Cedar Key residents prepare for Fay
North Central Florida's coastal communities are keeping an eye on Fay's progress.
But they're not boarding up and heading out just yet.
WCJB's Erica Rodriguez tells us how residents in Cedar Key plan to prepare.
It was a clear and sunny day out in Cedar Key.
Some residents took their boats out for a last-minute fishing trip, while others went on with their everyday routine.
And it seemed like the only signs of a storm heading that way were the empty restaurants and hotels.
Erin Velders knows what it's like to see the Sea Breeze restaurant dining room with severe damage.
"We had some downstairs damage, and upstairs got some leaking," Velders said.
That damage happened about four years ago, when a series of strong storms tore through the area -- and through the windows of Sea Breeze on the Dock.
That's why Velders and her co-workers are watching Fay closely.
"We're gonna board up some of the windows and maybe get some sandbags," she said. We just have to try and make sure the damage isn't as bad as it was last time."
And they're not the only ones with their eyes on the storm.
Kate Seeking-the-Sky works at a nearby hotel.
She says tourists cleared out today and that others called in to cancel reservations.
And as for herself ...
"If they tell you to leave, that's the smartest thing to do," she said.
A lesson she says she learned the hard way 20 years ago.
"By the time I decided I wanted to leave, we were cut off completely," she said. "It's like a river."
Meanwhile, some boaters in the area started getting ready.
Danny Allen went for a last minute fishing trip in one of his boats and thought about options for his other one
"Depending on how strong it is when it's close to us, you know, if it's strong, we'll pull it out," Allen said. "If it ain't then we'll just hunker it down a little more safe."
Caution ... that Erin Velders says is probably a good idea.
"My instinct is that we're gonna get hit," Velders said. "And we haven't been hit in quite some time."
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