Many in Miami Beach spend 4th night without power

Crews work to restore grid in wake of Hurricane Irma

By Glenna Milberg - Reporter

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - Although officials with Florida Power & Light said Tuesday that they're working to restore the grid, entire neighborhoods in Miami Beach are about to spend a fourth night in the dark and in clammy heat.

Many intersections remain without working traffic signals as crews work to reconnect the area.

"We have to clear the feeder lines before we can clear distribution lines and get everybody powered up," electrician Darren Gaine said.

Gaine spoke with Local 10 News outside a housing complex for the elderly that is among the apartment buildings without power.

When asked if he knew when to expect electricity, resident Bernie Collazo said, "They say maybe tomorrow, but (it’s) hard to tell."

In the meantime, city crews pushed through the sweltering heat to pick up debris, such as a tree canopy toppled by Hurricane Irma.

Some stores have started removing their boards, and other businesses and restaurants have opened for business. Still, cleanup will take more time.

"Everybody is losing money," one man on Ocean Drive said. "It's Mother Nature. You can't do anything about it."

"That's all we can do," he said. 

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