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Given the choice, most of us want to stay in our homes. Sometimes, people need help to remain at home. That's where Always Best Care Senior Services comes in.

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“There are so many nursing homes to choose from, with their guidance I was able to find the right facility for my mother, right away. I would highly recommend them to any family or friends in need of their services.”

Candace K.

“Steve and Claudia at Always Best Care Senior Services were just awesome in how they provided at home care for my mother Carmen. Starting with the initial consultation by Steve to learn about mom's personal care needs to the follow-up visit of a registered nurse to the eventual placement of a compassionate caregiver; every step of their service was well thought out and they truly delivered on providing a level of care for mom that exceeded our families (and mom's) expectations. It can be very nerve racking to find and leave your loved one with a caregiver but this company gets that and they were just fantastic. Thank you Always Best Care!”

Mark B.

“ABC has provided the essential care and support my dad needed after hospitalization and chemo treatments. I have peace of mind knowing they are supporting him.”

Michelle B.

“I have been utilizing Always Best Care Senior Services for 2 years to care 24/7 for my elderly parents. I am very pleased with their services. The Owners and Office Staff bend over backwards to make sure that there is always coverage, to alert my parents Caregiver Team of any requests that I make, to advise me when there is an issue with my parents or their dog. The Caregiver Team working with my parents are all compassionate and caring, knowledgeable and skilled. Sadly, my Father passed away in the fall of 2020. Each of their Caregivers, the Owners and the Office Staff expressed to me that they would like to attend his memorial service when we are able to have it. During the weeks he was slipping away, the Caregiver team not only took care of my parents, they looked after me, gently reminding me to eat, rest or take a break. They truly care not only for my parents, but for all our family. I can’t begin to express what a comfort it has been to have them caring for my parents, especially during the pandemic when visits are prohibited. They are my eyes and ears. Working intimately with my parents, the Caregivers are very tuned in to even subtle changes. If you are in the market and looking for a senior services/home health care company, I strongly urge you to reach out to Always Best Care Senior Services. You’ll be happy you did.”

Heidi R.

“If you want quality care for yourself or your loved ones, Steve and his time are the best, don’t waste your time looking elsewhere. As an estate planning attorney, I have recommended clients to Steve who have been very happy with his team. Steve and his team went above and beyond for one specific client of mine that had a very complex situation, and I am eternally grateful to them. I only hope I can continue to work together with him - Steve and his team are dedicated to making sure you are comfortable, happy and safe. My favorite part about Always Best Care is that all of their staff are TRAINED EMPLOYEES WITH CONTINUING EDUCATION - NOT INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS!”

Aldo C.

“Always best care is a top notch senior services company. They go above and beyond with their clients and treat them as if they are family. If you are looking for a great family oriented team to help take care of your love one look no further. Give Always best care a call you will not be disappointed!!”

Forrest H.

“Highly recommended! All the staff is very professional and courteous”

Ryan N.

“Steve and his team were amazing. As my father’s Parkinson’s progress, we were in need of home health care desperately. Steve and his nurse came to our home, assess the situation, and set up a schedule to accommodate our needs. I would highly recommend them to any family or friends in need of their services.”

Claudine P.

“Steven and his team are superior in caring for aging friends and family. The most important thing is having people who you can trust with your family.”

Allison T.

“Steve and his team will take superior care of your loved ones.”

John D.

“Steve Snell and Staff of Always Best Care Senior Services have been amazingly responsive, helpful and worked diligently to make sure my clients needs were met! Can't praise them enough. The case was staffed immediately and overseen at all levels. Thank you for Always providing the Best Care!”

Karen G.

“I have worked with, and explored working with, various agencies and registries in the Palm Beach County area. I am picky. Always Best Care is qualitatively a notch above every other organization I've encountered. Responsive. Amiable. Professional. The aide, Islande, who has worked with my mom is top-notch for our needs. And . . . I have no doubt Steve (the agency's owner) and his staff would strive to find someone else, if it hadn't been a fit. If you are looking for Nursing Care, I strongly recommend giving Always Best Care a chance. BTW: It is important to understand that working with an Nursing Agency (like Always Best Care), means the staff are employees, not independent contractors (as they are when working through a Nursing Registry). An Agency is vested in having good employees, and a good agency wants you to be happy. But even all Agencies are not created equal. I worked with one (Alternative Health Care) where aides did not always show up! That was painful and incredibly stressful, and the manager and other higher-up staff didn't give a hoot.”

Liz S.

“I wish there were more that five stars. I can not say enough about the experience we have had in working with Always Best Care Senior Services. Not only were they extremely receptive to our needs, available immediately to every call, text or email, compassionate and kind...every single employee was better than the next. My Dad's recent death and my mothers recent surgery (with complications) requiring extra care was a traumatic time for our family. The care she received was beyond skilled and professional. We knew she was in trusting, caring hands. She was happy. I have recommended ABC to others and they have had the same experience. Do not hesitate to reach out to them if you are in need. I highly recommend them. I know I will be reaching out to Steven and Claudia the next time I am in need. My family and I are extremely grateful.”

Donna H.

“Fabulous experience with Always Best Care. Treated my 90 year old Father in Law with dignity and respect. We actually had fun with his aides and they were helpful and kind.”

