Hurricane Irma

Miami-Dade And Broward Schools Will Reopen Monday

Sep 17, 2017
Pedro Portal / Miami Herald

Miami-Dade County Public Schools will reopen Monday, the school system announced just after noon Sunday.

But, MDCPS Superintendent Alberto Carvalho Tweeted, not all schools will have air conditioning in all parts of the school. Also, lack of power at Richmond Heights Middle School means its students will be sent to Coral Reef Senior High School. And while the buildings remain solid, expect some power blinks at those with electricity.

Matias J. Ocner / Miami Herald

Want to help Hurricane Irma victims?

Donate money, not goods. Money can be used immediately; goods have to be sorted and cleaned.

By donating funds, people with the greatest need will get them immediately, leaders of local charities say.

See a list of local charities seeking donations for storm victims from Key West to West Palm.

Nursing Home Where 8 Died Had Emergency Plan, No Mention Of Air Conditioning

Sep 16, 2017
Al Diaz / Miami Herald

When the Rehabilitation Center at Hollywood Hills submitted its 43-page emergency management plan to county administrators in July, it included details on how the home would maintain clean linen, distribute canned food and ensure residents had access to hand sanitizers.

It made no mention of how residents would be kept cool if the home’s power was lost.

That was a tragic oversight: On Wednesday, health regulators said, eight residents of the rehabilitation center succumbed to cardiac and respiratory failure after a portable air cooling system malfunctioned.

‘The Keys Are Not What You Left’: Residents Return To Middle Keys For The First Time

Sep 16, 2017
Al Diaz / Miami Herald

MARATHON - When Judith Silva pulled up to her fish market and restaurant alongside Overseas Highway at Mile Marker 52 early Saturday morning, she breathed a bit of a sigh of relief. The signs for King Seafood were still perched atop her business and the mural she had recently paid $2,000 to restore was intact.

 

Inside, was a different matter: A 2-to-3 foot storm surge had deposited a thick soup of noxious mud and likely shorted out all her freezer cases.

 

Palm Beach County may have dodged the worst of Hurricane Irma’s winds, but the storm dealt a direct hit to classrooms.

After seven days of canceled classes, the county’s public school system is weighing whether it needs to resort to makeup days to recoup lost classroom time when classes resume Monday.

No decision has been made, but Schools Superintendent Robert Avossa said he was worried about the effect of missed days on students.

“Every missed hour is a missed opportunity to grow and learn,” Avossa said.

Donna E. Natale Planas / Miami Herald

If you live in South Dade, and you still don’t have power, get ready to sweat a little longer.

FPL has tweaked its promise of restoring power to Miami-Dade County by Sunday night. Instead, anyone living south of Miller Drive — Coral Gables, South Miami, Pinecrest, Palmetto Bay, Cutler Bay, Homestead and Florida City — will have their power restored by Tuesday night.

“We have refined our timeline,” FPL spokesman Richard Beltran told the Miami Herald late Friday. “Harder hit areas in South Dade will be up by Tuesday.”

The power outages that followed hurricanes Harvey and Irma are unfortunately a common reality with powerful storms, just as is the fact that the affected people need to eat.

Hurricane diets can consist of a lot of processed, prepackaged food, but with a bit of imagination or preparation, hot meals are possible.

After Hurricane Irma hit Florida, Tara Gatscher and her family returned to their house in Tampa Bay to find that while the house didn't have any terrible damage, they didn't have power.

No, that Facebook post telling you to take a picture of your empty fridge and send it along a form is not correct. Florida Power and Light Company (FPL) denied that it will reimburse Florida residents for food spoiled as result of power outages caused by Hurricane Irma. 

"Unfortunately, there has been false information spread that FPL will reimburse customers for food losses as a result of Hurricane Irma. This is not the case," says a press release issued by the company. "FPL does not reimburse customers for food losses as a result of any natural disaster, including hurricanes."

Most Miami-Dade County Public Beaches Open Again

Sep 15, 2017
David Santiago / Miami Herald

With the exception of three beaches, Miami-Dade County announced Friday it’s safe to go back into the water.

“Based on a satisfactory microbial water quality test result,” all public beaches are safe to swim in — except Oleta and Cape Florida state parks and the Key Biscayne Beach Club, the county announced just in time for the weekend. Access to get samples had been for a time hampered to the three questionable beaches, it added, noting that for those an answer should be ready on Saturday.

Associated Press

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Administrator Brock Long says the government response to Hurricane Irma has shifted from saving lives to one of beginning the long recovery process.

Long said at a briefing Friday that good progress is being made in getting people back into their homes or into temporary housing such as apartments or hotels. About 10,000 people in Florida remain in emergency shelters.

Government of Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda was the first country to greet Hurricane Irma’s more than 185-mile-per-hour winds - the fiercest Atlantic storm ever recorded. Speaking from the capital of St. John’s on Antigua island, Prime Minister Gaston Browne said the destruction the island of Barbuda suffered is also historic. Only one person died on Barbuda, but Browne noted the place is now a “ghost town.”

“For the first time in 300 years, Barbuda is uninhabited," Browne told WLRN.

As if loss of air conditioning and refrigeration weren't bad enough, widespread power outages in hurricane-battered Florida are teaming with structural failures to cause another headache: sewage overflows.

Local governments have submitted well over 100 "notices of pollution" to the state Department of Environmental Protection since Hurricane Irma struck, some involving multiple spills and releases of millions of gallons of wastewater in various stages of treatment.

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After being out of class for more than a week, some South Florida public schools are getting ready to swing back open the doors.

Broward County Public Schools Superintendent Robert Runcie said on Saturday all teachers and students must go back to school on Monday, Sept. 18. Students in Palm Beach Schools will also resume Monday.

Miami-Dade Public Schools officials said they would make a decision late Saturday or early Sunday about reopening. 

Abe Aboraya / Health News Florida

It’s the middle of the day in Deland, a city between Orlando and Daytona Beach. Temperatures today are in the 90s.

At The Good Samaritan Society: Florida Lutheran retirement community, the doors are wide open. You can hear the hum of a generator that provides emergency power – but it isn’t big enough to run the air conditioning.

C. M. Guerrero / El Nuevo Herald

From South Miami-Dade to Miami Gardens community groups and government officials are feeding people who might still be without power after Hurricane Irma. 

Read more: After Hurricane Irma, Food Insecurity In Miami-Dade's Poorest Communities

WLRN compiled a list of  free community meals being served on Friday, Sept 15. Many of the groups hosting are also seeking volunteers and donations. 

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