QUESTION #1: What’s taking place on the ground in Miami and was the devastation from Hurricane Irma as bad as expected?


Ed Stephens:

“Well, for this particular area of Miami-Dade County, there was a lot of damage as far as trees down and fences knocked over. I haven’t seen any roofs torn off. A lot of that has been improved since Hurricane Andrew hit here 25 years ago. Houses are better constructed and roofs are attached better than they used to be. We have a lot of trees down, and huge power outages. And now, just I’m kind of losing track of time … I don’t know, 3-4 days past the worst of the storm. We’re about four days past the storm now.

I’m losing track because we’re working 12-hour shifts, day and night, non-stop since the storm hit. But there’s been a very good clean up job out here. I think I heard the number yesterday that we went from over 4 million without electricity in the state of Florida, to about one and a half million as of last night. The people from FPL, Florida Power and Light, are just doing an outstanding job. Pre-deploying their assets and their crews and they get out there and get after it sixteen hours a day and just keep on going and trying to get people’s electricity turned back on. That’s the main thing after the storm is getting your electricity back and you know so you can have some air conditioning and being able to cook, and just the simple things that folks might take for granted if they don’t have to live through hurricanes.

… it wasn’t nearly as bad as what was predicted and outside of my house all we had was some fence damage and a lot of trees down. But overall, thank God, we did not get the full brunt of the storm here the way that the West side of the state did, and it’s not nearly as bad.”

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