Alicia B.

“I am very glad to have chosen ABC Senior Services to get us through a very difficult time when my parents finally reached the end of their independent lifestyles at age 96 and 97. Scheduling was difficult and sometimes changes were made last minute, but ABC came through as well as could be expected. Despite losing his wife of 37 years, my father is currently doing very well back north in an assisted living facility. Thank you ABC for the compassion you expressed throughout the 4 months you were there for us.”

Rob C.

“Always Best Care is a great company who goes above and beyond for their clients. My mother fell at my brothers home in Connecticut and I called Steve Snell for some guidance. Even though Steve is in Florida he was able to get my family connected with a representative in Connecticut immediately. Thank you Steve!”

Mike B.

“ABC goes to great lengths to get to know their clients in order to provide the best possible match with ABC’s in home care providers. The aides blend into the home environment with professionalism, compassion and helpfulness. They are unobtrusive but available at all times. As a primary caregiver I wish I started with them years ago.”


“Extremely friendly and professional. I was very comfortable leaving my loved one in their care.”

happy C.

“Great, helpful, supportive service! I tried others, but ANC is the beat!”


“Experiencing using ABC is the best you will find anywhere. The owners and employees are there for one reason and that is to make their clients happy with their caregivers. I have never seen such compassion from an agency. I am the client, so I know what to look for and the caregivers they recommend. Would be happy to talk to anyone with questions. Thanks”

Mimi B.

“Always Best Care's caregivers and office staff are the best I have dealt with.”

Bruce M.

“I can't say enough about how much ABC has helped both our parents and our family. Their name -- Always Best Care -- is clearly their guiding principle! From the highest level administration (Stephen and Beverly) to the amazing caregivers and schedulers -- the entire staff have been responsive and attentive from day one. They have been unfailingly respectful, caring, professional and competent. They were flexible and kind when my mother became terminally ill. And readily available and again responsive when we reinitiated services for my father. Their attentiveness and professionalism is reflected in the amazingly kind, competent and resourceful caregiving staff. Their exceptional caregivers have allowed us peace of mind, knowing that our Dad is getting great support from reliable providers who readily alert us of any matters that need attention. I highly recommend ABC!”

Carla R.

“Always Best Care has been wonderful in many ways. Steve Snell, Owner and Area Representative, and Beverly Casper, RN were patient, kind and respectful while my Dad came to terms with the idea that he really did need help. They were flexible and open and that made all the difference. My Dad's aide Fabienne is responsible and caring and now more of a companion than aide. Steve and his scheduling team has been proactive about any changes that needed to occur and very good about communicating with me both by phone and email. Having them on board has lessened the worry I feel on a daily basis. My mother had a prolonged illness and through the years we dealt with many health care agencies. The attention and care we have received from Always Best Care is, by far, the best we ever have experienced and we are very grateful to have found them.”

Linda S.

“I highly recommend Always Best Care Senior Services if you have a loved one that needs personal care.”

Melanie T.

“Dori, is such a wonderful person and makes such an impact on everyone she is involved with.”

Jamie W.
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How does In-home Senior Care in North Palm Beach, FL work?

Home is where the heart is. While that saying can sound a tad cliche, it's especially true for many seniors living in America. When given a choice, older adults most often prefer to grow older at home. An AARP study found that three out of four adults over the age of 50 want to stay in their homes and communities as they age. When you begin to think about why, it makes sense. Home offers a sense of security, comfort, and familiarity.

The truth is, as we age, we begin to rely on others for help. When a family is too busy or lives too far away to fulfill this role, in-home senior care is often the best solution. Home care services allow seniors to enjoy personal independence while also receiving trustworthy assistance from a trained caregiver.

At Always Best Care, we offer a comprehensive range of home care services to help seniors stay healthy while they get the help they need to remain independent. As your senior loved one ages, giving them the gift of senior care is one of the best ways to show your love, even if you live far away.

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Aging in Place: The Preferred Choice for Most Seniors

While it's true that some seniors have complicated medical needs that prevent them from staying at home, aging in place is often the best arrangement for seniors and their families. With a trusted caregiver, seniors have the opportunity to live with a sense of dignity and do so as they see fit.

In-home care makes it possible for millions of seniors to age in place every year. Rather than moving to a unfamiliar assisted living community, seniors have the chance to stay at home where they feel the happiest and most comfortable.

Here are just a few of the reasons why older men and women prefer to age at home:


How much does a senior's home truly mean to them? A study published by the American Society on Aging found that more than half of seniors say their home's emotional value means more than how much their home is worth in monetary value. It stands to reason, that a senior's home is where they want to grow old. With the help of elderly care in North Palm Beach, FL, seniors don't have to age in a sterilized care facility. Instead, they can age gracefully in the place they want to be most: their home. In contrast, seniors who move to a long-term care facility must adapt to new environments, new people, and new systems that the facility implements. At this stage in life, this kind of drastic change can be more harmful than helpful.

