Homeless people of Miami feel abandoned in the face of the hurricane

With the approach of Hurricane Irma cranes in downtown Miami have changed from symbols of a development boom to potentially life-threatening hazards

Though Miami is far from Irma's landfall in the Florida Keys, winds from the 400-mile-wide storm were blasting through the metro area.

A wall of water has trapped Miami store owner's in their shop as Hurricane Irma causes widespread flooding across the city.

Based on current projections, the affected branches are expected to reopen by Sunday.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott and other officials have been warning citizens that Irma could be the storm of the century - a hurricane with every bit the destructive capacity as Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

A partially submerged vehicle at a flooded area in Coconut Grove as Hurricane Irma arrives in south Florida, in Miami, Fla., on September 10, 2017.

While people in the state anxiously watched the massive storm, Irma battered the northern Caribbean, killing at least six people and leaving thousands homeless after destroying buildings and uprooting trees. Getting back would be as hard as getting out, she said, since US 1 is the island chain's only link to the mainland. "We just cannot gamble on the wind".

Luckily, most in Miami have evacuated in advance of Irma.

Although Irma's eye was almost 100 miles from the Miami area, hurricane-force wind gusts battered the area on Sunday.

One couple who had taken shelter inside their store filmed as the water level rose outside their windows and began to seep through the cracks under the door, trapping them inside. "Where am I going to go?" "I'm not going to get on the road with the insane people".

"I can't go and not get back", she said.

Mandatory evacuation orders apply to all barrier islands around South Florida, including Redington Shores, where Roberts' condo complex towers over a narrow reach of sand. Now she's eight months pregnant and her doctor told her to stay in a place where she feels comfortable and safe.

"If I wasn't pregnant, I'd be in the auto headed north with my dog and my husband", she said.

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