I have been through a few hurricanes since moving to South Florida, but I haven't seen anything like Hurricane Irma. Even though the eye of the storm was over one hundred miles away from Miami, the storm was so big, it covered the entire state and it was moving slowly. The area was hit with strong winds for over twenty four hours. It seemed like it would never end.
Many areas of the state were hit much harder than South Florida, but the damage in the area is significant.
Yesterday, the day after the storm, I went to the Brickell area of Miami that was impacted by both the wind and the storm surge. The majority of traffic lights were out, many people without power and water which is predicted to possibly last for months.
A major clean up has already begun and with time, things will return to a relative normal here in South Florida. We have a lot to be thankful for.