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Town of Palm Beach a ghost town ahead of Dorian

Posted at 10:24 PM, Sep 01, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-02 01:22:48-04

DATELINE: PALM BEACH, Fla— — It’s a ghost town right now on Worth Avenue as plywood covers windows and sandbags blocks storefronts.

“I talked to my mom and flights are expensive so they were like if you can find a place that you think you are going to be safe try to do that so yea,” said Quentin Heffley.

The Palm Beach Atlantic student from Alabama is spending his Sunday at the beach with friends.

“I went this morning got some canned foods, nothing frozen tried to do some meal prepping and got some sandbags for our front door,” said Daniel Lehrbaun.

The Town of Palm Beach issued mandatory evacuations at 1 p.m. While some residents decided to leave town, others ventured to the beach in hopes of catching some waves.

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“So we kind of made it into a learning opportunity for them as opposed to something that they should be scared of,” said Krystal Payne.

Payne, a mom of 4 is letting her kids burn off energy before they plan to be stuck inside for the next several days.

“Read books to them about hurricanes, did a little experiment in a bottle to show them pretty much what happens with the water when a hurricane happens,” said Payne.

It’s unclear what day the mandatory evacuations will be lifted or if places like Palm Beach plan to issue curfews in the coming days.