‘Very Nervous,’ Florida residents describe feelings about Tropical Storm Colin

(Photo; WFLA)

HUDSON, Fla. (WFLA) – They’ve seen it before. In fact, you could call many residents of Pasco County in Florida are veterans when it comes to storms.

They’ve been through it so many times that they know what to expect, and they know what to do. But, that does not make it easy.

Longtime residents like Barbara McMichael says that even after 40 years of living in this area, she never gets used to it.

“It’s pretty freaky, scary,” she said just outside her home near Hudson Beach.

The streets there were flooded out Monday afternoon.

“The water was almost all the way past the tires on my truck. I couldn’t get out,” she said.

Then, there are other folks like Madeline Henk who patiently watch the rising water, with a nervous eye. “It’s crazy,” she said with a cautious chuckle. “The water was rising within two minutes. We sat here and watched it.”

Indeed, Pasco County has seen flooded roads and treacherous conditions on Monday.

Schools closed early, while many businesses followed suit. Residents explained that they hope for the best, but expect the worst.

One longtime homeowner summed it up. “It’s Mother Nature. What can you do?” Schools are scheduled to resume at normal time Tuesday morning.

Many streets that spent the day flooded out are now revealing concrete again as the water is finally starting to recede.

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