From WFLA: “An officer in Miami-Dade County ran into a Catholic school principal taking a chainsaw to trees knocked down in the road by Hurricane Irma. According to the police department, Sister Margaret Ann was cutting the trees to clear neighborhood roadways following Hurricane Irma. Sister Margaret Ann is the principal of Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School, a private Roman Catholic high school in Miami-Dade County. The police department posted a video and photos to Facebook with the message, “As we recover from #HurricaneIrma, these acts of kindness remind us all that we are #OneCommunity in #MiamiDadeCounty! Thank you Sister.”
2.5 million customers have had their power restored as of 2 am Weds. There’s still 4.3 million to go…but that’s real progress. Some areas may wait weeks – where most utility poles were toppled and many of the houses have been destroyed. As of late Tues. evening, 98% of power was still out in Highlands Co. and Seabring, where winds gusted to near 100 mph. 80% of Polk County lost power. Power has been restored to 80% of customers who lost power in Alabama.
Look at the island of Saint Barthelemy before and after Irma. The island is approx. 9.7 square miles – the highest hill rises to 938 feet above sea level – population approx. 9,290. Everyone was evacuated from the Dry Tortugas west of Key West…
Fort Jefferson is a National Park. They hope to return to see how much damage was done by Irma. Since the eye passed well east of Fort Jefferson, they are hopeful that damage was minimal. Fort Jefferson is 70 miles west of Key West and 100 miles west of where the eye of Irma passed. Fort Jefferson has more than 16 million bricks – it’s the largest brick structure in the Western Hemisphere. They’re called the “Dry” Tortugas because there is no fresh water there, except what you can catch from passing showers. Generators supply limited electricity.