Clearwater Florida Hotels Resume Businesses As Hurricane Irma Hits
Clearwater, Florida – Hurricane Irma has been downgraded to a tropical storm, with winds of 70 mph, by the National Hurricane Center.
The storm is expected to weaken to a category 1 hurricane with sustained winds of 50 mph.
Clearwater hotel owners said they have resumed operations after their facilities were damaged by Irma.
The city of Clearwater reopened at 3:30 p.m.
Monday, and the other hotels in the city reopened at 5 p..m., the city’s website said.
Clearpool Beach reopened Friday afternoon, and Clearwater Resort and Marina reopened Monday.
The hotels have been closed for the last two days.
The city of Palm Beach reopened at 7 p.ms.
Clearwater Beach hotel owners are preparing for Hurricane Irma, which is downgraded from a tropical cyclone to a hurricane, and it’s expected to make landfall as a Category 3 storm later this week, the city said in a news release.
Clearwaters residents should follow directions and stay inside and out of their buildings.
It’s still too early to tell how long the city of Coral Gables will stay closed, city manager Jeff Miller said.
Coral Gables has reopened its schools, said spokeswoman Amy Miller.
Residents are encouraged to stay inside, monitor local weather reports and take appropriate safety precautions.
The City of Palm Beaches has also reopened its beaches and has opened beaches to the public for the first time since the storm.
A woman who works in the resort’s kitchen said she was working on the second shift at 3 p.meters when she noticed a large white hole.
“It was so big, you could see the bottom of the sink, the bottom half of the kitchen, the whole kitchen,” the woman said.
“It was just everywhere.
A woman was working in a kitchen at the Coral Gable resort when she saw a large hole in the ceiling. “
The woman said she left her home when the storm approached.
A woman was working in a kitchen at the Coral Gable resort when she saw a large hole in the ceiling.
She said she heard someone in the kitchen yelling “Clearwater!” and that someone appeared to be in a hurry to get to the beach, but she said she didn’t hear what they were saying.
An employee at the resort said she’s not sure what caused the hole, but the hole appeared to appear about two weeks ago.
“I know it’s not the biggest hole I’ve ever seen, but it was big enough to get your head under it,” she said.
The woman who lives on the resort property said she thought it was a “big storm” because it’s so far from home.”
An estimated 1.6 million Floridians have been affected by Hurricane Irma and are being told to evacuate their homes, said Mayor Joe Manahan.”
I’m sure it will be a little bit of a hassle to get around, but I’m sure the people that live here will do the best they can.”
An estimated 1.6 million Floridians have been affected by Hurricane Irma and are being told to evacuate their homes, said Mayor Joe Manahan.