BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. – As South Florida braces for the impact of Hurricane Isaias, residents and business owners in Boynton Beach are taking caution.
At waterfront dining spot Two Georges, afternoon diners enjoyed the warm sun and cool breeze, which at times picked up a bit.
“Right now we are just trying to keep up with the news,” said Steve Scaggs, General Manager at Two Georges. “We saw it slowing down so feel it comfortable with today.
“We have done some breakdown, it’s a little bit safer in case there are any tropical storm force winds.”
On the closed beaches of Palm Beach County’s ocean ridge, kite surfers harness wind gusts as they ride their boards along choppy waves crashing along a near-empty shoreline.
“We will see what the wind does, what the swells doing,” said kitesurfer Jay Kavanaugh. “Before it gets too crazy, we try to get a few hours in.”
About a mile up the coast, a boater and personal watercraft driver were seen heading out to sea.
Further inland a few businesses were spotted with hurricane shutters, as most people Local 10 spoke to expressed a “wait and see” approach.
Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner issued a late-afternoon reminder for residents to remain vigilant.
“It will start it get worse before it gets better,” said Kerner. “We hope that the storm doesn’t strengthen as it moves through the coastal waters of Florida.”
Palm Beach County opens shelters
Palm Beach County opened four general population shelters and a pet friendly shelter for animals only for residents that reside in Evacuation Zone A. The shelters opened at 8 a.m. on Saturday.
Evacuation Zone A is for residents living in a manufactured/mobile home or sub-standard housing.
Palm Beach County has contacted all Special Needs Shelter clients to inquire on their need to be sheltered at the South Florida Fairgrounds facility.
The four general population shelters are:
- Lake Shore Middle School: 425 W Canal St. N, Belle Glade
- Palm Beach Gardens High School: 4245 Holly Dr., Palm Beach Gardens
- Palm Beach Central High School: 8499 Forest Hill Blvd., Wellington
- Park Vista High School: 7900 Jog Rd., Lake Worth
- Animals only shelter for residents sheltering at Park Vista High School – West Boynton Recreation Center: 6000 Northtree Blvd., Lake Worth
Shelters will be setup to accommodate social distancing. Families will not have more space, but spaces between families will be larger. Residents should be prepared to take their own cleaning items such as soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes or general household cleaning supplies to disinfect surfaces.
Officials said residents are strongly urged to shelter in place if safe to do so. It is safer at home. Those utilizing designated shelters will be screened, temperatures taken and required to wear facial coverings. Facial coverings are required for everyone over the age of 2.
The Emergency Information Center, (561) 712-6400, is staffed 24 hours per day to answer with questions regarding sheltering and hurricane preparedness.
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