FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – There was a calm sunrise on Fort Lauderdale beach on Thursday morning after Tropical Storm Nicole brought rain and wind to the area.
“It looks like the city is fine,” said one resident.
“We don’t have wifi in my house because of the storm so I didn’t know what to expect but I don’t live far away so I looked out the window – didn’t look bad,” added another resident.
It was welcome relief for residents who surveyed the beach Thursday morning unsure of what they would wake up with.
“All of these things are thrown away, but the trees are fine and the buildings are fine,” said one resident.
It was a very different scene on Wednesday when water spilled onto A1A.
“It’s definitely an experience to see something cool,” said Allison Doner, who is visiting from Michigan.
Visitors to nearby hotels took in the rain-soaked sight of high waves.
“I go for a walk on the beach, but at the moment I have sand in my eyes,” said Adrian Gusti.
Flooding left parts of the A1A impassable and most businesses along the typically tourist stretch of beach closed their doors.
For the few shops that braved the weather threat and stayed open Wednesday night, customers found their way in and filled empty spaces.
“People are coming out because everything else is closed. They know we’re open, so they’ll come,” said Felicia Kozlowski, manager of Primati Bros Grill.
Some delivery drivers said the weather was good for business.
“It’s super busy right now, yeah,” said Ryan Maharaj. “It’s just back-to-back orders, constant notifications, delivery after delivery.”
King Tide plus Nicole brought the water level in Fort Lauderdale to its highest level of the year.
Beaches are officially closed and officials are reminding people to stay away from the sand and roads.
“It’s kind of part of it,” said tourist Jack Cooper. “You roll the dice down here and sometimes you get the hurricane.”
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