MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Food, gas, medicine – they’re all probably on the long list of things you normally buy and might not be able to find so easily right now.
There is sign of life as people escape the heat in their homes — they are out and about sitting outside at a few restaurants that are now open — take a look at this parking lot — lots of people coming out to get some food but also resume life after hurricane Irma.
“So hot. We couldn’t sleep. We couldn’t cook. So it was terrible,” one resident told CBS4’s Silva Harapetian. “We came here to get fresh air and eat something.”
As FPL restores power, some restaurants, grocery stores and retailers open their doors in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.
“Publix has 40 stores up and running. Right now a lot of them have limited supplies and some of them are going to be closing early, but they are up and running. Sedano’s has 21 of their stores up and running, Winn-Dixie has 15 and Costco has three and Walmart has one and there are 21 CVS pharmacy’s open and Walgreens has two,” Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez said.
Jase Rivera checked out his local Walmart.
“Trying to get the essentials, the everyday stuff,” Rivera said. “It’s madness inside. Long lines and everything.”
Stores busy with people buying the essentials and non-essentials. One man bought a TV just because.
Officials in Miami-Dade and Broward asking people to take it easy.
“Want to remind all residents unless you’re need to get out and about is for essential services people stay off the roadways,” said Broward Mayor Barbara Sharief. “Roadways are still very dangerous due to debris and traffic lights that are not fully functioning.”
So don’t aimlessly drive around.
Miami-Dade County has created a website to help residents find open stores.
Here is a list of the stores Miami-Dade is tracking:
- Home Depot
Click here to visit Miami-Dade County’s website.
Broward County’s website only lists generator-ready businesses that could potentially be open. The inclusion of a business on their list is not a guarantee that the business will be open.
Click here to view Broward County’s list.