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Crews Fight Drifting Sand in Fort Lauderdale

Hurricane Sandy creating windy conditions on Fort Lauderdale Beach

By Donna Rapado
|  Thursday, Oct 25, 2012  |  Updated 11:45 AM EDT
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Clean-up crews were out dark and early to scoop up load after load of sand that was blowing onto streets and sidewalks from Fort Lauderdale Beach due to winds from Hurricane Sandy.

Clean-up crews were out dark and early to scoop up load after load of sand that was blowing onto streets and sidewalks from Fort Lauderdale Beach due to winds from Hurricane Sandy.

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Clean-up crews were out dark and early to scoop up load after load of sand that was blowing onto streets and sidewalks from Fort Lauderdale Beach due to winds from Hurricane Sandy.

Hours before daylight, as gusts whipped up to 30 mph at times, crews went to work shoveling sand from the sidewalk and A1A.

"It's been very windy and rainy but the worst is yet to come," foreman David Smith said.

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Smith said his crews usually wait until a storm blows over to clean up, but with the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show drawing hundreds of thousands of people beginning Thursday, they wanted to get a jump on it.

"As we throw it over, it blows back, but we're just trying to make a good effort down here," Smith said.

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Besides the clean-up crews, few people were out near the beach. Jogger Alex Hillegaas, who's visiting from Illinois, isn't used to the tropical storm type weather but ran his six miles as planned.

"Yeah, it's not that bad," he said. "What I kinda do is I zone out and I just run so I don't really feel it...I don't really care, I had to go for my run."

In addition to the sand, workers were also being careful to preserve the 10 or so remaining sea turtle nests along the shoreline.

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