Healthy Living
Healthy Living

Institutional care facilities like nursing homes often put large groups of people together to live in one location. On any given day, dozens of staff members and caregivers run in and out of these facilities. Being around so many new people in a relatively small living environment can be dangerous for a seniors' health and wellbeing. When you consider that thousands of seniors passed away in nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, opting for in-home care is often a safer, healthier choice for seniors. Aging in place has been shown to improve seniors' quality of life, which helps boost physical health and also helps insulate them from viral and bacterial risks found in elderly living facilities.


For many seniors, the ability to live independently with assistance from a caregiver is a priceless option. With in-home care, seniors experience a higher level of independence and freedom - much more so than in other settings like an assisted living community. When a senior has the chance to age in place, they get to live life on their own terms, inside the house that they helped make into a home. More independence means more control over their personal lives, too, which leads to increased levels of fulfillment, happiness, and personal gratification. Over time, these positive feelings can manifest into a healthier, longer life.

Cost and Convenience
Cost and Convenience

More independence, a healthier life, and increased comfort are only a few benefits of aging in place. You have to take into consideration the role of cost and convenience. Simply put, it's usually easier to help seniors age in place than it is to move them into an institutional care facility. In-home care services from Always Best Care, for instance, can be less expensive than long-term solutions, which can cost upwards of six figures per year. To make matters worse, many residential care facilities are reluctant to accept long-term care insurance and other types of payment assistance.

With Always Best Care's home care services, seniors and their families have a greater level of control over their care plans. In-home care in North Palm Beach, FL gives seniors the chance to form a bond with a trusted caregiver and also receive unmatched care that is catered to their needs. In long-term care facilities, seniors and their loved ones have much less control over their care plan and have less of a say in who provides their care.

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Affordable Care Plans

In-home care is a valuable resource that empowers seniors to age in place on their own terms. However, a big concern for many families and their loved ones is how much in-home care costs. If you're worried that in-home care is too expensive, you may be pleasantly surprised to learn that it is one of the most affordable senior care arrangements available.

Typically, hiring an Always Best Care in-home caregiver for a few hours a week is more affordable than sending your loved one to a long-term care facility. This is true even for seniors with more complex care needs.

At Always Best Care, we will work closely with you and your family to develop a Care Plan that not only meets your care needs, but your budget requirements, too. Once we discover the level of care that you or your senior need, we develop an in-home care plan that you can afford.

In addition to our flexible care options, families should also consider the following resources to help offset potential home care costs:

Veteran's Benefits
Veteran's Benefits

Attendance and aid benefits through military service can cover a portion of the costs associated with in-home care for veterans and their spouses.

Long-Term Care Insurance
Long-Term Care Insurance

Many senior care services like in-home care are included in long-term care insurance options. Research different long-term care solutions to find a plan that provides coverage for senior care.

Private Insurance
Private Insurance

Home care can be included as part of a senior's private insurance plan. Read over your loved one's insurance policy carefully or speak with their insurance provider to determine if in-home care is covered.

Life Insurance
Life Insurance

Depending on the life insurance plan, you may be able to apply your policy toward long-term care. You may be able to use long-term-care coverage to help pay for in-home elderly care.

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During your Care Plan consultation with Always Best Care, your Care Coordinator will speak with you about in-home care costs and what options there may be to help meet your budget needs.

Compassionate Care. Trusted Caregivers

When you or your senior loved one needs assistance managing daily tasks at home, finding a qualified caregiver can be challenging. It takes a special kind of person to provide reliable care for your senior loved one. However, a caregiver's role involves more than meal preparation and medication reminders. Many seniors rely on their caregivers for companionship, too.

Our companion care services give seniors the chance to socialize in a safe environment and engage in activities at home. These important efforts boost morale and provide much-needed relief from repetitive daily routines. A one-on-one, engaging conversation can sharpen seniors' minds and give them something in which to be excited.

At Always Best Care, we only hire care providers that we would trust to care for our own loved ones. Our senior caregivers in North Palm Beach,FL understand how important it is to listen and communicate with their seniors. A seemingly small interaction, like a short hug goodbye, can make a major difference in a senior's day. Instead of battling against feelings of isolation, seniors begin to look forward to seeing their caregiver each week.

Understanding the nuances of senior care is just one of the reasons why our care providers are so great at their job.

Unlike some senior care companies, our caregivers must undergo extensive training before they work for Always Best Care. In addition, our caregivers receive ongoing training throughout the year. This training ensures that their standard of care matches up to the high standards we've come to expect. During this training, they will brush up on their communication skills, safety awareness, and symptom spotting. That way, your loved one receives the highest level of non-medical home care from day one.

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Taking the First Step with Always Best Care

The first step in getting quality in-home care starts with a personal consultation with an experienced Care Coordinator. This initial consultation is crucial for our team to learn more about you or your elderly loved one to discover the level of care required. Topics of this consultation typically include:

An assessment of your senior loved one


An in-depth discussion of the needs of your senior loved one to remain in their own home


Reviewing a detailed Care Plan that will meet your senior loved one's needs


Our caregivers are trained to spot changes that clients exhibit, like mental and physical decline. As your trusted senior care company, we will constantly assess and update your Care Plan to meet any new emotional, intellectual, physical, and emotional needs.

If you have never considered in-home care before, we understand that you and your family may have concerns about your Care Plan and its Care Coordinator. To help give you peace of mind, know that every team member and caregiver must undergo comprehensive training before being assigned to a Care Plan.

