Bay County looks at Storm Damage on Monday


Things are quiet right now in Bay County. Many people in the area were really prepared for Irma just in case. News 13’s Peyton LoCicero was live from a home in The Cove area of Panama City.

People in Panama City weren’t taking any chances and they did it with a sense of humor.
But, luckily after talking to many residents in the area. They say they saw very little damage here.

When Hurricane Irma began spinning toward the Panhandle, Floridians in this area prepared for the worst and hoped for the best.

“We came up last Thursday from St. Petersburg when it looked like the Hurricane was going to track straight up the western coast of Florida,” shared Tom Conroy, St. Petersburg Evacuee.

Conroy packed up his belongings and made his way to Panama City. He said after riding out Hurricane Andrew in 1992, he knew exactly what to do.

“The only, best thing to do was to evacuate,” explained Conroy.

As Hurricane Irma began dropping in category levels, many locals in Panama City felt like they had enough advance notice and felt safe.

“We will be okay, it’s not that bad. Last night, I was so scared to pieces, because all of the trees in the neighborhood. You know, woke up and was like, ‘Oh this wasn’t so bad,'” said Bronwyn Bartechko, Bay County Resident.

“We spent time securing our boat at the marina, securing the loose gear around the house and getting everything tied down and put away. But, my little oak tree was the only casualty so far,” said Carl Jordan, Bay County Resident.

Even though Hurricane Irma left her mark on Florida, many residents and evacuees have found something to smile about that keeps them going.

“My brother has come up with a new term. He has coined the word, ‘Hurri-cation,'” joked Conroy.

“It was just starting to get windy and I thought well, lets get some spray paint and have some fun with this,” shared Bartechko.

Many residents were out on Monday assessing the damages from the winds that came in. There were very few reports of any damages in the Bay County area.

Around 500 residents in Lynn Haven were without power. Gulf Power said they were working on the issue and those residents should get power around 7:15 P.M. Monday night.

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