Florida Keys residents start to return after Hurricane Irma

Residents of the Keys returning home will see firsthand what was wrecked by the storm and what remains.
3:53 | 09/17/17

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As we come on the air, police in Florida are now letting people who live in the lower keys return home. It's been an Ang wrishing way for many of these people. They've been lined up on the highway, which is is just opening now. One week after Irma hit. They finally get a chance to see what happened to hair homes. They have to keep an eye on the atlantic. Three storms are brewing. One of them is is likely to hit some of the islands that have already been decimated by Irma. We start with rob who is is keeping his eye on the the three storms in the atlantic. Good morning. Here are the three storms. Lee, MARIA, Jose. MARIA we're worried about. Jose about 400 miles off the coast of North Carolina. A strong and enlarging hurricane. Lit weakener in new England. How close it gets to the shoreline determines the impacts in the delmarva. New York. Dangerous wind currents. Some of the winds could be in excess of tropical storm strength. MARIA is is organizing. Expected to become major hurricane by the time it gets to the northern caribbean Wednesday and Thursday. And here's the track. Barbuda, Antigua, St. Martin. Islands decimated by Irma. Thursday, Poe tonally, right over Puerto Rico. Beyond that, making a run maybe towards the U.S. We'll deal with that later. Right now, this thing is strengthening as we recover from Irma here in the U.S. And on those eye lapds. Harvey before it. Nerves are frayed. Thank you very much, rob. Thank you. As we said, the entire length of the Florida keys opening to the people who live there. Those returning for the first time are being warned they might be heart broken at what they find. Victor Oquendo is many H the key this is morning for us. Victor, good morning to you. Reporter: Good morning, Paula and Dan. This is the last check point before key west. Cars streaming in. Residents and business ENERs finally able to return. Authorities finally fully reopening the physical flg keys. Almost exactly one week after Irma first made landfall in Cudjoe key. The keys are not what you left when you evacuated. Reporter: Those evacuees getting a firsthand look at the devastation left in Irma's wake. Streets left with ship wrecked boats. Businesses flattened. We're definitely not going to be able to stay here. Reporter: Vicious storm surge. 90% of all homes in the area damaged or destroyed. Forcing authorities to close off the 112-mile stretch of islands. The residents who staid behind -- We should have evacuated. We thought we would be okay. It's just -- I'm sorry. Reporter: Finding themselves surrounded by water. Not the kind they can drink. Is suffering through sweltering heat with no air conditioning, no electricity. Rescuers -- Fire rescue. Reporter: And cleanup crews -- working tirelessly. Bring your supplied the. Bring your water. Be self-sufficient. Reporter: The keys are back open. There are about 20 neighborhoods where checkpoints are still set up. Those areas are very hard hit. Half of key west is without power. More than 600,000 customers are without power across the state. Dan and Paula? So many emotions. It will be a long road to recovery.

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