- Title: Miami residents scramble to stock up as Irma panic sets in
- Date: 7th September 2017
- Summary: NORTH MIAMI, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 7, 2017) (REUTERS) PEOPLE WITH CARTS LINE UP FOR WATER AT COSTCO WORKER DIRECTING CUSTOMERS MORE OF LINE LINE OF CARS WAITING AT GAS STATION GAS SIGN MORE OF LINE GAS PUMP WOMAN PUMPING GAS (SOUNDBITE) (English) PETRA BRENNAN, 29, NORTH MIAMI BEACH RESIDENT, SAYING: "I am very concerned. I am paying attention, getting my batteries and preparing. I'm from the Caribbean and I am aware of hurricanes and Iâ€™m taking this very seriously." MORE OF LONG GAS LINE (SOUNDBITE) (English) MANUEL ESTRELLA, MIAMI BEACH RESIDENT, 35, YOGA TEACHER, SAYING: "This is huge. It is really huge. The surges by the beach, the water is going to come up very high. You can get trapped in your homes, it's really scary." LINE OF CARS FOR GAS VARIOUS OF WORKERS BOARDING UP STORE FRONT MIAMI, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 7, 2017) (REUTERS) MAN FIXING METAL SHUTTERS TO HOME REALTOR SHANE GRABER ON A GOLF CART (SOUNDBITE) (English) SHANE GRABER, REALTOR AND PROPERTY OWNER, SAYING: "This is going to be a test. Probably the biggest test we have had in the state of Florida when it comes to the South Florida building code which is the toughest building code in the world. And I think what we are going to see after the storm is what parts of that building code actually do in fact help protect property and people." MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES (SEPTEMBER 7, 2017) (REUTERS) CARGO SHIP LEAVING MIAMI WOMAN ON BEACH VARIOUS BEACH SCENES POLICE CAR PARK RANGERS PACKING SAND BAGS AND DISTRIBUTING THEM
- Embargoed: 21st September 2017 19:15
- Keywords: Miami police preparing Miami beach sand bags Hurricane Irma people buying water and supplies boarded up windows Florida preperations Florida
- Location: MIAMI, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES
- City: MIAMI, FLORIDA, UNITED STATES
- Country: USA
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Wind/Hurricane/Typhoons/Tornadoes
- Reuters ID: LVA0016XLN32F
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text:Hundreds of people lined up for bottled water and cars looped around city blocks to get gas on Thursday in panicked preparations for Hurricane Irma as the deadly storm creeps closer to Miami, Florida.
"I am very concerned and I am preparing," said Petra Brennan, 29, who attempted to fill up her tank at ten gas stations before finding an open Costco in North Miami Beach. "I am taking this very seriously," she added.
Manuel Estrella, 35, a yoga teacher, was also attempting to fill his tanks before trying to get as far away from Miami as possible. "It's really scary," he said.
In South Beach, a major tourist hub, city workers prepared sand bags and handed them out. Latched roofs and hurricane impact windows became mandatory after Andrew.
Packing tree-snapping winds, drenching rains and pounding surf, meteorologists say Irma is on a collision course with Florida.
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