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These post-Hurricane Irma photos of the Florida Keys are devastating

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A damaged home in Big Pine Key
(Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

While many in South Florida are awaiting the return of power to their homes after Hurricane Irma — a little over 250,000 customers in Miami Dade as of Friday morning — at least they still have homes.

The same cannot be said for those elsewhere, especially to the south in the Florida Keys, where Irma unleashed her fury last week.

Jarring photos show a much different scene than common vacationers and retirees are accustomed to. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has reported that 25 percent of all homes in the Florida Keys were destroyed and a whopping 65 percent sustained major damage.

Florida Highway Patrol troopers were not allowing anyone to travel south of Mile Marker 73, per Channel 10, and for good reason. The Florida Keys needs our help.

Obliterated homes in Marathon
Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Boats are seen washed ashore in Key West
Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Boats, cars and other debris clog waterways in Marathon
Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
Damaged homes and streets littered with debris In Ramrod Key
Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Damaged homes and streets in Big Pine Key
Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Recreational vehicle trailers are scattered and tossed in Big Pine Key
Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
A boat not where it’s supposed to be, in Duck Key
Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Damaged homes and streets littered with debris are seen in Key West
Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Two women look over severe damage to a residence in Isamorada
Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images
Battered boats in Marathon
Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images
Boat storage in Marathon
Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

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