Hurricane Matthew: Mayor Muoio: ‘We dodged a bullet’

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The dire and worsening predictions of Cat 4 winds didn’t come true in West Palm Beach, where tree limbs snapped around the city, power outages were widespread but not lasting, there was little damage of consequence and no injuries reported.

“We ended up being quite fortunate,” Mayor Jeri Muoio said Friday morning. “We dodged a bullet.”

Crews are out around the city, and officials are asking residents to stay off the roads so the city can clean up.

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Boats still where they left them at Palm Beach Sailing Club.
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Surveying the boats still safely moored in the Intracoastal.
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Did our boats survive the storm? Looking out at the moorings in the Intracoastal Waterway.

“We’re in good shape,” the mayor said. “We’ve basically got palm fronds and some downed trees.”

The city’s tall radio towers appeared to have emerged unscathed. An assisted living facility experienced a minor fire at the 4200 or 4300 block of Australian Avenue but no one was injured or evacuated, the mayor said.

City Hall lost power but got it back, along with the city’s computer systems. There were a few water main breaks but no serious flooding. A few lift stations went down but were powered up with generators.

“We’re very lucky,” she said.

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