Hurricane Irma Approaches Miami As A Cafe Prepares For The Storm A café in Miami remained open on Saturday as customers prepared for the weather. The owners are praying for the best as this is the strongest storm they've seen in the two decades they've lived here.
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As Irma Approaches Miami, Twin Brothers Serve Up Last-Minute Coffee And Croissants

Top: Customers at Café Croissant peek through the front window ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Irma in Miami, Fla., on Saturday. Bottom: Co-owner Pascal Vedel prepares a box of croissants. Cassi Alexandra for NPR hide caption

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Hurricane Irma is expected to bring high winds and heavy rains across Florida as a Category 4 storm. While many people stocked up on supplies and boarded up their windows, a few businesses remained open in Miami on Saturday.

Café Croissant had its bright "open" sign lit, welcoming customers in from the rain. Pascal Vedel, who co-owns the cafe with his twin brother Didier, greets each patron with a smile and offers them coffee. The brothers are originally from Montpellier, in southern France.

Café Croissant owners and twin brothers Didier (left) and Pascal Vedel serve customers in Miami on Saturday. They opened their doors Saturday morning at 7 a.m. with the plan to stay open until noon unless the weather encouraged them to close earlier. Cassi Alexandra for NPR hide caption

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Café Croissant owners and twin brothers Didier (left) and Pascal Vedel serve customers in Miami on Saturday. They opened their doors Saturday morning at 7 a.m. with the plan to stay open until noon unless the weather encouraged them to close earlier.

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Didier, who looks nearly identical to Pascal, steps out of the kitchen with a warm plate of food. After visiting Miami 20 years ago, they decided to move to the city because they loved the mix of people.

Hurricane Irma is the strongest storm the twins have experienced while living here.

Hurricane Irma approaches the Miami skyline seen on Saturday morning. Cassi Alexandra for NPR hide caption

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"We have to pray for the best," Pascal says. "There is going to be a [storm] all the way from Key West to Jacksonville."

Patron after patron walks through the doors and gushes about the hardworking brothers. They're especially happy to enjoy their delicious food on such a stormy day.

One of the customers is Elias Smith, 21, a student at University of Miami. He also lives in an apartment above the cafe.

Elias Smith, 21, and Rachel Grunert, 21, are students from The University of Miami. Smith lives above the café and Grunert will be staying with him since her dorm was evacuated. Cassi Alexandra for NPR hide caption

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"There is a magic to this city that no other city I've been to has," Smith says.

Smith stopped in to pick up some food along with Rachel Grunert, 21, a friend from school who's staying with Smith after she was evacuated from her campus dorm.

"I think people that live in Miami are very strong mindset type of people," Grunert says. "My hope is that everyone rallies after, to rebuild if necessary."

Pascal (left) and Didier Vedel are originally from Montpellier in the south of France. Pascal says he and his brother decided to move to Miami after vacationing here 20 years earlier. Cassi Alexandra for NPR hide caption

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Pascal (left) and Didier Vedel are originally from Montpellier in the south of France. Pascal says he and his brother decided to move to Miami after vacationing here 20 years earlier.

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Pascal and Didier opened at 7 a.m., and closed around noon so they could get home before the curfew issued by Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado.

"Have a good day! Be safe," Pascal says as a customer walks out the door.

Patrons of Café Croissant enjoy a meal at one of the few restaurants open in Miami ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Irma on Saturday. Cassi Alexandra for NPR hide caption

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Patrons of Café Croissant enjoy a meal at one of the few restaurants open in Miami ahead of the arrival of Hurricane Irma on Saturday.

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Cassi Alexandra is an independent photographer who splits her time between Orlando, Fla., and Brooklyn, N.Y.

Café Croissant owners and twin brothers Didier (left) and Pascal Vedel prepare food in their kitchen. This is the strongest storm they have experienced while living in Miami. Cassi Alexandra for NPR hide caption

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Café Croissant owners and twin brothers Didier (left) and Pascal Vedel prepare food in their kitchen. This is the strongest storm they have experienced while living in Miami.

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