PASS-A-GRILLE, Fla. - No preparation is overcautious for a beach community rocked by the last tropical storm.
After Tropical Storm Debby shot a tornado through the Pass-a-Grille Marina and other surrounding properties, boat and business owners took the advice of local meteorologists and spent Saturday preparing for what is likely to be Hurricane Isaac.
"It's scary," said boat owner Lisa Elae of Apollo Beach. "Right now, I'm having trouble with my bilge pump, so I've got to get it fixed before this rain hits. It's all I can do. Just got to pray (the boat) makes it."
Employees at the marina, which lost its roof and southern-most wall during Debby, say they may have to open up all doors to the facility if Isaac brings strong winds. Because repairs from the June storm aren't done yet, winds could enter through the uncompleted wall and tear the roof off again.
Meanwhile, Pinellas EOC released few new details on Saturday as the area went under a tropical storm watch. 10 News reported Friday that Pinellas emergency managers wouldn't make another statement until Sunday to avoid "crying wolf."
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