HURRICANE SANDY: Strong gusts, rain hit Manalapan as storm moves miles offshore

MANALAPAN, Fla. - Hurricane Sandy continued its path north on Thursday, moving hundreds of miles offshore from Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast.

Even at a distance, the outer bands of Sandy impacted several areas up and down the coast.

In Manalapan, strong winds and rain crashed onto the beach near the Boynton Beach Inlet.

"You can definitely see the beach erosion, the waves picking up and just standing here in the last 25 minutes, you can feel the wind really picking up," said Jason Klinger, a Boynton Beach resident.

Klinger, who lives near the Boynton Beach Inlet, joined countless other who braved the strong winds and rain to catch a glimpse at what Sandy had to offer.

Certain sections of the beach were closed as waves crashed over the nearby pump house. In the areas that were not taped off, the wicked weather did not beach surfers who were willing to risk it to ride the perfect wave.   

"We always like having hurricanes come but not really do any devastation, just kind of going up the coast and giving us a little breeze and a few waves," said Michael McCleary, a Delray Beach resident.

Sandy mostly delivered strong gusts and frequent downpours on Thursday night. The temperamental weather did not seem to be a concern for many of the people taking in the visuals of the storm.

"No not really, the last two pretty much just skirted us the same way this one did, so it hasn't been too bad," said William Maxwell of Boynton Beach.

While Hurricane Sandy continued to deliver unfavorable conditions on Thursday, it did not stop some fisherman from heading out to the Boynton Beach Inlet, hoping to catch a big fish.

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