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Many Panacea residents choosing not to evacuate despite mandatory order

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Posted at 4:12 PM, Oct 09, 2018
and last updated 2019-09-30 08:18:49-04

WAKULLA COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - Right now, in Wakulla County, all low-lying coastal areas are in mandatory evacuation zones.

Many residents in Panacea that WTXL spoke are staying here to ride out Hurricane Michael, despite the evacuation order.

Regardless of people staying in their homes or leaving, the town is full of activity.

From people leaving stores with full shopping carts, to long lines at gas stations, to people pulling boats out of the water, Panacea locals are getting themselves ready.

And many say it's not their first time riding out a storm here.

"I'm on the other side of 98 so we're hoping the surge won't cross 98," said Brent Scott, a Panacea resident. 

The Wakulla County Sheriffs Office had shuttles available to take Panacea residents to Leon County shelters Tuesday. However, no one showed up.

Deputies with the Wakulla Sheriff's Office tell WTXL they're concerned about some of the Panacea residents who are staying home for Hurricane Michael.