Hurricane Irma threatens to significantly damage 8.5 million Florida properties, study shows

Hurricane Irma threatens to severely damage some 8.5 million properties in Florida, analytics firm CoreLogic showed.

“An estimated 8,456,455 residential and commercial properties in Florida are at either ‘Extreme,’ ‘Very High’ or ‘High’ risk of wind damage from Hurricane Irma,” the firm said in a statement Friday.

Meanwhile, another estimated 3,494,735 residential and commercial properties in the state have a chance of being damaged by the powerful Category 4 storm.

HURRICANE IRMA SLAMS CUBA ON WAY TO FLORIDA

CoreLogic’s analysis does not incorporate any possible damage from inland flooding.   

The data includes homes that have four or fewer stories, duplexes, cabins, manufactured residences, mobile homes and “non-traditional home types.”

Meanwhile, Florida Power & Light estimated 9 million people out of 10 million who receive electricity from the utility company will lose power during the storm, the Sun Sentinel reported. Most of those who are expected to be affected live in the South Florida area.

AS HURRICANE IRMA NEARS, LOWE’S CUSTOMER IN FLORIDA OFFERS LAST GENERATOR TO STRANGER IN NEED

The storm, which regained Category 5 status overnight, then dropped back to Category 4 early Saturday is churning toward Florida where it is expected to hit Sunday. The storm has already slammed into St. Martin, St. Barts, St. Thomas, Barbuda and Anguilla, where devastating damage was reported. Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico have also been hit but reported no major casualties. The storm, which has winds nearing 160 mph, has killed at least 23 people.