When you're ready, we encourage you to contact your local Always Best Care representative to set up a Care Consultation. Our Care Coordinators would be happy to meet with you in person to get to know you better, discuss your needs, and help put together a personalized Care Plan specific to your needs.

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Best Beaches in South Florida

Find stretches of warm golden sand, blue Atlantic Ocean waters, and gently swaying palm trees. In The Palm Beaches, you’ll find the top beaches in Florida.The Palm Beaches are home to top beach towns, top beach resorts, and top rated beaches in Florida. With 47 miles of pristine Atlantic coastline and stretches of golden sand to pick from, naming the best Florida beach in The Palm Beaches is impossible. Instead, here’s...

Find stretches of warm golden sand, blue Atlantic Ocean waters, and gently swaying palm trees. In The Palm Beaches, you’ll find the top beaches in Florida.

The Palm Beaches are home to top beach towns, top beach resorts, and top rated beaches in Florida. With 47 miles of pristine Atlantic coastline and stretches of golden sand to pick from, naming the best Florida beach in The Palm Beaches is impossible. Instead, here’s a list of some of our favorite white sand beaches for sun and fun so you can decide which strand of oceanfront gets your top spot.

Canopy-covered walkways, a hardwood boardwalk and a café welcome families to Boynton Beach Oceanfront Park. Umbrella and lounge chair rentals, a playground and a concession stand are available for the ultimate in relaxation and fun. Oceanfront Park Beach is open 365 days a year from sunrise to 9 pm. Lifeguards are on duty every day from 9 am to 5 pm. Designated surfing and skim board areas are located at the north and south end of the beach. Places to stay nearby: Hampton Inn & Suites Boynton Beach.

Address: 6415 N Ocean Blvd, Ocean Ridge, FL 33435

One of our more northern beaches in the county and one that cannot be missed. Known as a beach with a quiet personality, Coral Cove Park offers unparalleled snorkeling conditions. Just a few feet offshore and in just a few inches of water are water-carved rock formations, shaped by countless seasons of wave action. A waterproof camera will come in handy when capturing the beauty of sea turtles, eels, fish, and sharks swimming between the reefs and rocks of the cove. The park is conveniently located close to the Intracoastal Waterway, offering additional areas to explore in and out of the water. Families will be delighted to discover picnic benches, grills, and a small playscape.Places to stay nearby: Jupiter Waterfront Inn.

Address: 1600 S Beach Rd, Tequesta, FL 33469.

The two-mile-long stretch of Delray Beach sits comfortably between Boca Raton and West Palm Beach. It offers easy accessibility and a tranquil experience, thanks to the beach’s calm waves and warm waters. Its boundaries are marked by sand dunes, which act as natural barriers. After your beach trip, explore one of the many Atlantic Avenue restaurants just a short walk from the sand.Places to stay nearby: Opal Grand Oceanfront Resort & Spa.

Address: 400 S Ocean Blvd, Delray Beach, FL 33483

Take in panoramic views of the Atlantic Ocean from the Juno Beach pier while enjoying 990 feet of excellent saltwater fishing. Enjoy a variety of fishing tackle for sale at the bait shop, as well as poles for rent. After a day of swimming, grab a snack at the concession stand or prepare dinner on the park’s barbecue grills. Additional amenities include free parking, picnic tables, restrooms, and showers.Places to stay nearby: Hampton Inn Jupiter/Juno Beach.

Address: 14775 US-1, Juno Beach, FL 33408.

Take a dip in the family-friendly small lagoon, or drop a line from the jetty. Make a big catch or buy seafood from Pinders Seafood & Marketplace–either is good for a bit of afternoon grilling. Surf with the locals or play some volleyball. Best of all, bring a furry friend to cool off, as a portion of Jupiter Beach (Ocean Cay Park) allows dogs to be off their leash. Additional amenities include pavilion access, picnic tables, and restrooms. Places to stay nearby: Jupiter Beach Resort & Spa.

Address: 1375 Jupiter Beach Rd, Jupiter, FL 33477.

This beach is ideal for soaking up the sun and taking in scenic views. Lake Worth Beach is noted for its cleanliness and relaxed atmosphere. Take a stroll along its golden sand, or find your way up and along its pier. There, you’ll find Benny’s On The Beach, an oceanfront restaurant with diverse cuisine from breakfast to dinner. Places to stay nearby: Sabal Palm House Bed & Breakfast Inn.

Address: 10 S Ocean Blvd, Lake Worth Beach, FL 33460.

Perfect for a sunrise walk or run, the boardwalk at Ocean Reef Park stretches along the dune ecosystem. There’s plenty of sand on the wide beach to relax and take in this quintessential South Florida experience. Rock piles just off the shoreline provide plenty of sea life to entertain adventurous snorkelers. Up in the park area, there’s a picnic pavilion, as well as grills and single picnic tables. Additional amenities include a playground and showers. Places to stay nearby: Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa.

Address: 3860 N Ocean Dr, Riviera Beach, FL 33404.

