As authorities surveyed the area at daybreak, they reported very little tree damage and there were no immediate reports of widespread power outages.

EUSTIS — Hurricane Dorian, which laid waste to the Bahamas with devastating force this week, barely registered in Lake County as it rolled past Florida overnight Tuesday and Wednesday.

Dorian, which stayed about 80 miles offshore as it marched north, whipped up waves and lashed the east coast of the state with tropical storm force gusts, but 30 miles inland, eastern Lake County saw heavy rain and moderate wind gusts overnight and little else.

As authorities surveyed the area at daybreak, they reported very little tree damage and there were no immediate reports of widespread power outages.

Lake County Communications Director Elisha Pappacoda said Wednesday morning there were "no significant calls overnight" and that just one tree was reported down.

County officials were confident enough that the danger had passed that they ordered the six emergency storm shelters closed at noon. In all, 570 people and 57 pets sought refuge in the shelters in recent days.

Lake had been under threat of tropical storm conditions in the days prior to Dorian's arrival, but National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Bragaw said the storm didn't veer close enough to the coast and its wind field didn't get large enough to reach very far inland.

In fact, Bragaw said most of the area never saw gusts greater than 28 to 30 mph, and rainfall in Paisley, Astor, Umatilla and other east Lake communities topped out at about 2.5 inches.

The rainfall did pose some concerns, however, especially in low-lying Astor. There, Emergency Management officials continued to monitor the St. Johns River, which was near flood stage even before Dorian threatened the area.

The river reached a "moderate flood stage" at 3 a.m. Wednesday. At 3 feet, moderate flooding means water is covering some yards and is encroaching on low-lying homes near the river. The river was expected to crest at 3.4 feet Wednesday night. By comparison, it reached 4.4 feet when Hurricane Irma came through in 2017.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office is enforcing a no-wake zone on the river to keep boats from swamping already jeopardized homes.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, area residents visited lakefront parks to take advantage of breezy but pleasant conditions and to see wind-whipped white caps offshore.

Sue Gruenberg is no stranger to hurricanes, having lived on the Jersey Shore for years. But after 15 years in Arizona, she recently moved to Mount Dora and was feeling anxious about her first encounter with one of Florida's famed storms.

Just before noon Wednesday, Gruenberg strolled along the docks off Gilbert Park in Mount Dora and stopped to video the choppy water on her cellphone.

"I wasn't that worried about damage," she said. "The only thing I was worried about was not having electricity. I prayed for my husband because he was going to have to deal with me in the heat."