Powerful Hurricane Irma Slams Into Florida

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In the wake of Hurricane Irma, we’re getting a major window into how innovative the people of the Caribbean and Florida are when it comes to fending for themselves.

On Tuesday (September 12), Facebook user Susan Antunez posted a collection of photos that she originally believed were all from Hialeah residents preparing for the storm. The photos demonstrated mattresses and lawn tables being used to board up doors, bricks placed beneath cars to anchor them, and other crazy yet genius ways of protecting property.

“If you’re not local, Hialeah is a home to some of the greatest ingenuity most of the world will never see,” Antunez said. “Thank God for mediums like this where we can share what comes out of these great minds.”

Hialeah has the highest percentage of Cuban residents of any city in the US. With an overall Latinx population of more than 94 percent, it is home to one of the largest Spanish-speaking communities in the nation. But as Antunez said in her post, their innovation comes out of necessity—the median household income is just $29,249.

The photos put residents’ greatness on full display.