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When the power went out, everything was pitch black,” Bryant said.Gates said she did think the historically African-American city did a solid job of informing residents about the latest with the storm but hopes they will be as active in the cleanup and recovery phase.“Overtown, with as valuable as the property is, there's a ‘We'll get to it,’ kind of attitude,” Gates said.Gates said that she hadn’t heard of any serious damage or injuries from neighbors. Our neighbors were out there chopping their own trees and helping people out,” Gates said.Miami-Dade and Broward counties were spared the worst of the storm, but the Florida Keys were hit hard. Rick Scott said the damage was not as bad as he had expected — until he saw the devastation in the Middle Keys.
“We're purposely sitting here because it’s nice and cool,” Ashley said.So far, FPL has restored power to 200,000 customers in Miami-Dade.They have another 800,000 to go, said spokeswoman Florencia Contesse.“This was a pretty severe hurricane for us.” The workers fixing the power line in the Country Walk area were contractors with Pike, a North Carolina based company.They are among 19,500 workers helping to restore electricity throughout the state. Navy warships off the Florida coast were still awaiting word through channels from the state this afternoon on how they might be used to help in post-Irma relief operations.