What Travelers Should Know About Miami's Hurricane Irma Damage (Video)
UPDATED 12:15 p.m. ET:
Miami-Dade county has made strides in its recovery following Hurricane Irma, with many hotels and attractions already reopened for business.
Resorts and hotels in Miami Beach such as the Delano, SLS South Beach, The Betsy Hotel, Soho Beach House, and Fontainebleau Miami Beach are all open. The county lifted its curfew last week, with restaurants and nightlife spots having reopened their doors, and the Bass Museum of Art is welcoming visitors.
Children returned to school Monday, as many residents still remained without power. Nearly 100,000 people were without power in Miami Monday, and Florida Power & Light promised that all power would be restored by Tuesday the Miami Herald reported. Dozens of hotels, including Loews Miami Beach, are offering $99 hotels to people who continue to be without electricity.
The city didn't take a direct hit from the hurricane, which was a Category 4 storm when it made landfall, but it is coping with the effects of flooding, downed power lines, and debris after torrential rain and 100 mile per hour winds.
Huge trees blocked main roads in downtown Miami in photographs that surfaced Monday, and many boats in the marina sustained damage.
Passenger flights at the Miami International Airport resumed a partial flight schedule on Tuesday, and the airport posted an advisory on their social media sites, urging travelers to contact their airlines directly, as they work to get the international hub running at full capacity.
The Miami airport sustained “significant water damage,” with all terminals seeing leaks, the airport’s director, Emilio González told the Miami Herald.
Some of the largest hotels in Miami are reopening this week. The Four Seasons is reopening its doors Thursday, and the JW Marriott reopened Tuesday morning.
Guests should check directly with their hotel, particularly with smaller boutique lodgings or Airbnb hosts where damage might prevent them from staying.