Florida counts the cost of Irma's fury

A woman photographs damage and boats brought onto land by Hurricane Irma at a marina in Miami, on Sept 11, 2017.
A woman photographs damage and boats brought onto land by Hurricane Irma at a marina in Miami, on Sept 11, 2017. PHOTO: AFP

Hurricane Irma unleashed its fury, turning streets into rivers, hammering Caribbean islands and the Florida Keys, and leaving millions without power or temporarily displaced on Sunday. Still, some residents in the southern part of Florida were counting themselves fortunate early yesterday that the most dire predictions evaporated.

Enki Research's estimate for damage dropped to US$49 billion (S$66 billion) from US$200 billion, after Irma weakened and veered from a path that would have caused more damage.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on September 12, 2017, with the headline 'Florida counts the cost of Irma's fury'. Print Edition | Subscribe