MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The worst of Isaac is over in South Florida but emergency managers in Miami-Dade County continue to urge local residents to stay inside if at all possible due to gusty winds and the potential for more heavy rainfall.
“Although the hurricane watch for the county has been lifted, we remain under a tropical storm warning,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez. “These weather conditions will persist into the evening and into tomorrow morning.”
The Miami-Dade Emergency Operations Center has been at full Level-1 operation since 5 a.m. Sunday morning. Gimenez said.
The intense wind was extremely evident by CBS4 reporters Maggie Newland and Summer Knowles who reported live on CBS4 News Sunday afternoon. Maggie was on Miami Beach and Summer was on Hollywood Beach. Both had trouble standing up in Isaac’s intense wind every time a squall came ashore.
See their videos here.
Miami International Airport remained open as of 1 p.m., but more than 500 flights have been canceled in an effort to maintain safety.
Gimenez said FPL reported 3,900 customers lost power in Miami-Dade County, but 500 of those customers have already had their power restored. Gimenez said FPL deployed more than 7,700 restoration workers in the field.
“We got prepared for the worst, obviously we’re not going to get the worst, but it’s a good exercise for us and the residents of Miami-Dade County,” Gimenez said. “Thank god, I don’t think it’s going to be too bad.”
Miami-Dade issued an evacuation order for people who live in mobile home parks, unsafe structures and areas prone to flooding. The county opened three shelters for evacuees.
- In North Miami-Dade, the shelter located at Dr. Michael Krop Senior High had 13 evacuees.
- In Central Dade, the shelter located at Booker T. Washington High School had 42 evacuees.
- In South Miami-Dade, the shelter located at Robert Morgan Sr. High, had 56 evacuees.
All three shelters will serve breakfast Monday then close by 10:00 a.m.
Metrobus, Metrorail, and Metromover all resume normal weekday service on Monday. However, all county offices will be closed Monday and all non-essential county employees should remain home on Monday and return to work on Tuesday.
Here’s how to use the CBS4 site to monitor Isaac: