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port that all of the homes were fine.

Sneath glanced up and down South Ocean Boule­vard, where the only car on the road was the oc­ca­sional po­lice ve­hi­cle and where the Worth Av­enue Clock Tower’s hands were stopped at 10:30.

“It’s kind of strange to see it so des­o­late,” Sneath said, who had driven to the beach in his elec­tric-pow­ered replica of a 1960 Ital­ian Jolle beach buggy.

On his drive ear­lier, Sneath saw two trees that had smashed into cars when they fell dur­ing the storm, in­clud­ing a palm tree that had bro­ken the rear win­dow of a Town of Palm Beach car on Peru­vian Av­enue.

And on North County Road near the Phipps Es­tate sub­di­vi­sion, he saw that the fa­mous tree canopy that shel­ters the street had been dam­aged by the hur­ri­canes, although many of the trees still stood. Work­ers were clear­ing the downed limbs, us­ing chain­saws to cut branches into smaller pieces.

At The Epis­co­pal Church of Bethesda-bythe-Sea, a large gumbo limbo tree lay on the ground along Bar­ton Av­enue, split near the base of the trunk. Other trees were also dam­aged, and the grounds were lit­tered with branches and leaves. And down the street, trees could be seen top­pled on The Break­ers golf course.

And at Memo­rial Park, work­ers from the Botanica land­scape com­pany were us­ing a mo­bile crane ve­hi­cle to lift and re­plant a large tree on the west side of the his­toric foun­tain. It had fallen onto North County Road but was sal­vage­able, its roots still in­tact.

Back on Mid­town Beach, Chris Ed­wards was tak­ing a photo and com­mented how dif­fer­ent the ocean looked — a mix of brown and a light milky green.

Ed­wards works as a bar­tender at The Colony and had al­ready been to the his­toric ho­tel to check out its con­di­tion, which ap­peared to be fine, he said.

“My man­ager told me to come in on Mon­day to see how things are do­ing,” Ed­wards said. “I came to see if they needed any help.”

Far­ther south on the coastal road, Iz­abela Buff and her hus­band, Ge­orge Buff IV, were tak­ing a walk to sur­vey the dam­age. They also spent the storm on the is­land at their home on Wood­bridge Road, im­me­di­ately north of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago. All of their neigh­bors evac­u­ated, but they chose to stay, not­ing that their home had been re­built in a ma­jor ren­o­va­tion three years ago.

“I was ex­pect­ing more flood­ing,” Iz­abela said, adding that she was re­lieved that pre­dicted side ef­fect of the storm never re­ally ma­te­ri­al­ized here.

Her hus­band said he felt more com­fort­able hun­ker­ing down at home.

“I’d rather say here and fight for what I have rather than fight the masses” try­ing to evac­u­ate, he said.

South Palm Beach res­i­dent and in­te­rior de­signer Kather­ine Shenaman and her boyfriend, Malte As­mus, were also on a mis­sion. They were check­ing on the con­di­tion of homes be­long­ing to her clients.

The cou­ple had evac­u­ated to a ho­tel in Orlando Fri­day but then de­cided to re­turn to her con­do­minium in Palm Beach once the storm’s track shifted west.

“I’m sur­prised that so much of ev­ery­thing is caked in sand,” she said, re­fer­ring to the grounds of her condo on South Ocean Boule­vard where the grass looked brown from all the sand that had been de­posited on it.

But she un­der­stood what had hap­pened, be­cause she had ven­tured out­side Sun­day af­ter­noon and ex­pe­ri­enced the trop­i­cal-storm-force winds first­hand.

“We felt like we had gone to the spa — when you walked and the sand hits you, it was like get­ting a ma­jor scrub,” she said.

Near the beach to­ward Royal Palm Way, Wilson San­ti­ago was pack­ing up to re­turn to his home in West Palm Beach with his dog, Moby. He had shel­tered with a friend in the 330 South Build­ing, which faces the ocean.

“This home is safer than my house,” he said.

Still, when tor­nado watches were de­clared and the win­dows shook, he and his friend scram­bled to brace them from inside with shut­ters.

“It was a lit­tle scary,” he said. “I’m fraz­zled.”

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