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Boaters Battening Down the Hatches Before Weekend Weather

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With the changing path and strength of Tropical Storm Karen nothing is for sure for boat owners. So, many of them took advantage of Friday's weather to get their knots tied and sails tightened down giving boat owners a whole new understanding of the phrase battening down the hatches.

"I live in Dothan and I've just been monitoring the weather and it looks like we may get some stronger winds," said Randy Johnson, boat owner.

Johnson and his neighbors on the docks are hoping to keep their boats between the pile ons.

"We were planning on coming down anyway to go sailing," said Greg Allen. "But, we decided not to go out into the Gulf today because of the weather."

Johnson and Allen are doubling up dock lines, securing sails, and making sure electricity is unplugged. It's typical storm prep for experienced mariners.

"I'm going to move the boat over center it," said Allen. "Check the dock lines and go over things and hope for the best."

"It's just part of boat ownership," said Johnson.  

Cameras at St. Andrews and Panama City marinas give a unique birds eye view of boats and waters surrounding the docks. Those that choose to get away from the rain and uncertainty can until the storm passes.

"Probably Monday I'll come down and I'll take a look at it then," said Johnson. "I think it's really supposed to come through Sunday the biggest part."

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