Florida Keys survey damage after Isaac



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People who live in the Florida Keys surveyed the damage after Tropical Storm Isaac passed on Sunday.

In Key West, people slowing began trickling out of their homes late Sunday.

“I hope people don’t get real complacent because, you know, this was nothing,” said Jennifer Bayshore.

The island Sunday looked much like it did Saturday.

“We had power lines go down, some street flooding. But other than that, so far, looks good,” said Key West City Administrator Roman Gastesi.

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On Saturday, many residents cut down their coconuts to prevent them from becoming flying projectiles.

During the strongest parts of the storm, waves crashed into the island and palm trees whipped in the air.

But once it was over, the party returned to Duval Street.

“We got a boom box and we got a flashlight, so the show always goes on,” said Majoan, who works at the 801 Nightclub.

Instead of watching storm coverage on TV, visitors staying in Tavernier during Tropical Storm Isaac watched “America’s Funniest Home Videos.”

While the storm never became a hurricane, residents and visitors heeded the warnings. Squalls and strong, gusty winds kept most people inside on Sunday.  WPLG-TV’s Will Manso said the area had the worst squalls late Sunday.

“Wind blew a little bit. It rained quite a bit, and it ruined my vacation kinda. I wanted to go fishing — too windy,” said one man.

“It’s our 20th anniversary. Wednesday, we came down to do some fishing. We own a condo down here,” said a woman staying in the town. “Came down to do some fishing — well, my bucko this is complete.”

Isaac proved to be an inconvenience, but many said they’d take that instead of the alternative.

People living in Marathon began cleaning up as soon as Tropical Storm Isaac moved away from the Florida Keys.

“I think we were really lucky,” said John Rose with Keys Sail Repair.

Dumpsters were being filled with debris on Sunday, mostly downed masts.

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