In downtown Miami, the few hotels open also served as paying shelters for many fleeing Hurricane Irma.
“It’s fine. At least it’s safer than the house,” said Chris McShane, who was staying at a Homewood Suites in the Brickell neighborhood.
He was here with his wife, Jennifer McShane, and two children, Ashley, 1, and Riley, 2. They were found in the hotel restaurant, the kids’ games spread along a table. The couple decided to leave their home in North Miami as Irma closed in.