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Apalachicola Prepares For Karen

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By: James Buechele
October 4, 2013

Apalachicola, FL - Jeff Hewitt has worked at 13 Mile Seafood in Apalachicola for the past two years.

Although the store sits right on the Apalachicola river, he's not too concerned about Tropical Storm Karen. In fact, he says it's business as usual.

"Might get a little storm surge might get a little rain but that's about it," said Hewitt.

Jeff Ilardy has lived here for about a decade. The retiree says he's not worried about his property but he is for other folks.

"I'm concerned because it effects the people that live and have businesses right along the water," said Ilardy.

If there's one thing locals are worried about it's storm surge. Tropical Storm Debby damaged one of the docks on the river and crews are just now replacing it.

As for Hewitt, he'll just play it by ear and hope for very little cleanup come this weekend.

"Just basically, let it play out. and then see what happens in the aftermath."

When you ask Shirley McCrone and John Messick why they're visiting the beach on this of all weekends, they have a simple answer.

"Because it was the only weekend that we had that we could come," laughed McCrone. "I'm coming to the beach."

"It didn't look that dangerous," added Messick.

The couple from Fanning Springs, Fla. know a thing or two about tropical storms and hurricanes. Messick lived through hurricane Andrew in 1992.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office has not ordered any type of evacuation that's why tourists and residents in Apalachicola say they're going tough out whatever Karen brings."

"If they say evacuate then you go."


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