Even though the morning surf was at least good enough to walk alongside it, most homeowners seemed to have their day consumed with preparation.
“I just prepare around the house, put up the kayaks, move the boat where no trees can fall on it secure anything that’s loose in the yard,” said Jeff Card as he stopped by the Cotton Bayou Beach Access to check out the waves. Others had similar plans.
“Yesterday we tied all our boats down today we’re about to move another boat we’ll just see what happens,” said Jack Mayo. It’s a storm that’s garnered a lot of strength and a lot of attention in a short time and no one’s sure what things will look like tomorrow.
“Obviously concerned but I’m not as concerned as if it was an Ivan or Katrina but we’re worried about it but hopefully we’ll be fine, I hope whoever it hits we’ll all be fine,” said Jeff Card. 22 miles north of the shore, county officials gathered in Robertsdale to talk about the next steps.
“Right now our biggest concern is going to be flooding and rainfall in low-lying areas,” said Interim Baldwin EMA Director Jessie Peacock. Across the state line in Florida, an emergency Escambia County Commission meeting–wasn’t much of an emergency as commissioners decided not to declare a state of emergency as it appeared the storm inched further westward.