Strong winds, colder temperatures, rough seas impact Palm Beach County and Treasure Coast residents

Coast Guard officers reponded to two marine cases

LAKE WORTH, Fla. -- - Strong winds and cooler temperatures pushed through South Florida and the Treasure Coast on Wednesday night, creating quite a change of pace for residents.

Winds gusts up to 30 miles per hour were reported along the coast as temperatures dropped 10-to-15 degrees in parts throughout the Palm Beaches and the Treasure Coast.

"I didn't think it was going to be this bad. I thought it'd be a lot more calmer," said Isaac Garcia of Riviera Beach.

When the beach was as close as most wanted to get, Garcia saw it as an opportunity to jump in and go spear fishing.

"It wasn't that bad. We've been in worse situations," said Garcia.

Officers with the U.S. Coast Guard Lake Worth Inlet station called Garcia and others out on the water Wednesday, lucky.

"It's very dangerous our there right now. We want mariners to use the best judgment possible. But we're not going to kick people off the water," said Ofc. Matthew Derego.

The Coast Guard responded to at least one search and rescue case along the Treasure Coast and another situation in Palm Beach County where the choppy waves rocked a boat adrift at the Riviera Beach Marina.

"Hopefully it's going to be mellow for the rest of the night," said Derego.

The weather also impacting local restaurants, like Mulligan's Beach House in Lake Worth, where some customers were scared away from the waterfront eatery.

"It slowed us down, but it's not going to dapper our spirits, certainly not," said James Mertes, a manager at Mulligan's.

The patrons who did stick around said they enjoyed the view of the wild weather.
Investigators at the U.S. Coast Guard said in both cases on Wednesday, no one was hurt.

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