MIAMI (CBSMiami) — Mayor Carlos Gimenez spoke Monday about Tropical Storm Isaac and its effects on South Florida.
“Our community has largely avoided the damaging effects of the storm,” Gimenez said via a news release late Monday afternoon.
However, he said the “training rains” and wind that accompanied the “feeder bands” on the back side of Isaac had taken a toll.
“As heavy rains and winds continue, many of our residents are without power. Florida Power & Light (FPL) is working diligently to restore power to those who have been affected,” Gimenez acknowledged.
Here are the latest outage numbers from FPL.
Mayor Gimenez said that “Isaac has served as a strong reminder to everyone about the importance of being prepared for the possibility of severe weather.”
“Residents have had the chance over the past few days to dust off their storm preparation plans, restock their hurricane supplies and get reacquainted with the whole process,” Gimenez added.
The news release added a few notes on county services:
- Miami International Airport is open, and travelers should check with their airline to confirm flight information as operations return to normal.
- PortMiami is open and operational. Cruise passengers should contact their cruise line for information about their trips.
- Metrobus, Metrorail and Metromover are all running on their normal schedules again.
- Miami-Dade’s Special Transportation Service – STS – is fully operational.
- Garbage pick-up is back to normal.
- All Miami-Dade County marinas are open.
- Miami-Dade County offices and courthouses will reopen for business tomorrow. Miami-Dade Public Schools will reopen for class tomorrow.
- Finally, the 3-1-1 Answer Center remains open until 8:00 p.m. tonight with normal hours resuming tomorrow.
Mayor Gimenez said the 3-1-1 team did a tremendous job, fielding over 30,000 calls since Friday night.