PANAMA CITY BEACH FL-- People living on the Gulf Coast are very familiar with tropical storms.
Making them experts at planning ahead.
"I just took in anything that would fly around but i'm not sure what this storm is going to bring."
"We did do the normal things. We pulled plants in the house, secured our pets and our lawn furniture and all that good stuff, just anything that could be blown away by the wind."
"And now that Tropical Storm Debby has officially begun to affect the Gulf Coast, we have surfers out in the water right now, enjoying the huge waves, but ignoring the warning of the double red flag."
"If there's a double red flag, you shouldn't be in the water! But we have seen today that there are surfers out here. Hopefully they're careful, watch what they're doing, and be safe."
But lifeguards are still on duty for those that just can't stay away from the surf
"They just warn us to keep our leashes on and stay safe while we're out there surfing the big waves."
And though these knarly dudes love to hang-ten in the middle of a tropical storm, they still have enough sense to secure their seaside residence.
"We live around the beach so water comes up in the street sometimes so we put up a blockade so the water doesn't rush in."
But while it is important to secure your home before the storm hits, it's also a good idea to prepare for the long haul.
"We went to the store earlier and bought extra food and water in case the power goes out and if it does intensify we have another place to go further inland and you know, if we need to evacuate for any reasons."
Because during a tropical storm, it's better to expect the worst and hope for the best...