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Taylor County flood concerns arise as Tropical Storm Nestor approaches

Posted at 9:33 AM, Oct 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-19 09:33:02-04

TAYLOR COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — For people in Taylor County, flooding is a real concern.

Just a couple of months back, parts of the county dealt with some of the worse flooding the area has seen. In August, the county issued a state of emergency for Steinhatchee when about 100 people experienced damage to their homes from heavy flooding.

Between that flooding and their experience with Hurricane Hermine, local businesses are hoping there's not more of the same from Nestor.

"It actually kind of caught us off guard, it came out of nowhere," said Derek Snyder, the outside manager of Sea Hack Marina. "We’re expecting a pretty good surge and pretty heavy winds so we’re taking all the precautions we can to be prepared for this thing."

Since winds are a big concern, people here were warned to make sure they secure anything that could get picked up in the storm.

We spoke with a representative from the Taylor County Sheriff’s office who says some people have chosen to evacuate based on a recommendation issued Friday just after 4 p.m..

So far, the county has recorded wind speeds at about 16 miles per hour.

Again, officials say you should secure any outdoor items that could fly in high winds. Boat owners should bring their crafts in and move any items that could be affected by flooding to higher ground.

We will continue to monitor storm conditions through the morning.