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Wakulla County marinas work to protect residents' boats ahead of Hurricane Michael

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Posted at 5:26 PM, Oct 09, 2018
and last updated 2019-09-30 08:22:33-04

WAKULLA COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) - Many residents in coastal Wakulla County are getting their boats ready for Hurricane Michael in addition to their family and homes.

Tuesday afternoon, tons of people were heading out of town, towing their boats behind them. However, many local marinas still have boats docked up.

Rock Landing Marina has pulled their floating docks out of the water, preparing for nearly 10 feet of storm surge. The marina's general manager says only a handful of people came for their boats. The other 150 are currently in a boat house.

Robbie Lowther tells WTXL many owners didn't have enough notice to come and get their boats out of the water. And winds started picking up on Monday, making it even more difficult to move boats into a storage unit.

The marina's general manager says the boat house can handle up to 7 feet of water and 150 mph winds. He says he's hoping conditions don't exceed that.