Peanut island is a family sanctuary which features snorkeling, overnight camping, and swimming. This 79-acre beauty in the heart of the Lake Worth inlet was actually a dredging project dating back to 1918 and is a fan favorite of many! With a rich history, nooks, and crannies to snorkel, sunbathe and even camp, the island vibes are here and loaded with activities. Peanut Island is only accessible by boat, paddleboard, or canoe. Best ways to visit are to take a water taxi from nearby Sailfish Marina or Riviera Beach Marina–or anchor your boat right along the shoreline. Places to stay nearby: Peanut Island Park & Tent Campground.

Address: 6500 Peanut Island Rd, West Palm Beach, FL 33404.

This 14.7-acre beach park is a gateway to discover the islands of The Palm Beaches: Singer Island, Peanut Island, and Munyon Island. The park is a great fishing spot and has a nice playground. But what Phil Foster is best known for is a man-made snorkeling trail that winds around the south end of the island and near the pilings of the Blue Heron Bridge. While the full trail is intended for stronger swimmers, the beach access is great for kids wanting to wade around closer to shore. Families can play on the sandy beach, while enjoying the fully protected water of the lagoon (also known as the Intracoastal Waterway). Places to stay nearby: Hilton Singer Island Oceanfront/Palm Beaches Resort.

Address: 900 Blue Heron Blvd, Riviera Beach, FL 33404.

Red Reef Park is a secluded, heavily foliated area that’s a favorite haunt for a variety of small birds. Bring your camera and see if you can capture images of larger and more spectacular birds on the ocean side of the park. Snorkeling at the park’s south end and surf fishing are popular leisure activities, and access to the beach is available with many parking options. The Gumbo Limbo Nature Center is part of the 67-acre park. Gumbo Limbo will delight nature lovers of every age, with educational programs about sea turtles, nature, conservation, and the area’s ecology. Programs are tailored for children as well as adults, so children can enjoy learning about endangered sea turtles. Additional amenities include showering stations, walking paths, and a picnic area equipped with grills, tables, and restrooms. There’s even a 9 hole golf course with views of the ocean! Places to stay nearby: The Boca Raton.

Address: 1400 N Ocean Blvd, Boca Raton, FL 33432.

Lined with palm trees and protected waters, Dubois Park is located on the southern edge of Jupiter Inlet. Pull into the ample parking lot and you’ll notice the park doesn’t face the ocean, but rather the beautiful and historic Jupiter Inlet. Look west and you’ll see the Jupiter Lighthouse. Look east and you’ll see the mouth of the inlet leading into the shimmering ocean. A man-made barrier of natural rock and concrete shelters a pool of water, perfect for bathers of all ages. The water is replenished and cleaned by the natural currents of the inlet, and access to the swimming area is easy and well-marked. There are public bathrooms available, as well as small grills for cooking. Best of all, the calm swimming area is great for kids, and parents will appreciate how easy it is to keep track of little ones. Places to stay nearby: Wyndham Grand Jupiter At Harbourside Place.

Address: 19075 Dubois Rd, Jupiter, FL 33477.

Located in North Palm Beach and nestled on a barrier island, John D. MacArthur Beach State Park is the only state park in Palm Beach County, as well as one of the most family friendly parks among Florida’s State Parks. This nearly-two-mile picturesque beach allows you to explore with a number of water activities. Swim, snorkel, and refresh yourself in the clear blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. The flip side of the park sits in the urban estuary of the Intracoastal Waterway. Kayak, canoe, hike short trails, and visit the Nature Center. Top amenities include picnic tables, barbecue grills, children’s playground, and gift shop. Places to stay nearby: Hilton Garden Inn Palm Beach Gardens.

Address: 10900 Jack Nicklaus Dr, North Palm Beach, FL 3340.

This was our selection of top rated beaches in Florida. Check out our beachfront and waterfront hotels, book your stay in one of our beach towns, and enjoy our pristine beaches!

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Almost one week later, EF-2 tornado damage cleanup looking up in North Palm Beach

NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — It's been almost one week since an EF-2 tornado rocked parts of Palm Beach County, and people are continuing to pick up the pieces.The path of the tornado on Saturday extended over two and a half miles, starting as an EF-0 tornado near I-95 and then ex...

NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — It's been almost one week since an EF-2 tornado rocked parts of Palm Beach County, and people are continuing to pick up the pieces.

The path of the tornado on Saturday extended over two and a half miles, starting as an EF-0 tornado near I-95 and then extending to an EF-2 a short time later. The tornado had wind speeds of up to 130 mph, according to a report from the National Weather Service Miami (NWS Miami).

CBS12’s Dani Travis went back to three of the worst hit places; the Sanctuary Cover Apartments, Sandalwood Estates, and the North Palm Beach Community Center.

It's been almost one week since an EF-2 tornado rocked parts of Palm Beach County, and people are continuing to pick up the pieces. (WPEC)

Sealed up apartment windows, smashed in cars, ripped up roofs, and uprooted ground, are all signs of damage that still remain from the EF-2 tornado that hit the North Palm Beach area six days ago.

"It looked pretty bad when you first stepped on scene, like woah what just happened. Literally like an earthquake or a bomb went off,” Zak Sherman, North Palm Beach Parks & Rec Director of Leisure Services, said.

"It was not like a hurricane; it was fast and furious,” Susanne Girouard, Sandalwood Estates resident, said.

