The Town of Palm Beach, and south Florida in general, were very lucky with Hurricane Matthew grazing our coastline and making landfall further north. However, Hurricane Matthew did disrupt power throughout the entire North End of Town north of Wells Road and for about half the customers in the Midtown area. Power was fully restored two days after the storm passed. Due to damage from the storm though, a week later another power failure occurred for more than 500 North End residents. That outage, which lasted more than four hours, was caused by a main power line that was damaged during the storm.
Two communities that have undergrounded their utilities, Jupiter Inlet Colony and Jupiter Island, experienced a much different outcome during Hurricane Matthew.
The Mayor of Jupiter Inlet Colony had this to say about undergrounded utilities during the storm:
The Town Manager of Jupiter Island, submitted the following report during Hurricane Matthew: