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10,000 people in Keys left homeless by Hurricane Irma, governor says

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Al Diaz
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Miami Herald
Todd Brown, 42, pulls a tarp onto the exposed roof of of his friends home in Big Pine Key on Sunday, September 17, 2017.

An estimated 10,000 residents are homeless after Hurricane Irma blew through the Florida Keys as a massive and powerful Category 4 storm and devastated entire blocks of homes last week.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced the estimate during a news conference Monday morning in Marathon.

With that count, a little more than 10 percent of Monroe County residents have nowhere to live.

“The estimate is around 10,000. The data, as people have signed up through FEMA, is lower than that, so they’re still trying to figure that out,” Scott said. “As we all know, the Lower Keys were decimated.”

Read more at our news partner, the Miami Herald.