Wind, rain batter Central Florida

Many lose power

By Lisa Bell - Anchor

ORLANDO, Fla. - After several days of strong wind and heavy rain, the severe weather continues to take its toll across Central Florida.

"This is horrible, horrible," said Agnes Hutto, who is visiting Daytona Beach from the Tampa area.

Hutto has lived in Florida her whole life and says she has never seen anything like the sea foam that was piling up on Daytona Beach.

Tropical storm force winds pushed mounds of sea foam ashore.  It was piled up against signs and blanketed the beach access road outside her hotel room at the Boardwalk Inn & Suites.

With people bundled up in sweatshirts and jackets, it looked more like a blizzard than a beach.

"It's like it was snowing from the ground up with all the foam blowing and blowing over the buildings and the wind is so strong," said Hutto.

Volusia County saw wind gusts over 50 MPH on Friday and the stormy weather is expected to continue through the weekend.

Meanwhile, drivers navigated through some flooded roads including the intersection at Beach Street and Fairview Avenue in Daytona Beach.

Residents along Rio Vista Avenue say the Halifax River is about two feet above normal. The water was up to the docks while the wind pushed some waves over the wall.

"We just came over for the beach," said Chuck Sonntag, who was visiting Daytona Beach from Pennsylvania.  "We wanted to have the nice warm Florida beach and we didn't get it."

"I didn't know the weather was going to be like this or we may have waited a day or two," said Hutto.

Friday night, both FPL and Progress Energy reported hundreds of customers had lost power across Central Florida, but most of the outages were minor.

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