Beaches around the world have been inundated by heavy rain, but a small section of ocean off the coast of northern Florida has been spared the worst of it.
Beaches in northern Florida have been spared from the devastating Hurricane Matthew storm, which has now made landfall in the Gulf of Mexico and is currently moving towards Florida.
Ahead of its arrival on Friday, the storm hit the US Gulf Coast and was initially expected to dump up to 12 inches of rain on the Florida Keys.
The storm has since weakened and is now expected to move south towards the state.
Beach residents have been bracing for the worst.
But some locals have been lucky enough to avoid the devastation and have seen some of the worst damage to their beaches.
The Florida Keys are currently under a heavy rain advisory.
The National Weather Service says the National Hurricane Center (NHC) has issued a coastal advisory for the Florida area.
The NHC says the storm is forecast to be moving towards the Gulf Coast by Thursday afternoon.
A storm surge of at least 3 metres (10ft) has been recorded in the Keys, according to a report by the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
The storm is expected to continue moving inland through the next 24 hours, causing widespread damage to beaches and power lines, the agency says.
Beachers in the Florida coastline are being braced for the next storm as well.
Beached at Delray Beach in Florida, a resident watches the remnants of Hurricane Matthew after it made landfall at Delrey Beach on October 10, 2017.
In the coastal town of Delray, a beach at Delrray Beach was left without power, a power company spokeswoman said.
“The power is out,” she said.
“We’ve got no power in the house.
We’ve got a generator and we’re trying to get water out of the house.”
A resident sits at the beach in Delray.
Photo: SuppliedIn nearby Delray Bay, the local water and power company has reported more than 100 people have lost power, according in a statement.
More than a thousand homes have also been affected by power outages, and the water has also been contaminated.
A resident on Delray Island said she and her family had lost everything and had lost their home.
“Everything we owned we were able to sell to the beach to make ends meet,” she told ABC News.
“I was able to go out and have a look at it, but we’ve got all our stuff gone.”
Residents were advised to take shelter in place until further notice.
The hurricane had already been moving through the Gulf, dumping as much as 3 metres of rain at the time of landfall in Florida.
It has been moving at speeds of up to 50km/h (31mph) and the NHC has said it is expected within the next two hours to be heading towards the Keys.
There is currently no threat to the entire coast of the Sunshine State.
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