9 Hurricane Irma-related deaths reported so far in the Keys

Nine Hurricane Irma-related deaths have been reported in Monroe County so far.

First responders are still going door-to-door and performing welfare checks on people who have not been heard from since Hurricane Irma.

By Saturday, about 98 percent of homes had been checked – an estimated 15,000 homes, county officials said.

Search and rescue workers who perform these checks do not enter empty homes, but do check residences thoroughly for signs of people who need help or who may be deceased inside, the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office said.

Currently, the Medical Examiner, Dr. Michael Steckbauer, and the Sheriff’s Major Crimes Unit are investigating nine deaths which took place either because of the storm, during the storm or are somehow storm related in Monroe County, excluding the city of Key West, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

A number of the people who died remain unidentified and, in coming days detectives will work to find out who they are.

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