The American Red Cross Palm Beach County chapter jumped into immediate action.

“We really focus on families that have major damage or their homes are completely destroyed. We’re very lucky in this situation that there weren’t that many homes that met that requirement,” Eric Roby, American Red Cross Palm Beach Executive Director, said.

At this time, the Red Cross is assisting about a half dozen families whose homes met those requirements.

"There’s a lot of cosmetic damage, a lot of trees down, broken windows, but a lot of the homes that were damaged are still livable,” said Roby.

Cosmetic damage has forced the North Palm Beach Community Center to remain closed since the storm.

“The thing that stands out the most is all the trees, but the most costly damage is obviously going to be to the field, the field lights,” said Sherman.

A costly price guessed to be more than $200,000 in damages, but manageable with the help of insurance. Minutes away, Sandalwood Estates Resident Susanne Girouard says the cleanup process over the past week has been better than expected.

“FPL was great. I don’t know how many tree people we have here. Unfortunately, we had to remove a lot, but it’s been excellent,” said Girouard. “Everyone’s come and done everything great. I mean, it’s amazing.”

And clean-up workers at many of these hard-hit locations agree.

“Things are looking great right now. When you first drive in, it looks like the trees got a nice haircut,” said Sherman. “Everyone’s pitched in, everyone’s helped.”

A community left picking up the pieces 6 days later, just thankful it wasn't worse.

“This tornado is the perfect example as to why the Red Cross recommends that you are prepared for a disaster 365 days out of the year. It’s not just storm season that we’re accustomed to here in South Florida,” said Roby.

Red Cross says you can be disaster prepared by having a plan, practicing that plan, make sure you know who to communicate with and where to meet up, and make sure you have at least three days’ worth of emergency supplies foe your entire family.

The North Palm Beach Community Center is set to re-open to the public Saturday.

Clean up continues in Palm Beach Gardens after EF2 tornado tore through with 130 mph winds

PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. —Clean up continues in Palm Beach Gardens Monday after an EF2 tornado touched down on Saturday.After further assessment, the National Weather Service Miami confirmed its intensity Sunday. Officials say winds from the tornado peaked at 130 mph. NWS estimates the tornado was on the ground from 5:10 pm to 5:21 pm.This content is imported from Twitter. You may be able to find the same content in another format, or you may be able to find more information, at their web site....


Clean up continues in Palm Beach Gardens Monday after an EF2 tornado touched down on Saturday.

After further assessment, the National Weather Service Miami confirmed its intensity Sunday. Officials say winds from the tornado peaked at 130 mph. NWS estimates the tornado was on the ground from 5:10 pm to 5:21 pm.

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NWS Miami can confirm an EF-2 tornado occurred yesterday April 29, 2023 in Palm Beach Gardens. Multiple reports of damage to trees, homes, buildings, power poles and cars. For more information visit the latest Public information Statement: https://t.co/Y5tBQ8SZWz pic.twitter.com/i94is2rnFL

— NWS Miami (@NWSMiami) April 30, 2023

Officials say the tornado was about a quarter of a mile wide, and the path of destruction spanned more than 2 miles.

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Gallery: Tornado damage in Palm Beach Gardens

The tornado caused damage at the Point at Palm Beach Gardens apartments next to U.S. 1 and PGA Boulevard. Cars were also damaged in that parking lot, and nearby trees were destroyed.

"I watched it for about 20 seconds to see which way it was going to move, and then obviously, when I saw it kind of closing in toward us, I immediately shut the slider, went back in, huddled in the bathroom, the building started to shake, there was a lot of noise for 20 to 25 seconds,” said Andrew Laybourne, who lives in the Point at Palm Beach Gardens apartments.

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Laybourne says he's lucky his apartment only had a little damage. But other people's apartments had more significant damage, and several cars were thrown around during the tornado.

"I got chill bumps on my arm," said Jason Rash, who lives in the Point at Palm Beach Gardens apartments. "I’m lucky to be alive. I had my back against the concrete wall. I’m in an open-air parking deck, and I’m like, ‘I’m going to get blown away. If I stand here, I’m going to get slammed against the wall.'"

Rash was on the phone with his son, who was across the parking lot at a gym. They’re both doing OK.

"The whole time when you’re thinking about your child trapped in a building over here, and he can’t get out and you can’t get to him and I was like, ‘Oh my God, my life is in danger’ and that’s when I ran to get to the stairwell,” Rash said.

"(My son) started crying, and he was like, ‘Dad, what can I do?’ and I was like, ‘Get down! Get down! Get down!’" Rash said.

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Power lines in the area exploded after the storm passed. Many trees along U.S. 1 in Palm Beach Gardens fell down due to the storm. At least one boat that was docked capsized. Firefighters say two cars driving southbound on U.S. 1 rolled over due to the storm. First responders say one of those drivers had minor injuries.

In Juno Beach, several power lines are now slanted due to the storm.

"It's got to be a tornado because I've never seen anything like this in all the hurricanes I've seen. This was powerful,” said Norman Hirsch, who lives in Juno Beach.

Palm Beach County Fire Rescue crews say they’re still assessing the damage.

