Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Palm Beach Hurricane Damage Update

YES! The conference is still on! Palm Beach is struggling back to its feet after Hurricane Wilma!

I have been monitoring the local media in Palm Beach County and everything around the convention center and downtown West Palm Beach seems to have escaped devastation. They even had an interview with the architect from the Kraviz Center inside CityPlace, which is a complex that includes the Convention Center. It was/is fine.

Here's the latest (quoting from The Palm Beach Post):

In downtown West Palm Beach, winds toppled a construction crane on the Community Foundation building, blew out the windows of eateries along Clematis Street and left residents with a boil-water order because of water main breaks.

In Lake Worth, the storm turned the Dixie Highway business district into a deserted street littered with dislodged shingles, tattered awnings and shattered glass from storefronts. And in Lake Worth Towers, an 11-story home for the elderly, about a dozen windows were smashed during the storm when tethered cement blocks on the roof began to swing wildly.

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The problem now seems to be Florida Power and Light. Power is still out at Palm Beach International Airport, where they are operating on emergency power, as is the case for much of West Palm Beach. Commercial flights are cancelled but the private side of the airport was operating this afternoon.