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These boats were left high and dry in Coconut Grove. (Ariel Zirulnick / The New Tropic)


It’s time for evacuees to return and for all of us to get to work. We’ve got some key answers in our after-Irma guide, including:

  • What’s the gas situation like?
  • When will MIA and FLL airports reopen?
  • I want to drive back already. How are the roads?
  • Can I return if I live in an evacuation zone?
  • When is curfew and how long does it last?


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We drove from Kendall up to Liberty City, then turned around and drove south, east of I-95 and US-1 through Miami Shores, Little Haiti, Downtown, Brickell, and the Grove.

What we saw: Trees blanketing the ground everywhere and a lot of traffic lights out (although many were working in Liberty City, Downtown, and Edgewater), but not much flooding.

In Coconut Grove, South Bayshore Drive reeked of seaweed left behind by the storm surge (which also left a bunch of sailboats sitting high and dry on land). 

Most drivers were – surprise! – actually obeying the rule to treat intersections like a four-way stop if the light was out.

What Miami needs most, as FPL restores electricity bit by bit and evacuees begin flooding back from all over the southeast U.S., is patience. We’re all trying to get back on our feet, so be kind to one another. We’re through the worst of it already.

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What’s the 4-1-1? The Miami Herald’s live blog shares everything from how Irma affected spots in Overtown, like our fave Lil Greenhouse Grill, to what’s opened back up in The Grove, to what the damage in Cuba is like.

One badass rhino. Zoo Miami’s animal expert Ron Magill announced that animals at the zoo are safe and sound after the storm – including Toshi, a black rhino who survived Andrew, Wilma, Katrina, and now Irma. We’re not sure when the zoo will reopen but you bet Toshi will be there when it does. (Facebook)  

Nom nom nom. We know, you’re tired of all that hurricane food. Luckily Miami New Times has a list of restaurants that have already reopened their doors.

No way Jose. The National Hurricane Center spokesman says we don’t have to worry too much about Jose. How certain is he? Well, he took his shutters down. (Miami Herald)

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