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Here's What It Looks Like To Be Stuck In A Miami Hotel During Hurricane Irma

Stranded travelers, emergency workers, and lots of waiting.

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Ana James arrived at Miami's Fairfield Inn and Suites Saturday with her mother, daughter, and younger sister. They evacuated fairly late from the Brickell neighborhood of Miami, which has been heavily flooded as of Sunday afternoon. "When we decided to leave, it was too late to find a shelter that would take dogs, so we came here," said James.

The hotel has become a temporary shelter for emergency workers, stranded tourists, and locals who weren't able to evacuate until the last minute. Photographer Nicole Craine captured the scene.

Nicole Craine for BuzzFeed News

Guests and emergency response crews have breakfast at the hotel. Julie Maldonado, director of sales at Fairfield Inn and Suites, told BuzzFeed News that "50 rooms at the hotel are dedicated to electric and tree cleanup crews for the FPL [Florida Power & Light] which have been booked since September 5th."

"After Hurricane Andrew, it was a disaster, logistically. This time, they are ready."


This is a developing story and will be updated as the hurricane progresses.

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