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8A THE PALM BEACH POST WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, 1999 MSL PPGME FLOYD 0 1 ' I f r f r f ' 4 ' -7W ? I ! r r i ' M I I- I ' I J J - . i ? i : I : i r w ' I ' . 9 5Lil Uf j "i , ...J f ..)'' '"-.v 'S - I F, .... - ' ' .... 8 " ,""' 'ITT WW 2 PAUL J. MILETTEStaff Photographer Bob Young of Whispering Palms Mobile Home Park in Sebastian loads his belongings into a U-Haul on Tuesday before leaving his home of 30 years. Too much water, too little beach Boca woman helps kids connect to higher power Iina Campano figured prayer was the best remedy to ease 8-year-old Ramon Juarez's fears about Hurricane Floyd. So the 60-year-old Boca Raton resident, who was at the Red Cross shelter at Omni Middle School on Tuesday, made him a rosary of green plastic beads. "I always pray anyway, but now it's special," Campano said late Tuesday morning, as Floyd became more evident in the growing gusts of wind outside. "I want all the lads to pray. The children, they keep me busy here." Campano, an 11-year Florida resident who was out of town when Hurricane Andrew hit seven years ago, made rosaries for eight children by noon. Storm wasn't the only false alarm Things got a little exciting at the Bear Lakes Middle School shelter about 1 p.m. when one evacuee who happened to be nine months' pregnant reported she was nauseated, short of breath and feeling anxious. Nurse Mary Bennett, who had her hands full with some cancer and heart patients, sent Elizabeth Camacho to St Mary's Medical Center, but the hospital sent her home later in the day. Evacuees a diverse lot I PALM BEACH GARDENS Eli Binner, 71, yho lives in Old Port Cove in North Palm Beach, was visiting family in Turkey just a week before the deadly earthquake hit there Aug. 17. He lives in a mandatory evacuation area and came to the William T. Dwyer High School shelter early Monday night I "I escaped one disaster just in time," Binner said. "Now here I am in another." Sisters Margaret Cardello, 91, and Rose Venezzia, 97, also were forced from their home. They live together in a Palm Beach Gardens mobile home. Floyd is the first hurricane that has forced them out ! "I don't know what to think," Cardello said. "We're worried about our home, but they say this i the best place for us to be." ; Four paramedics, two Palm Beach Gardens ptolice officers and two school board police officers spent the night at Dwyer. Those sand traps can sting :;' PALM BEACH Some adventure-seekers were more cavalier than others. Kevin Clark, .clad in Bermuda shorts and sockless loafers, was chewing a cigar as he and Christopher Ward played golf Tuesday morning at; the Palm Beach Municipal Golf Course. By 11:30 a.m., the two men were on their sixth hole at the par-three golf course. ;! This is our third storm," said Clark, a Boyn-ton Beach resident who was down two strokes. "When you hit it into the wind, it's pretty dramatic." ; They invited two police officers fo join them for the round. The officers declined and sent them on their way home. This is a recording: Get out : BOCA RATON Police used an automated phone-dialing system Tuesday to remind 5,300 residents of an evacuation order announced Monday evening. The phone system dubbed CityWatch allows the city to send a recorded message to any city phone, and took about six hours to make the calls, police spokeswoman Debra Shannon said. The system cost $41,000, including a $37,000 state grant Shannon said. Publix stores take warning to heart !: Publix Super Markets unexpectedly closed all its stores in Palm Beach, Martin and St. Lucie cbunties Tuesday morning, disappointing angry customers trying to. buy last-minute supplies. ; The Lakeland-based chain said Monday some of its stores would open before 7 a.m. Tuesday, but officials decided to close when the National Hurricane Center in Miami-Dade County issued a; hurricane warning. ! "We apologize for any inconvenience, but everybody should be home," spokeswoman Carmen Millares said. Jose Rodriguez of West Palm Beach was one of dozens of customers who showed up early Tuesday at the Publix in the Southdale Shopping Center on Southern Boulevard, only to find the doors locked. "It would have been nice for the last-minute items you realize you need, like bleach to clean the tub," Rodriguez said. Second eye wall forms, collapses Hurricane Floyd briefly went through an unusual phenomenon Tuesday afternoon when it began to develop a second eye wall, a forecaster said. Storms sometimes develop a second wall