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Florida Keys Are Closed to Tourists

Town and Country logo Town and Country 9/14/2017 Caroline Hallemann

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Following the destruction of Hurricane Irma, the Florida Keys have closed to tourists indefinitely. The popular vacation spot was hit hard by the storm and its 130 mile per hour winds, and according to a statement posted on the Monroe County website Tuesday, the community is continuing to suffer in the aftermath. 

"For most of the Florida Keys, there is no fuel, electricity, running water, or cell service. For many people, supplies are running low and anxiety is running high," reads the memo.

FEMA officials spoke with CNN, and confirmed that 25 percent of homes on the chain of islands were completely destroyed. An additional 65 percent suffered "major damage."

"Basically, every house in the Keys was impacted some way," FEMA Administrator Brock Long said. At this point, according to county officials, "the roads remain unsafe for travel due to debris, which includes boats, downed trees, downed power lines, sand and washed out roadway."

Some residents of the region were allowed to return to their homes on Tuesday, but for now tourists are being asked to stay home. Despite having an economy that relies on vacationers, "the Keys are not open for business."

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