Dine Local at Hidden Gems in The Palm Beaches

Get a taste of authentic local flavors at these favorite eateries in The Palm Beaches.In honor of The Palm Beaches Restaurant Week, three local bloggers are sharing a few of their favorite smaller or lesser-known restaurants that serve up off-the-charts food and drink. The Palm Beaches Restaurant Week takes place Aug. 16-31, 2021. Diners can enjoy special prix fixe menus and offers from restaurants and local businesses throughout The Palm Beaches. ...

Get a taste of authentic local flavors at these favorite eateries in The Palm Beaches.

In honor of The Palm Beaches Restaurant Week, three local bloggers are sharing a few of their favorite smaller or lesser-known restaurants that serve up off-the-charts food and drink. The Palm Beaches Restaurant Week takes place Aug. 16-31, 2021. Diners can enjoy special prix fixe menus and offers from restaurants and local businesses throughout The Palm Beaches. See a full list of participants here, and start planning your route to taste the best of The Palm Beaches.

Stage Palm Beaches Restaurant Week Participant As the chef-driven culinary scene makes its way to the northern reaches of The Palm Beaches, enter Stage, the Indian American fusion concept by previously Miami-based chef Pushkar Marathe. Aesthetically a jewel box in Palm Beach Gardens, the kitchen of this bustling restaurant produces flavorful dishes from start to finish, brunch to dinner. Diners feast on garlic naan, street corn, butter chicken Masala, Bang Bang cauliflower, Korean BBQ ribs and yellowfin tuna ceviche among the many diverse menu selections. Craft cocktail lovers can rejoice too. Stage’s inventive libations, some designed to be shared and some with playful presentations, are all delicious.

Ebisu For those looking for a truly authentic Japanese dining experience, head to Ebisu, also in Palm Beach Gardens. Slip off your shoes and be seated on the floor tableside at a traditional table, or join the chefs at the bar for an immersive experience of sashimi, sushi rolls and other Japanese fare. The seafood is beautifully fresh and can be prepared as a boat for a colorful, shareable display. For those looking for a memorable evening, ask about the Omakase (chef’s choice) experience. Feeling less adventurous? Don’t miss out on the ramen. Open for lunch and dinner, Ebisu is also a fantastic happy hour spot – kanpai!

Captain Charlie’s Reef Grill Locals may have tried to keep it a secret, but the word is out about Captain Charlie’s consistently prepared, varied, well-portioned seafood dishes. Enjoy conch chowder, house-smoked fish dip, seafood curry, gumbo or paella, alongside fresh catch seafood preparations and rotating daily specials. The interior of this Juno Beach eatery is casual, the vibe is relaxed, and the atmosphere is friendly whether dining with the family, a friend or colleague, or on a date. Open for lunch and dinner; don’t be surprised if there’s a wait. Brass Ring Pub Step through the doors of this dive bar into a windowless haven for beer, burgers and wings. The North Palm Beach flagship location of Brass Ring Pub is a beloved space with Sharpie markings along the booths and walls that pay homage to relationships, special occasions and friendships. The beer is served cold in a pitcher with a Ziploc bag of ice, the wings are award-winning, and the burgers are hard to replace, especially if you grew up eating them. A locals’ joint with pool tables, board games and a line of regulars at the bar, this is a true treasure of The Palm Beaches.

Coolinary Café & Parched Pig Well established on the scene, Chef Tim Lipman’s Coolinary Café and sister watering hole The Parched Pig are in the same Palm Beach Gardens shopping center and will soon be combined into a single space. Coolinary is known for its fresh ingredients, sourced locally whenever possible; inventive and ever-evolving daily specials menu; and tried-and-true favorites. Pastry Chef Becca Traverse is also on deck creating memorable desserts that are familiar but elevated, much like the dinner menu. While Coolinary serves beer and wine, Parched Pig picks up with heavy hitter mixologists creating craft cocktails alongside oysters and flavor-packed small plates.

Café Chardonnay Palm Beaches Restaurant Week Participant Tucked away in an unassuming shopping plaza in Palm Beach Gardens is Café Chardonnay. This amazing restaurant has been delighting diners for more than 30 years with its incredible menu. Chef Frank Eucalitto takes pleasure in creating delicious and innovative dishes that showcase all that American cuisine has to offer. To accomplish this, he partners with local farms, ranches and fishermen to source the best ingredients in the area. You really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu, but we suggest trying the brandied lobster bisque and the herb and Dijon-crusted rack of lamb. Consider pairing your meal with something off the incredible wine list.

Don Ramon Restaurante Cubano Palm Beaches Restaurant Week Participant Cruise down Dixie Highway in West Palm Beach to find Don Ramon Restaurante Cubano, one of the pioneering restaurants bringing the authentic Cuban experience to The Palm Beaches. You are bound to be delighted by the energetic live music and scrumptious menu. Owners Dina and Juan Rubio take pride in showcasing the succulent flavors of the traditional Cuban cuisine. When perusing the robust menu, consider beginning with the Appetizer Fiesta to get a wonderful sampling of starters. For a main course, the ropa vieja is delightful and packed with so much flavor. Just make sure to leave room for dessert!

