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Franklin County bounces back after Subtropical Storm Alberto

Posted at 5:59 PM, May 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-29 14:48:22-04

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - A handful of Florida’s coastal counties are cleaning up after subtropical storm Alberto. 

If you weren’t in Franklin County on Memorial Day, it’d be hard to tell a subtropical storm just washed through.

Authorities say they’re considering Alberto to be practice. 

Overall, authorities in Franklin County are pleased with how emergency crews responded to Alberto.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office, Florida Highway Patrol, and Franklin County emergency Management Services worked together to ensure resident and tourist safety.

Deputies evacuated islands and closed roads roads nearest tidewater as a precautionary measure.

Business owners and vacationers weren’t quite as pleased as authorities, but the director of Franklin County Emergency Management says evacuations were in their best interests.

"Nobody wants to ruin anybody's vacation. It's a hard decision to make when you're looking at what they called a subtopical storm because people just think it's a bad thunderstorm but it's not," said Pamela Brownell. "When you got sustained 65 mile per hour winds and you are looking at 2 to 4 foot of surge, on top of high tide - at one point that was six foot of water on that island."

Access to to the bridges and popular tourism destinations hasbeen restored, along with all reported electric outages.

There was was no loss of life or storm related injuries.

Crews worked Tuesday to repair the few downed wires in Alberto’s wake, and countywide electricity has been restored.

Franklin County reminds residents to be prepared for Hurricane season which officially begins June first.