials warned it could take ten days or more for power to be fully restored.About 110,000 people remained in shelters across the state.The Florida Keys were largely evacuated by the time Irma barreled ashore on Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane with sustained winds of up to 130 mph (215 km/hour).During Hurricane Irma water from the Meadowbrook Golf Course rushed over a hill behind the Pena's home and flooded the home with about six feet of water In Jacksonville, Florida, Jen Gilreath and Cameron Brainard lost everything on the first floor of their San Marco home - furniture, food and a 100-year-old leather-bound Bible from Gilreath's great-grandmother.'It's devastating, everything's gone,' said Gilreath, a 33-year-old bartender.