Alberto in Franklin County

By: Jason Davis
By: Jason Davis

The first named storm the 2006 hurricane season has come and gone without much fanfare. "Tropical Storm Alberto" made landfall in Taylor County around noon Tuesday.

Many people in the eastern portion of our viewing area braced themselves for severe flooding, but folks in Franklin County are breathing a sigh of relief.

Tropical Storm Alberto blew into Franklin County with a lot of noise, but little wind.

Butch Baker, Franklin County Emergency Management Director, says, "As things turned out we missed, the tropical storm winds and we missed the great big surges, and we had a nasty thunderstorms."

Residents here say the pools of water Alberto left behind are typically of any heavy rainfall.

Jeremy Osburne, a St. George Island resident, said, "These roads floods every time it rains. Really, the storm surge was here yesterday afternoon about 12 o'clock; a few people got water in their back yards on the bay side."

Alberto made landfall about 100 miles away, but even bands of bad weather didn't keep Apalachicola oyster fishermen at bay.

Jody Estes, an oyster fisherman, said, "We ain’t worked all week, so we gotta go get out there and at least try to get a few of them."

And they weren't the only ones that felt it was safe to go back in the water.

As you can see, it's still overcast out here on St. George Island. Not the exact setting for fun in the sun, but that's not stopping beach goers from getting out here and having a good time anyway."

Ronald Carter, a surfer, said, "Usually it's flat and you get a little bit, but when you get a storm coming through like this, it pushes the swell ahead of it and then the way the winds are coming off shore it cleans it up, so it's nice."

But don't be deceived; beach officials say dangerous rip currents are likely following a storm, even a mild one like Alberto.

As Alberto moves on, flood watches still remain in effect for portions of Georgia and South Carolina.


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