as they reorganize, and that happened with Floyd for a few hours Tuesday afternoon, National Hurricane Center meteorologist Jeremy Pennington said. He said the event often signals a storm is strengthening. The inner wall eventually collapses, resulting in a larger eye. But the second wall never finished forming and it eventually dissipated back into the inner eye, Pennington said. New shutters give Abacoans fits : JUPITER As Hurricane Floyd approached South Florida, Abacoa homeowners fetched their new aluminum panels from the garage then learned that some didn't fit . The building code requires that all new homes have storm protection for the windows, and each house in Abacoa came with a full set of aluminum storm panels. But apparently some of the panels in the neo-traditional neighborhood along Donald Ross Road in Jupiter were miscut "DiVosta (Homes) did the initial set and some guy miscut all of them," said one Abacoa resident who asked not to be named. There was a big panic (Monday)." Fortunately, one Abacoa resident, a general contractor, brought out his power saw Monday night and recut his neighbors' shutters to fit. B Staff writers George Bennett, Noah Bierman, Alexandra Navarro Clifton, Shannon Colavecchio, Brian Crecente, Mary Ellen Flannery, Clay Lambert, MattMossman, Paul Overs, and Sue Schultz of Palm Beach Itost-Cox News Service contributed to this story. w doesn't expect the damage to affect the county's plans to renourish the beaches in two years. Not as much will have to be replaced at Bathtub Beach, but wind and water did knock over county signs and wash seaweed up as far as the access ramps. A handful of sea turtle eggshells were scattered around the ramps, but no turtles were found. Because Floyd's strongest winds were forecast to hit at high tide, at about midnight, Indian River County officials were predicting severe beach erosion, said Nathan McCollum, emergency management coordinator for Indian River County. The county expected to lose some beaches completely, spokesman Pete Kersey said. A few Martin County areas encountered flooding late Tuesday afternoon. Ben Magrill stood in coppery water up to his shins Tuesday afternoon in the driveway of his house in the St. Lucie Settlement. His home, which sits on stilts between the South Fork of the St. Lucie River and a canal, has been through hurricanes before. "It was flooded before about five or six years ago. The water was up to my chest. You deal with it. You fix your house up afterward," Magrill said. There was also flooding around the Loxahatchee River and on the Jensen Beach Causeway. St. Lucie officials repeated their warnings about the threat of flooding in low-lying areas. North Indian River Drive in St. Lucie Village was flooded by water surging from the Indian River Lagoon and some docks were damaged by waves, Anderson said. White City residents between the North Fork of the St. Lucie River and Oleander Avenue and from Midway Road south to Saeger Avenue were warned they could be flooded by the combined storm surge and and high tide after midnight this morning. Water levels in canals in that area are high because floodgates were opened to drain agricultural areas west of town, officials said. Some 2,300 St Lucie County residents took refuge in storm shelters FLOYD From 1A the period when high winds were expected to make travel dangerous. "We've gotten a number of calls from people asking if they can go to work (this) morning," Fort Pierce Police spokeswoman Sonya Smith said. "Our biggest concern is that 7 a.m. may be when the peak winds hit here. "Once the winds approach tropical-storm strength, about 40 miles per hour, people should stay in place and out of their cars," Smith said. About 9 p.m. Tuesday, Hutchinson Island and Jupiter Island residents were allowed back into their neighborhoods, while emergency officials urged evacuees from mobile homes and low-lying areas to stay in shelters through the night Although no breaks in the water system were reported, residents of Hutchinson Island are urged to boil their water for a 24-hour period as a precaution. Emergency Operations Center officials urge Martin County residents to call 287-1652 today to report any wind, debris or flooding damage. In St Lucie County, sales of alcoholic beverages are banned from 7 p.m. Tuesday until noon today in St. Lucie County. No traffic problems were reported. ' In Martin County, 3- to 4-foot swells crashed into the shore on Hutchinson Island with devastating effect on the beaches Tuesday afternoon, washing away up to 15 