Rep. Curbelo: Irma's Damage Not as Strong as Expected

Florida Rep. Carlos Curbelo said Tuesday that while it is not yet safe to return to the Florida Keys region after Hurricane Irma, "the structural damage was not what I anticipated."

"A lot of the structures are looking a lot better than I had expected," the second-term Republican, 37, whose district includes the Keys, told Wolf Blitzer on CNN. "The structural damage was not as catastrophic as many predicted.

"A lot of people will have to do work on their homes or properties."

Irma slammed the Florida Keys early Sunday as a Category 4 hurricane, before it was downgraded to Category 2 by the National Hurricane Center.

Federal Emergency Management Agency officials estimated as many as 25 percent of all dwellings in the Keys were destroyed and Click Here to comment on this article

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