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Irma Recovery: Florida Keys Will Open To Visitors Oct. 1

In this aerial photo provided by the Florida Keys News Bureau, repairs to a dock at Robbie’s Marina washed away by Hurricane Irma are well underway Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017, in Islamorada, Fla. Workers around the 125-mile island chain are working to repair damage caused by the tropical cyclone. Photo: Andy Newman/Florida Keys News Bureau via AP.

KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — 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 on the chain of islands. The storm destroyed an estimated 25 percent of homes on the islands.

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.

Maria Stotts, and Heather Mueller, volunteers from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, clear debris from a Monroe County sheriff’s deputy’s home damaged by a six-foot storm surge, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, in Big Pine Key, Fla. Residents were allowed to return to their homes in the Keys today a week after Hurricane Irma struck the Florida Keys Photo: Al Diaz/Miami Herald via AP.

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

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