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Florida Keys to reopen to tourists, weeks after island hit by Hurricane Irma

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ABOVE: Site of Florida Keys after Hurricane Irma made landfall earlier in September. – Sep 12, 2017

Florida Keys officials say the island chain hit hard by Hurricane Irma will reopen to tourists Oct. 1.

Officials made their announcement Monday, more than two weeks after the Category 4 storm made landfall in the Florida Keys. The storm destroyed an estimated 25 per cent of homes on the islands.

READ MORE: Hurricane Irma destroyed 25 per cent of homes in Florida Keys

Florida Keys officials asked visitors to postpone their trips after the storm damaged power and water supplies. Florida Keys spokesman Andy Newman said power and water service is now restored to customers that can receive them and a boil water notice has been lifted.

WATCH: Florida Keys open for business for the first time since Hurricane Irma

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Florida Keys open for business for the first time since Hurricane Irma – Sep 18, 2017

The Key West and Marathon airports have reopened, but debris removal continues and some hotels and tourist facilities are still recovering.

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Key West did have its first cruise ship return to the island on Sunday.

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