A Saskatoon woman and her family are relieved after Hurricane Matthew missed their Florida home.
Kim Laprairie moved to Palm Beach County, Florida about six months ago. On Thursday, she was preparing for the worst.
Matthew was expected to make landfall in Laprairie’s county overnight, but it unexpectedly changed course and moved slightly to the east.
“The wind was pretty strong, there was a lot of wind and rain noises in waves until the hurricane got a bit closer,” said Laprairie. “A few trees got knocked down, but otherwise it was just like a big storm.”
The family was huddled in one room waiting out the storm and Laprairie said two of her children, aged two and seven, didn’t even notice.
“They were kind of surprised this morning (Friday) when we had running water and power and the hurricane was over already,” she said.
It was a different story for her five year old.
“He was kind of trembling for a while during the worst of it, but he was okay and is doing better now,” she said.
Hurricane Matthew has left more than one million customers without power in Florida.
Several communities on the South Carolina coast are imposing curfews as heavy winds and rains from the hurricane approach.
With files from The Canadian Press.