As you probably noticed by looking outside Monday morning and seeing that everything was intact, save some larger-than-usual puddles and broken branches, Tropical Storm Isaac wasn't exactly an apocalyptic event for Miami. Sure, it did result in some canceled flights, power outages, and scheduling issues for a bunch of rich white men in Tampa. But as the first storm of the hurricane season, it was a bust, giving Miami-Dade a day or two of wind, rain, and piles of palm fronds on the streets.
That didn't stop local news organizations from beginning the imminent terror watch late Friday night without letting up throughout the weekend. The updates came fast and furious: Where Isaac was headed, where we could get plywood and sandbags, whether or not we should begin bashing in our neighbors' heads to feast upon the goo inside. They even went to their readers and viewers for photos and opinions on just how hard it was raining.
Not to be outdone, we here at the New Times went to Twitter and called upon our own intrepid audience to send us their disaster photos. Here are some of the best responses we got.
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From there, our readers bravely faced the intermittent rain to document the carnage.
But through all the mayhem and wet shoes, we shouldn't forget that lives were irrevocably changed by this storm.
Godspeed, Roxanne Vargas' hat. You will live on in our memory forever, just like Tropical Storm Ivan ... er, Isaac.