Miami will probably be able to recover from Hurricane Irma relatively quickly.
Wind gusts in the area were recorded at nearly 100 miles per hour yesterday during the storm – similar to what was recorded during Hurricane Wilma in 2005.
Structural damage in Miami and Miami Beach appears to be far less though, compared to Wilma. Mostly it is in the form of downed trees, torn awnings, and other minor damage. Some stores have already reopened just one day after the storm.
In Brickell, there does not appear to have been a repeat of Wilma, when streets were covered with shattered glass partially caused by flying roof gravel. Although there was significant storm surge, it drained quickly.
Overall, government and residents were much better prepared than previous storms (and also luckily avoided a direct hit.)
Glass at Brickell Arch and 1200 Brickell appears intact, unlike after Wilma:
(photos: Arian Campo-Flores, Bianca Peters/twitter)
Worldcenter cam showing a beautiful day after the storm: