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Tropical Storm Isaias moves past South Florida, leaving little damage behind

David Fleshler, Marc Freeman, Mario Ariza, Brooke Baitinger and Joe Cavaretta, Sun Sentinel on

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- South Florida was largely spared from the winds of Tropical Storm Isaias, which weakened slightly as it passed offshore Sunday morning and into the afternoon.

By 2 p.m., the storm had passed South Florida and was located 45 miles southeast of Vero Beach. It was still producing top winds of 65 mph as it headed north toward central Florida's coast at 9 mph.

Tropical storm warnings were still in effect from the Jupiter Inlet to Surf City in North Carolina.

Through Sunday morning, coastal Broward and Palm Beach counties saw tropical-force winds, which means speeds of at least 39 mph, according to the National Weather Service in Miami.

But the damage was minimal. A few trees came down in residential areas in Palm Beach County, but they didn't damage any homes or other structures, Palm Beach County Mayor Dave Kerner said.

Isaias is expected to remain a strong tropical storm, with winds of 65 mph, for the next two days.


The storm has cleared South Florida, but officials urged anyone in hard-hit areas to stay inside

"Please resist the urge to venture out after the storm," said Bill Johnson, Palm Beach County's emergency management director. "Our emergency response crews need to go out and survey the roads and infrastructure for any damage and major hazards. You don't need to be out on the road complicating that process. A major cause of post-storm injury is motor vehicle crashes caused by downed or missing street signs. You're safer at home."

But residents were already out Sunday morning checking out the storm.

Eric Erickson and his son went out around 10:30 a.m. to take a pass at the rough surf in Delray Beach.


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