Tourists in PCB Enjoying the Beach Despite Tropical Storm

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Many visitors came to Panama City Beach hoping to soak up some sun for Memorial Day weekend, but were given a tropical storm instead.

But tourists like Hilton Smith, said they weren’t going to let that stop them from enjoying their stay.

“We decided to go on vacation just to get away from mom’s work and vacation and everything,” he said.

As Bay County gets hit by Tropical Storm Alberto, both vacationers and locals decided to hit the beach to watch the storm.

“Still there’s a lot of energy, and I noticed that a lot of tourists are still here and they’re enjoying this, what we’re doing,” one local, Cathy Quinn, said.

Some of the biggest impacts from the storm are heavy rains and winds, along with high surf conditions.

“They’re really big, they’re like the size of Hawaii’s waves now!” Smith said.

Some locals said they were a little disappointed by the weather.

“For me it was just I planned on laying out all day and enjoying the sunshine and spending a little more time out here,” local resident, Denise Carter, said.

But Smith said he is staying optimistic.

“We always can find something else to do other than just swim at the beach, we can go to a water park, we can go to Shell Island, we can do all kinds of fun stuff here,” he said.

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