Monday, October 26, 2020
The Latest: Miami-Dade, Broward Schools To Open Monday

The Latest: Miami-Dade, Broward Schools To Open Monday

In this Sept. 13, 2017, photo, debris surrounds a destroyed structure in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Big Pine Key, Fla. Rising sea levels and fierce storms have failed to stop relentless population growth along U.S. coasts in recent years, a new Associated Press analysis shows. The latest punishing hurricanes scored bull’s-eyes on two of the country’s fastest growing regions: coastal Texas around Houston and resort areas of southwest Florida. Photo: AP Photo/Alan Diaz.

MIAMI (AP) — The Latest on Hurricane Irma in Florida (all times local):

12:30 p.m.

Students in two of the nation’s largest school districts will return to class Monday.

Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho tweeted that some schools still don’t have air conditioning but they will try to make it comfortable for students and staff. He said tardies and absences will be excused Monday because of lingering power outages throughout the community. Broward County schools will also resume Monday.

The news comes as a relief for parents worried about juggling childcare as they head into a second week of recovering from Hurricane Irma.

Some families in the two districts — which serve almost 700,000 students — are still without power.

In some of the hardest hit areas of southwest Florida and in Monroe County, which includes the Florida Keys, classes have been postponed until Sept. 25.

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11:30 a.m.

At just 61 square-feet it’s the smallest post office in the nation, but it still held its own against Hurricane Irma.

The Ochopee Post Office in rural Collier County lost power temporarily, but stood strong as Irma destroyed several buildings in the area, including the home of the postal clerk.

The Naples Daily News reports that Postal Clerk Shannon Mitchell lost her home in the storm and so did several of her family members.

The littlest post office has one 131-mile mail route serving more than 900 residents, including delivery on the Miccosukee Indian Reservation.

Mitchell opened the office on Friday.

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News Talk Florida Staff