Residents get first look at storm damage in west Boca Raton

Wild weather in southwestern PBC Thursday

BOCA RATON, Fla. - Southwestern Palm Beach County residents are getting their first look at the damage after strong winds and whipping rains barreled through their neighborhoods on Thursday.

For some people, it was just debris in their yard. But for others, the weather is proving to be much more of a headache.

Jacqueline Anderson came home from work to see the the new view in her west Boca Raton backyard.

"I was absolutely shocked," she said.

The large tree that she has looked at since she moved in to her home on Delta Circle 21 years ago, toppled over into a canal.

"It had to have been an enormous wind, an enormous gust to push this tree over," said Anderson.

Just hours before, trees were coming down and debris were whipping all over the neighborhood.

"I turned away for two seconds and the whole tree fell," said Jon Patrula.

A tree in his backyard was also no match for the wind. When it went down, it took two fences and his yard's irrigation system with it.

"The hail was so loud," he said. "We could hear it beating on the windows and the doors."

Many of the residents are now working with their HOA and their insurance company to figure out how to start the clean-up process.


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