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BREVARD COUNTY IS KNOWN FOR ITS BEACHES, RON JON’S, ST. JOHNS RIVER AND THE WORLD FAMOUS KENNEDY SPACE CENTER. BUT THIS WEEK IT IS KNOW FOR BEING THE APPARENT LANDFALL OF HURRICANE MATTHEW. 

RESIDENTS OF BARRIER ISLANDS AND MOBILE HOMES MUST EVACUATE. FIRST RESPONDERS WON’T BE ABLE TO HELP IN HIGH WINDS.  THE WINDS SEEN HERE ARE TOO HIGH FOR ANY EMERGENCY HELP.

THIS WAS THE SCENE ALL OVER THE COUNTY. DOWN TREES AND FENCES LITTERED ALL OVER.  POWER LINES AND FLOODED STREETS. 

A HURRICANE OF THIS MAGNITUDE NEVER HIT THE COAST OF FLORIDA. ONE NEVER HIT BREVARD COUNTY, THE SPACE COAST.  

A DIFFERENCE OF TWENTY MILES CHANGED THE COASTLINE OF FLORIDA. A SLIGHT CHANGE WOULD HAVE BEEN CATASTROPHIC, AS THEY SAY. 

MANY PEOPLE IN THE BARRIER ISLANDS STAYED. MAYBE THE FELT THEY’VE SEEN THIS BEFORE. MAYBE THEIR LOVE FOR THE PLACE KEPT THEM GROUNDED. 

AFTER ALL THE WINDS, RAIN AND FLOODING BREVARD COUNTY IS STILL HERE. KENNEDY SPACE CENTER HAD NO DAMAGE. THE INDIAN RIVER AND THE BEACH LOOK JUST AS BEAUTIFUL AS BEFORE. MATTHEW GAVE THE BEACHES GIFT OF SEA SHELLS. THE SPIRIT OF THE RESIDENTS HERE LIVES ON. 

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