Though we were spared the worst of Irma’s wrath, Miami still suffered the effects of a Category 1 hurricane.
Even with the storm’s eye on the other side of Florida, high tide, driving rain, and storm surge combined to produce intense flooding throughout Miami-Dade. This video from Vizcaya shows storm surge halfway up the windows. And Irma was powerful enough to suck all the water off the beaches in the Bahamas, leaving them eerily dry.
As gusts of winds up to 100 mph tore through the county, two construction cranes near downtown Miami collapsed – the first at 300 Biscayne Ave, and the second on NE 30th Street. Buildings lost their roofs. Tornadoes, like this one in Ft. Lauderdale, touched down across the region.
As of 5 p.m. Sunday, about 80 percent of homes across the county were without power (888,530 of 1.11 million). FPL says it has nearly 17,000 people working to bring power back – the “largest restoration force” in the country, the company said. Some parts of the city, like Miami Beach, will not open for re-entry until Tuesday. There’s a countywide daily curfew from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. until further notice.
Irma’s winds will diminish throughout the night and into tomorrow, but for many this will be a long, sweaty week of digging out and rebuilding. Here are 15 tips for how to do it safely. Plus, share information on hazards like flooded streets and downed power lines to help us all stay safe as we get to work.
As Irma passes, we’ll all be turning our attention to recovery. How can we help our neighbors put a city back together? How do we prepare for the inevitable next one?
The first step is knowing how to pitch in with time, money, and skills. We made this guide of suggested groups, which we’ll be updating with your input over the coming days.
Use this form to tell us which organizations are working on the ground to help with Hurricane Irma recovery. We’re teaming up with The Miami Foundation to add them to an Irma Recovery Map, and the Foundation will consider giving money to these places from its Hurricane Relief Fund.
Keep track of when places will reopen. Miami-Dade County schools, Miami International Airport, and most colleges are closed until further notice. Here’s a running list being updated by The Miami Herald.
Trump has authorized major federal recovery funding. That includes 100 percent federal reimbursement for “emergency protective measures” for 30 days in all Florida counties, and direct federal financial assistance for families in Miami-Dade and other counties. (WLRN)
‘Nothing to do about it.’ Here’s a look at how Miamians who couldn’t afford to evacuate the city handled the storm. How can we make sure all our neighbors are safe for future storms? (Miami Herald)
Fruit and vegetable insurance is a thing. And our farmers are going to need it. Florida has more than 10 percent of the country’s land dedicated to growing fresh produce, and the damage from Hurricane Irma could drive up fruit and vegetable prices for months or even years. Unfortunately, federally subsidized crop insurance is spotty and doesn’t cover many crops or small farmers. (Western Farm Press)
A requiem for Florida? Politico’s Mike Grunwald, one of South Florida’s modern historians, takes a look at how the history of development in Florida – “the paradise that should never have been”– shapes our thinking and our response to hurricanes. (Politico)
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