FT LAUDERDALE (CBSMiami) – After being cooped up Thursday, glued to televisions or radios tracking Hurricane Matthew’s progress, some residents of Juno beach hit the beach Friday after the storm passed.READ MORE: Surfside Condo Collapse: At Least 1 Dead, 99 Unaccounted For; 55 Units Involved In Catastrophe
Unfortunately they found a few casualties – turtle nests. We’re still in turtle nesting season and Matthew whipped waves pounded onshore and destroyed some out of the nests.
The human population fared far better. No storm related major injuries were reported. However, there was some clean up to do. Matthew’s winds toppled some trees, snapped branches on others, damaged outdoor signs and downed some power lines.
Most residents, like Joy and Seth Eaton, said they were glad they took precautions before the storm arrived like stocking up on food, and water, and putting up shutters. Even though they dodged a bullet, they’re glad they prepared.READ MORE: Condo Collapse: FIU Professor Found Surfside Building Had Been Sinking For Decades
“You just never know. I’ve lived here my whole like and I remember my parents down in Boca with Wilma, they almost didn’t put up shutters and then it ended up being aweful. So you just never know. You have to prepare and hope your preparations you don’t need them in the end,” said Joy Eaton. “Yep, we’re thankful. Not too much damage to the home or any of the loved ones. We are fortunate.”
For Seth, it was his first hurricane.
“I moved down here from the north a couple years ago. I’ve been through several blizzards. The preparation was a little different, I’m just glad I don’t have to do any shoveling this morning,” he said.MORE NEWS: Condo Collapse: Despite Broken Pelvis After 4-Story Fall, Mom Pulls Daughter Out Of Rubble