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Coastal Residents Prepare for Isaac's Impact

By: Deneige Broom Email
By: Deneige Broom Email

St. George Island, Florida- August 27, 2012

Residents and visitors along our coast are are preparing for Isaac's impact.

Everybody seems to be taking it in stride. It's all pretty relaxed, the way you'd picture a beach town to be. We've seen plenty of people out and about even surfing but we also saw truck beds filled with gas cans and supplies. If you're looking for a generator, you won't find one here.
Gas cans? Only a handful left.

Taylor's Building Supply was even open when it's normally closed knowing people would need to stop and shop.

Said Ken Fish of Taylor's Building Supply: "A lot of people were getting their flashlights and their batteries and their water."

Generators were some of the first things to go.
But other storm supplies weren't too far behind.

"Gas tank, lanterns etc," listed Fish.

The mandatory evacuation in Franklin County has people leaving St George island but many are choosing to stay.

Justin Fischer flew from Atlanta to help his family get ready.

"We didn't know how bad it was going to be so we decided I'd come down and help him board up."

Now he's bored because Monday's weather wasn't as crazy as he expected.

As far as his plans for the day, Fischer said: "Probably just eat and watch some TV."

People here are mostly concerned about storm surge and flooding. Ken Fish, from the hardware store lives along Hwy 98 that runs through Eastpoint near St. George. He says parts of 98 flood whenever they get weather like this and that's what they're concerned about. They're nervous about power as well because during Tropical Storm Debby the island was dark for 5 days.


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