MARGATE (CBSMiami) — Pockets of severe weather left some damage behind across South Florida.READ MORE: Attorney For Key Ally Of Venezuela Leader's Nicolas Maduro Called His Extradition To The US Illegal
At least one flight from Palm Beach International Airport to Atlanta had to divert to South Carolina. In north Broward, the weather caused headaches for drivers heading home and in areas like Coconut Creek and Margate, trees toppled onto homes.
Nayeem Hassan was on the first floor of his Margate home while his wife and one-year-old daughter were upstairs. Suddenly, Hassan said the wind and rain started whipping about violently.
“When I looked outside, there was a coconut tree swaying there and I wondered if that was gonna come down, too,” said Hassan.READ MORE: Haiti Gang With Past Abductions Blamed For Kidnapping Missionaries
The coconut tree didn’t come down but others did, scaring the family.
“I was downstairs in the living room. My wife went into that master room and that’s when she yelled out for me,” he explained. “I ran straight upstairs. We have a one-year-old daughter. Luckily, no window shattered or anything. Everyone was safe and okay.”
Nearby in Coconut Creek, trees and limbs pierced through a home’s ceiling. Water sopped everything below and collapsed kitchen cupboards.
Both families, though, are thankful things weren’t worse. That is, everyone inside was safe. After the storm, Hassan and a family friend spent the rest of Thursday night chain-sawing the downed trees.MORE NEWS: Miami Police Investigate Bomb Threat
“We’re trying to get it off the roof and sleep peacefully tonight.”