Reuter said that even a slight turn makes a big difference in the number of outages possible, and tropical storm force winds were likely to blow trees and vegetation into power lines.
Broward and Miami-Dade County never opened shelters, and Palm Beach County opened six. By late Saturday afternoon, Palm Beach County's shelters held 140 people, and the county's pet-friendly shelter accommodated 15 dogs, seven cats and one bird.
Palm Beach County authorities urged residents of mobile homes to evacuate, but residents didn't appear worried. At mobile home and manufactured home communities, only handfuls of homes had windows covered with plywood, metal or translucent hurricane shutters.
In Lake Worth, a woman named Cricket Allie watched as her grandson put hurricane shutters on her manufactured home. She intended to stay, saying she would only evacuate if the storm were expected to reach Category 3 force. But she was taking the precaution of putting up shutters. Having grown up in coastal Florida, she respected the power of hurricanes.
"A lot of people who don't pay the price," Allie said.
Broward County Mayor Dale Holness said his Plantation home was without power and had been since around 2 p.m. Saturday.
"We had a bit of a squall come through," he said. Holness added he had no other damage to report from across the county as of Saturday evening.
South Florida sprung into action in its first brush with a storm this season after hurricane watches and warnings were issued late Friday afternoon.
A hurricane warning, which means hurricane conditions are expected within 36 hours, was issued at 5 p.m. for the coast from Boca Raton to the Volusia County-Flagler County line. A hurricane watch, which means hurricane conditions are possible, was issued for the entire Broward County coast.
South Florida started to feel the first gusts of the hurricane on Saturday morning as the storm made landfall on Andros Island in the Bahamas. The National Weather Service reported gusts of up to 40 mph in parts of South Florida and urged residents to finish getting ready.