The Butcher and The Bar One of the most unique and wonderful restaurant concepts in The Palm Beaches is Boynton Beach’s The Butcher and The Bar. It is a full-service butcher shop that doubles as a delectable restaurant and bar. Its regionally sourced meat is fantastic and frequently featured on the restaurant’s “Butcher Bites” small plate menu. You also can’t miss the heavenly craft cocktails at this laid-back spot. If you are looking for a change of pace for Sunday brunch, make sure to check it out. We highly recommend the house-made eggs Benedict. It’s one of the best kept secrets in The Palm Beaches.

Amar Mediterranean Bistro Palm Beaches Restaurant Week Participant If you are looking to go on a culinary journey, look no further than Amar Mediterranean Bistro in Delray Beach. This intimate restaurant features modern adaptations of traditional Lebanese dishes that pay homage to owner Nicolas Kurban’s heritage. The centerpiece of Amar is the incredible wood-burning oven where handmade pita bread is baked fresh throughout the evening. If you’re not sure where to start, consider trying the Taste of Amar menu. This chef-selected menu is filled with shareable dishes and offers a generous multi-course flow of flavors and textures. More than 30% of the menu is vegan including some of the desserts, so it’s truly a restaurant for everyone to enjoy.

Blues & BBQ Blues & BBQ in Boynton Beach is true to its name. This authentic barbecue and Southern cuisine restaurant is guaranteed to speak to your soul, from the blues music blaring from the speakers to the saxophone and guitars on the wall to the dark wood panels. This Black-owned dining establishment also offers brunch on Sunday, which includes the fan-favorite Southern shrimp & grits. Make sure to try their famous conch fritters paired with a glass of Southern sweet tea. The eatery also offers catering for special occasions, and the owner, Wayne Barton, feeds the community all over South and Central Florida.

Malakor Thai Cafe Nestled a few blocks north of downtown West Palm Beach, Malakor Thai Cafe is a culinary oasis for foodies. The Thai restaurant offers both indoor and outdoor dining where guests can immerse themselves into a colorful environment complete with tropical plants, stunning artwork and fish tanks. The tantalizing shrimp Pad Thai is a favorite, along with the steamed Thai dumplings, which are filled with chicken and shrimp and served with a side of ginger soy sauce for dipping. One of the best drinks on the menu is the lychee martini, which goes perfectly with the cheesecake tempura. Try this with the homemade coconut ice cream for a bit of extra razzle-dazzle!

Mo&Ma Cookies and Pies Originally from El Salvador, mother-daughter duo Monica and Maritz Portillo opened Mo&Ma Cookies and Pies in December 2019. Monica owned bakeries in El Salvador and decided to try her hand at a bakery here upon coming to the United States. Mo&Ma receives rave reviews from locals and offers yummy treats, including their signature tres leches cookie and hand pies. A crowd favorite is the “cookies & cream” cookie stuffed with vanilla cookie dough and Oreo cookies. This adorable bakery is an influencer- and local-friendly spot with a photo wall and snapshots of guests posing with their delicious sweets and drinks.

Cholo Soy Cocina Serving upscale and delicious Latin street food, Cholo Soy Cocina is located amid antique shops, furniture stores and art galleries in West Palm Beach’s Antique Row. Winner of the Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen,” Chef Clay Carnes brings authentic Latin cuisine to this hangout spot for the eclectic foodie crowd. His famous short rib and chancho tacos are two local favorites and taste fantastic with the signature Cholo Soy margarita.

Girl, 11, home alone when EF2 tornado ripped through North Palm Beach

NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. — Communities in northern Palm Beach County that were hit hard by Saturday's tornado are still cleaning up. During this process, more stories are emerging on what residents experienced.A young girl who was home alone while her mother went to buy groceries explained the terrifying moments.Kayo Walsh, 11, was at the Sanctuar...

NORTH PALM BEACH, Fla. — Communities in northern Palm Beach County that were hit hard by Saturday's tornado are still cleaning up. During this process, more stories are emerging on what residents experienced.

A young girl who was home alone while her mother went to buy groceries explained the terrifying moments.

Kayo Walsh, 11, was at the Sanctuary Cove apartments in North Palm Beach when the storm hit.

"I thought it was just a heavy rain because I heard the thunder, and I was tired," Kayo said. "But then I heard a loud bang."

The girl could not believe what was happening. The rain outside sounded stronger than usual.

"Then I heard a loud bang, which was the door frame for the locks and stuff," Kayo said. "It flew off the door, and it fell into the living room, and I was confused hearing the door knocking against the wall. I saw in the living room that the door was open, and I was confused thinking my parents had not locked it."

She went to close the door, but it wouldn't close.

"Then when I went near it, the door flung open and hit me in the head here and hit me against the wall," Kayo said.

The girl said all of this was frightening.

"I cried running to my room," Kayo said.

She then waited until it got quiet outside.

"I went out through the front door and saw that a tree was blocking the door," Kayo said.

The young girl was able to get out of her home and run to a family friend's apartment about a quarter of a mile away.

"She was crying," the neighbor said. "She was terrified."

The friend called Kayo's mother to let her know the girl was OK.

"I miss like my little closet because it's a hideout for me with my LED lights," Kayo said. "My mom brought all of the stuffed animals back to me before they forced us to stay out of our house. I think they let her in for a moment to grab everything."

The family said they are temporarily staying at an Airbnb.

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