Looking around Destin Harbor this afternoon it almost looked like any other summer day. But it quickly became apparent that there was something different this afternoon.

Many businesses along the boardwalk were boarding up windows and closing down shop ahead of Hurricane Michael’s approach, even as the sun slipped below the horizon

Dillan Touchtone was hard at work boarding up AJ’s. He says even though Michael developed quickly, they are used to hurricanes and their impacts.

Dillan Touchtone, AJ’s Seafood and Oyster employee “We’ve been putting up a lot of wood, boarding up our windows. We’re more worried about water damage than anything else. We always got to prepare for storms being on the Gulf Coast. Nothing really ever surprises us.”

Some people we talked to were surprised by how strong Michael was.

John Caccese, who's visiting from Massachusetts “I think we were surprised how quickly it came up.”

Caccese and his friends were in town for the seafood festival last weekend and stayed a few extra days. On vacation from the northeast, they weren’t going to let Michael ruin their fun time here along the Gulf Coast.

Caccese “Sit in the hotel room, perhaps drink a little wine, and watch some television. We stocked up earlier.”

Over at Big Red Grill and Bar, Casey Jones was busy making last minute preparations for the storm. From tables to chairs, everything had to be put up and locked away. And even as the shutters came down over Big Red’s, Jones still was planning ahead for the aftermath of Michael.

Casey Jones, Big Red Grill and Bar employee “Just as soon as the storm comes through, I’m setting up by the sheriff’s station to help the first responders and anybody that needs help from the storm.”

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