feet of sand. Along Stuart Beach, the swath created a dropoff from access ramps of up to 4 feet Parts of ramps long covered were exposed to the foamy surf. Martin County officials said that the some erosion is expected with high winds and seas, but they don't expect any buildings to be threatened. County Public Services Director Don Donaldson said the beaches will be evaluated next week, but he BOB SHANLEYStaff Photographer One of the effects of the hurricane's passage was sudden rain, which caught, this woman Tuesday at Delray Beach's municipal beach. ' ' : Tuesday night. The total number of evacuees in seven schools climbed steadily all day Tuesday after 300 people spent Monday night in shelters. Village Green Elementary School, Morningside Elementary and Bay-shore Elementary schools, all in Port St. Lucie, were near capacity, but officials reported plenty of room at West-wood High, Parkway, Windmill Point and Lakewood Park Elementary schools. The county has space for about 2,800 people in the seven shelters opened Tuesday. When, by 6 p.m., the only damage reports were of downed signs at the Savanna Club development, officials at the emergency operations center in Port St Lucie were breathing easier. "People took the storm seriously," said City Manager Don Cooper. The shelters, I think, have been welK used." A special-needs shelter set up, alongside emergency operations in the Port St. Lucie Community Center had almost reached capacity by Tuesday evening with 77 patients and 'an . equal number of caregivers, paramedics and emergency medical tech-' nicians. ; ; ". Another shelter in the city, Village ' Green Elementary School, was full by' late Tuesday. Martin County's three Red Cross shelters were about half-full Tuesday, ' housing about 1,450 residents and 100 workers. ' Staff writers Mary McLachlin, Lady' Hereford, Michael Van Sickler, Howie' Paul Hartnett, Stephen Kiehl and Tito-' mas R Collins contributed to this story.' Gert follows in Floyd's path as major hurricane-to-be Latitude: 17.3N Longitude: 47.3W :. Wind speed: 115 mph ' Direction: West at 16 mph As of 11 p.m. Tuesday i . ,f- t West V Palm ' jj Beach I Atlantic ) Ocean Thursday 8 p.m. Gert joo - AFRICA -.lODv ESQ As with Hurricane Floyd, much' will depend on timing. : Because of Floyd's influence on ' weakening that ridge, forecasters on Tuesday adjusted the predicted path of Gert slightly more northward from it's previous west northwesterly trek. Gert's well-defined eye was spin-' ning winds at 115 mph Tuesday night, and some strengthening was anticipated by today. Hurricane force winds extended 35 miles from the center,' and tropical winds out to 140 miles.' ' "When Floyd was out in this area; ' it was a tropical depression," Kimberlain said. The fact that Gert is already a hurricane means it will be more affected by steering winds." Due to the uncertain atmospheric aftermath of Floyd, the National Weather Service on Tuesday was being cautious in predicting a long-term forecast for Gert. These forecasts need to be taken with a grain of saty at this time," a weather service advisory said. ' Hurricane Gert is stronger now than Floyd was when it was in the same area. By Frank Cerabino Palm Beach Post Staff Writer By next weekend, Florida may be looking at another powerful hurricane following a similar path to Hurricane Floyd, according to forecasters at the National Hurricane Center. While Hurricane Floyd slid up the coast of Florida on Tuesday, a slightly smaller, but well-defined Hurricane Gert followed in its wake. "Gert will become a major hurricane during the next few days," said National Hurricane Center meteorologist Todd Kimberlain. "It's not quite as big as Floyd, but it's still a maturing hurricane." Whether Gert follows Floyd's track to the east coast of Florida, or take a more northerly course in the open ocean, will depend on the lin- SOUTH AMERICA 8 p.m. .; ; today ' ; CD CO LTD QD o "da oa Latest updates, tracking maps and free e-mail advisories: www.storm99.com would continue on a more westerly track and become more of a threat to Florida. "Some of our models indicate the ridge will remain intact," Kimberlain said. "But if Floyd causes a weakness gering influence Floyd will have on a subtropical high pressure ridge in the area, forecasters say. If Floyd's path leaves a weakness in the ridge, Gert should turn more northward, and be less of a danger, C . . in tne nage, men uen couia ,urn rorecasiei s say. u 1 But if the ridge remains, Gert north

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