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Heavy rain and strong winds topple trees, damage canopies in Palm Beach County

'This is rather breezy, I must admit, and it's crazy,' Keith Greenwood says
Posted at 3:15 PM, Nov 16, 2023
and last updated 2023-11-16 15:57:43-05

LANTANA, Fla. — Overnight things got hectic along the coast.

"The roof comes over here, to here and now all that is on top," Vince Thomas said.

He came by the Dune Deck Cafe in Lantana to check out the damage it took during the short-lived storms Wednesday night. He and his wife are regulars at the busy eating establishment.

"You come here on a Sunday morning and there's people all in this area here waiting to get in," he said.

Vince Thomas frequents Dune Deck in Lantana surveys damage on Nov 16 2023
Vince Thomas frequents Dune Deck in Lantana, Fla. and said he stopped by to survey the damage on Nov. 16, 2023.

Dune Deck is right on the ocean, and it got hit pretty hard. A canopy is peeled back and the wall that anchors the canopy will have to be rebuilt.

"I hope they come back," he said.

The high winds and heavy rain wreaked havoc across Palm Beach County.

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Toppled tree after high winds in Palm Beach County, Fla. on Nov. 16, 2023.

For example, in one West Palm Beach neighborhood, a tree is snapped in half, a trampoline is taken for a ride and is found on the sidewalk on Congress Avenue, and a Christmas Tree canopy near the outlets is twisted beyond recognition.

Then there's Palm Beach. The county may not be dealing with rain, but strong winds have ocean waves crashing over the seawall.

"It's pretty cool to come out and see," Kim Tino said. "You got to ride by the beach when this is going on."

Kim Tino intrigued by weather Nov 16 2023
Kim Tino shares how she is fascinated by the weather event in Palm Beach County, Fla.

Keith Greenwood said the weather is out of control.

"This is rather breezy, I must admit, and it's crazy," he said.

Back at the Dune Deck, Thomas said he's taking all of this in stride.

"You live in South Florida and there's storms — you just live with it," he said.