My wife is on her first work trip since the pandemic began in 2020 and we happen to be passing though Miami. So, it was bizarre to wake up to news that a high-rise apartment just up the coast had collapsed in the early hours of Thursday. It became national news. It was on a strip that we often pass en route to a shopping mall. Ironically, we’re staying south of there, in downtown Miami, part of a city of pale colour high-rise buildings of no great design greatness, about which I was complaining as I looked out of a hotel window.
By day’s end, Florida’s governor had declared a state of emergency (SOE):
Following which, President Biden approved the SOE, so that federal relief assistance could be provided:
Our daughter met some friends around Miami Beach yesterday and noticed that police were everywhere. It’s an odd situation, and we hope and pray that the death toll will remain low: it’s currently 1 person, but about 100 are still not yet accounted for.