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Local boaters get prepared for Hurricane Michael's landfall

Posted at 4:08 PM, Oct 08, 2018
and last updated 2019-09-30 08:10:32-04

CARRABELLE, Fla. (WTXL) - Hurricane Michael is expected to have a significant impact in our coastal-counties.

Residents and business owners in Franklin County have been busy getting ready for the storm.

It's been breezy for much of the day, and the local boaters tell WTXL it's been choppy on the waters a sign that a storm is on its way.

We visited C Quarters Marina. One of the dockmasters said boats have been in and out of here, fueling up and figuring out whether to stay and anchor everything down or find a way off the water altogether.

Dealing with rough weather is a part of life here, and there's always a plan to make sure everyone and everything is safe. They start getting ready at the start of hurricane season in June, securing anything that could become a hazard.

"This is a little bit more of a bullseye attack in a short period of time, which, thankfully, that's always good, too. It's not going to sit there and linger, we hope, but, yeah, it's a little bit more intense," said Kim Reijers, the co-dockmaster for C-Quarters Marina. "Tropical Storm Dennis, I think we were about 150 miles from the eye when that came up, and we had water up here on the deck."

The marina should be done with most of the prep work by Monday night.

That dockmaster said she's pretty confident they've done everything they can, and now, it's a matter of waiting for Michael to get here.