Wilma plays trick on S. Florida

first_imgMIAMI – Trick-or-treating was canceled for many youngsters across South Florida on Monday – a week after Hurricane Wilma struck – because the power was still out in many places and storm debris made some streets and sidewalks hazardous. Nine-year-old Mika Lorenzo was disappointed, but still planned to wear his knight’s costume for Halloween. “In Miami Springs, they always have parties and tell stories. And now they have canceled that,” Mika said. Officials in Miami and other communities asked parents not to let their children go out after dark. Elsewhere, a young victim of another hurricane got a big Halloween treat: Ten-year-old Glenn Hall III, a New Orleans trumpeter whose house and horn were destroyed by Katrina, was given a new instrument and the role of grand marshal for the Greenwich Village parade in New York, the nation’s biggest public Halloween event. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week By Monday afternoon, Florida Power & Light, the state’s largest electric utility, said power had been restored to 75 percent of the customers who were blacked out by the Oct. 24 storm, but that left 800,000 homes and businesses still without electricity. Up to 160,000 customers might not get service back until Nov. 22, FPL said. The state listed about 1,500 people still in emergency shelters. The Lower Keys and Key West were reopened to tourists. Previously, only residents were allowed in. Public schools in Broward and Palm Beach counties were closed through at least Wednesday and in Miami-Dade through today. The death toll from Wilma climbed to 21 in Florida over the weekend. Bob Cole of Miami Springs said he would keep his daughter, Celeste, 7, at home on Halloween. “There is a lot of dangerous stuff on the street. Downed wires, hazardous debris, generators unattended,” Cole said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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