(For reference, Broward County is the home of Ft. Lauderdale, on the SE coast of the state)
The area I'm in probably got Category 2 winds with gusts up to Category 3. I sat on my back patio (which was two-thirds covered with storm shutters, plus it was screened in and protected by a huge hedge) during the majority of the storm and watched it. I'm one of those people who secretly love hurricanes, so it was awesome. I woke up at 6:45AM yesterday to tropical storm-force winds, which was basically the equivalent of what we got with Katrina. We lost power at 7:35 (yes, I checked the exact time, haha) and we probably started getting hurricane force winds a little after that. We listend to the radio during the rest of the storm, and it sounded like we were going to get a bit of the large eye of the storm. We got the eastern eye wall around 10 or 11, which was some pretty intense stuff, probably with category 2 gusts. According to what we heard on the radio, that would be the most intense part of the hurricane. However, we ended up not being in the eye after all (well, we might have been in it for a few minutes, but only the extreme southern end of it) and the southern eye wall turned out to be even worse. The winds broke our patio screen (we decided it would be best to wait out the rest indoors after that...) and knocked down one of our palm trees in the backyard and it was just really scary. You could hear loud, deep booming noises that were probably trees falling and the wind was insanely loud. The wind was coming from the west at that point, blowing directly into the front of my house, and at one point we opened the door into the garage to check on the garage door and it was shaking. It didn't end up collapsing though, so that's good. Anyways, after that really bad eye wall, the weather died down really quickly. We were outside in light rain and significantly lighter wind checking on damage by 1:00.
The damage around here seems to be mainly roof damage and a LOT of trees down. There's a good photo gallery here if you'd like to look. I haven't been able to take any pictures myself, but maybe I will tomorrow. The city where I live is practically the tree capital of South Florida, so roads are blocked and houses are partially crushed all over the place. The trees here are practically historical, and now they're all gone. But really, it could have been so much worse. I've heard reports from Ft. Lauderdale that a bunch of the buildings have tons of blown out windows (such as the school administration building, heh). A1A is completely covered by sand, and there are tons of downed power lines all over the place. 98% of South Florida is without power, and FP&L said it could take 'up to four weeks' to restore it all, so I'm practically rejoicing right now because I have power. Oh yeah, and there's no school for the rest of the week. Unfortunately, my homecoming was scheduled to be this Saturday, so I don't know if that's going to happen. Ah well.
So, in conclusion, things are pretty bad down here, but they could have been a lot worse. But then again, I'm on the east coast, which isn't even where the hurricane made landfall...