I had hoped to take cruise and get some pics for you guys, but the batteries on the runabout are dead. Just as well, because there is so much debris in the water, it's not only hard to navigate, it would surely plug an intake.
These pics range from Palm Beach down to Boca Raton. My camera went dead in Lauderdale, but the damage is the same everywhere you go. It's not catastrophic in most cases, it's just so widespread. I understand the damage is the essentially the same ranging from Miami to north of Palm Beach, about a 60-80 mile stretch of coastline. Normally, the coast recieves the bulk of the blow, but in this case, Wilma came from behind. Many cities are 20 miles inland and they recieved even more damage.
2.8 million people are still w/o power. Only a few gas stations are open and the line of cars stretches a mile or more at each one. Intersections are an accident waiting to happen, because most of the traffic signals are completely gone, or they are not functioning. It's very chaotic. According to the news, it will be a minimum of 2 weeks for power to be restored to 45% of users and over 4 weeks to reach 95% of users. Hard to say how long it will take to repair infrastructure like stop lights.
Thanks to everyone who kept me in the loop while Wilma passed over. You were my eyes and ears. Now, it is time for me to be your eyes...
This was the eye of Wilma as she passed overhead. The sun was trying to break through the clouds. It was calm in the eye, a light breeze from random directions. Then, moments later and without notice, the breeze quickly picked up to 100 mph in less than 5 minutes and the back side of the storm slammed us. The backside was more intense than the front, which is unusual. Actually, everything about Wilma was unusual... the fact that the eye never fell apart coming across the state and it never lost intensity. Weird!