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USA: Life slowly returning to normal as hurricane Dorian spares Florida Coast

United States, Melbourne Beach
September 05, 2019 at 12:41 GMT +00:00 · Published

Life slowly started to return to normal in downtown Melbourne Beach, on Wednesday, as monster storm Dorian spared most of the Florida coast with little damage in its parallel crawl to the US coast.

Locals started clearing up debris from their yards and shop owners were seen retrieving protective boarding to re-open for business.

Dorian, which lasted as a Category 5 hurricane for over 24 hours after reaching 185 miles per hour (298 kph) winds while battering the Bahamas, was downgraded to a Category 2 storm early Tuesday morning, after decreasing wind strength during its slow crawl towards the US coast.

Dorian lashed Florida's Brevard County coast during late Tuesday and the early hours of Wednesday, leaving mostly superficial damage and beach erosion in its wake.

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Life slowly started to return to normal in downtown Melbourne Beach, on Wednesday, as monster storm Dorian spared most of the Florida coast with little damage in its parallel crawl to the US coast.

Locals started clearing up debris from their yards and shop owners were seen retrieving protective boarding to re-open for business.

Dorian, which lasted as a Category 5 hurricane for over 24 hours after reaching 185 miles per hour (298 kph) winds while battering the Bahamas, was downgraded to a Category 2 storm early Tuesday morning, after decreasing wind strength during its slow crawl towards the US coast.

Dorian lashed Florida's Brevard County coast during late Tuesday and the early hours of Wednesday, leaving mostly superficial damage and beach erosion in its wake.

W/S Sealed off entrance and sign for Melbourne Beach, Florida

W/S Wooden walkway destroyed by storm

W/S Wooden walkway destroyed by storm

M/S Wooden walkway destroyed by storm

M/S Wooden walkway destroyed by storm

W/S Shop sealed against storm

C/U Broken window glass

M/S Broken window glass

C/U Broken window glass

W/S Hurricane Dorian aftermath

W/S Resident removing protective boards after storm

M/S Resident removing protective boards after storm

W/S Residents removing protective boards after storm

M/S Residents near house sealed against storm

M/S Resident removing debris after storm

W/S Resident removing debris after storm

M/S Resident removing debris after storm

SOT, Aaron Simonton, Melbourne Beach Resident: "Pretty normal, I mean for a storm. It wasn't really like a storm you would expect from a category 5 that they've been terrorising us with for a week. Dusty winds, pretty light rain actually. No flooding, no damage. As you see, it just pruned all the [inaudible]."

W/S Hurricane Dorian aftermath

W/S Hurricane Dorian aftermath

M/S Resident removing debris after storm

W/S Resident removing debris after storm

W/S Mechanics Truck on road

W/S Mechanics Trucks and sign reading "utility work ahead"

M/S Mechanics Trucks on road

W/S Hurricane Dorian aftermath

M/S Hurricane Dorian aftermath

W/S Damage caused to building by storm

M/S Damage caused to building by storm

W/S Residents on Melbourne Beach

W/S Residents on Melbourne Beach

W/S Surfer in sea

M/S Melbourne Beach

M/S Woman on beach

W/S Sing reading "Historic Melbourne downtown"

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