Chopper 5 gets bird’s-eye view of northern Palm Beach County tornado damage

Published: Apr. 30, 2023 at 12:30 PM EDT
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A billboard flattening Cast Stone International in North Palm Beach.

A boat flipped over at a dock nearby off Ellison Wilson Road, also in North Palm Beach.

A roof ripped off an apartment complex as well in North Palm Beach.

Chopper 5 captured the bird’s-eye view of the damage and WFLX Chopper 5 photographer Johann Hoffend described the scene, including in Palm Beach Gardens.

"I haven't really seen that unless it's during hurricane season and that's a different ballgame, but this was pretty intensive," Hoffend said.

At Brenda Lane and Ellison Wilson Road, boats were bundled together with debris in a yard.

Off Sanctuary Cove Drive, huge trees were uprooted, with some having landed on a car.

"A lot of clean-up, a lot of tree branches, a lot of roof damage and a lot of infrastructure itself, a lot of pipes broke with sprinklers and stuff, so that will be a headache, definitely at least a week," Hoffend said.

Near PGA Boulevard and U.S. Highway 1, workers were busy trying to get a tree off a building.

On Melody Lane, the shingles on so many roofs are gone.

"It's been a pretty interesting week on the storm front, something I haven't seen in my 55 years as a Floridian," Hoffend said.

Now, a familiar site after major storms: blue tarps are being placed on roofs as damage is repaired.

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