Courthouses were closed throughout the region Monday. Public schools, Catholic schools and many college and university campuses were closed in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Palm Beach and Monroe County public schools will closed Tuesday. Broward and Miami-Dade plan to reopen Tuesday.
“We’re very confident tomorrow will be a regular school day,’’ said Alberto Carvalho, superintendent of Miami-Dade Schools.
Broward crews were out early Monday assessing damage, and found “mid to moderate flooding in isolated areas,’’ said Margaret Stapleton, spokeswoman for the county’s Emergency Operations Center.
PortMiami and Port Everglades reopened Monday for landside operations only. Waterside operations at the ports were still restricted pending completion of channel surveys and safe sea conditions.
For South Florida, Isaac’s broad tail of rain could continue to cause problems. But the storm largely amounted to what Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez called a practice run for a region that dodged its first hurricane strike since Wilma in 2005. Forecasters had predicted it might hit the Keys as a Category 1 hurricane.
“It’s a good thing. We prepared for the worst,” Gimenez said. “Obviously we’re not going to get the worst. It’s a relief.”
Relief was the consensus among many in South Florida.
At Hallandale Beach’s Ingalls Park, city crews picked up dozens of fallen tree limbs and raked a bunch of leaves as the strong wind continued to blow.
“We were very, very fortunate,” said city spokesman Peter Dobens. “There was a lot of wind, a lot of rain. It could have been worse.”
In Hollywood, crews worked overnight into Monday morning clearing tree debris, said Raelin Storey, a city spokeswoman.
Despite concerns of flooding in Hollywood’s low-lying areas, though, Storey said the city “came through it pretty well.’’
She said the city suffered sporadic power outages, about a dozen felled trees and minimal standing water.
“All in all not too bad,’’ she said.
Homestead also appeared no worse for the wear.
“We’re doing pretty well,’’ said Homestead’s city manager, George Gretsas. “As of today, we’ve had minor flooding here or there, we’ve had very few power outages and mostly very little in terms of major debris.’’
The Homestead Police Department reported up to two feet of standing water in residential communities and a few sink holes possibly forming. One tree was downed.
The area’s agricultural community also fared relatively well. But some avocado trees lost fruit and broke branches in the high winds, said Teresa Olczyk, director of the Miami-Dade County/University of Florida Cooperative Extension office.
In Haiti, meanwhile, the death toll continued to grow and officials were still assessing widespread damage.
The Office of Civil Protection on Monday reported 19 deaths — up from seven previously reported. The deaths included a young man killed in a landslide in DonDon, a town in northern Haiti, and a 10-year-old girl who was killed when her home collapsed north of Port-au-Prince.
In the tourist town of Jacmel, in Haiti’s southern peninsula, the damage was pronounced. Houses were still standing but crops — and livelihoods — were washed away.
The regional death toll now stands at 21, including two people who died after being swept away in a river in the Dominican Republic.
Miami Herald staff writers Curtis Morgan, Cammy Clark, Hannah Sampson, Christina Veiga, Laura Isensee, Lazaro Gamio, Susan Cocking, Kathleen McGrory and Toluse Olorunnipa contributed to this report from Tallahassee.