Miami gets a ghost-town look ahead of Hurricane Irma’s arrival

Many Miami-area residents hunkered down at home or left town as the powerful storm approached

Normally crowded parts of the Miami area were virtually vacant as many residents left town and others hunkered down in homes and other shelters as Hurricane Irma approached Florida. Here are some of the unusual sites around town:

Boarded-up properties in South Beach. (Credit: Daily Mail)


Nearly empty highways in Miami. (Credit:


An abandoned stretch of sand in Miami Beach. (Credit:


A poorly attended Miami Marlins baseball game Sept. 6 in Miami against the Washington Nationals as Hurricane Irma approached Florida. (Credit: Twitter/Dan Kolko via Business Insider)

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Empty streets in downtown Miami. (Credit: Reuters)