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Bravo, Plantain. (The Plantain)


It’s nasty outside and we’ve had some scary calls with tornadoes, but we all know how lucky Miami is – we’ll be spared the full force of a catastrophic storm. Much of the Caribbean, Florida Keys and Gulf Coast are not so fortunate.

We’re not out of the woods yet, even if some people left shelters for home yesterday. Stay hunkered down and sing your shelter songs. We could still be looking at Hurricane Wilma-level conditions out there. Tomorrow, the recovery begins.

Here are our after-the-storm tips for getting back on your feet safely. And here is what to do if you evacuated South Florida and ended up in a spot in Irma’s path.

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We’re shifting our crowd-sourced map from preparation mode to recovery mode. What does that mean? Instead of gas stations and plywood supplies, we’ll be asking you to report hazards like flooded streets and downed power lines, plus resources like volunteer meetups. 

You can add the info by clicking the plus sign in the upper left corner, or by texting the info to 786-369-0995. The more specific you are, the more helpful it is to everyone, so be sure to include as much info as you can about what’s happening and where you are.

Also, if your power is out, here’s where you report outages to FPL.

Plus, the community-built irmaresponse.org is growing every day. Regardless of whether you need help or want to help others, it’s a one-stop shop for finding and sharing information on shelters and recovery needs.


We knew we liked you, Atlanta. They offered baseball tickets and discounts on beer to Hurricane Irma refugees. (Atlanta Magazine)

Cones of Uncertainty 101. What a cone of uncertainty actually means: that 1 of every 3 times, the storm will affect places outside that path and the other two times, it will follow a path somewhere in that cone. Huh? A data visualization wiz at University of Miami explains. (The Functional Art, National Hurricane Center)

“One mother of all hurricanes, two very different experiences.” The Guardian explains how different Hurricane Irma prep was for the poor and for the rich. It should make you think – and wonder how we can do better the next time, when Miami may not get a last-minute save.

Is your landlord a pendejo? Miami Beach resident Daniel Ciraldo wants to know if you’re one of the many renters in Miami-Dade whose landlord didn’t bother to put up shutters or plywood. He’s hoping to use the info to change requirements before the next storm comes. (Miami New Times)

SMH. Some private jet owners charged as much as $14,000 for a one-way flight from Florida to New York ahead of Irma via the app JetSmarter. (Miami New Times)

Competition. Does Mobile, Alabama, have a weatherman even better than Bryan Norcross? Discuss. (Pop Sugar)

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“This is the time to talk about climate change. This is the time that the president and the EPA and whoever makes decisions needs to talk about climate change. If this isn’t climate change, I don’t know what is.” – Tomás Regalado, City of Miami mayor

One more day, Miami.

It’s now acceptable to start binge eating your hurricane snacks.

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