Monday morning in Destin, it was the calm before the storm but, that is no longer the case as Alberto is on the move over land.
When Alberto started making its move toward Okaloosa and Walton County, conditions were relatively calm. Calm enough that locals and visitors still took to the beach to see what was happening.
“I’ve experienced all of this before, you know, hurricanes, tropical storms and this is nothing really. It’s actually great weather right now, to be honest with you,” said Jack Whitewater, a Destin local.
When residents to Destin heard Alberto was not going to be a hurricane, many decided it wasn’t worth leaving the area.
“We’re expecting four inches of rain. We are really concerned about our pond over here in Destiny East but, it appears that the run off will not flood us,” explained Doug and Debbie Schwegman, residents to the ares since 2011.
While the Schwegman’s do have some concerns, they still plan to have some fun.
“Well, we are going to have a brunch hurricane party around 10:00 A.M. and then, we are going to go watch it rain and hopefully see the eye of the storm,” shared the Schwegmans.
Okaloosa and Walton County officials are urging everyone to continue to prepare. Alberto is expected to bring gusty winds and heavy rains over an extended period of time.
Whitewater told us, after living here for 27 years and making it through many storms, he can ride this one out, too.
“You know, some tourist have asked me some questions and everything. They ask me, should I leave or should I stay? I say, no, you should be okay. You might lose a little power, maybe. But, nothing too serious or anything,” said Whitewater.
Emergency Management officials say, voluntary storm shelters are open for those who need a safe place to take cover.
Okaloosa County’s storm shelter is located at Davidson Middle in Crestview is open. In Walton County, Freeport High School is the designated shelter.