We rounded up the last of the missing clan via cell phone today, and that was a big relief. Every member of the family and the friends we were able to reach reported sustaining some damage to their homes and/or property.
The latest news from the family, who live everywhere from Boca Raton to Homestead:
Waiting for gas in lines takes 3 to 8 hours depending on the city and few people are commuting to work in order to conserve; good news is some gas is getting delivered now.
The sewer system is backing up in Boca Raton, and if they didn't get the plant pumps running today, city officials warned there might be flooding.
My son's best friend in Coral Springs will not be attending his private Christian school for three weeks as it sustained heavy damages, but some cities' public schools are slated to reopen as early as next week.
Broward County is now under an 11 pm to 6 am curfew. Police are stopping people and at times searching vehicles.
Most cities are expediting roof permits so repairs can begin. Many people are electing to make temporary repairs due to the slow response of insurance agencies.
The Sun-Sentinel hurricane blog reports on how the storm has affected some of the elderly.