FLAGLER BEACH, Florida – Days before the anticipation of Hurricane Dorian on Florida's east coast, residents of this sleepy seaside town are twisting plywood boards over windows, putting sandbags in front of their doors and trimming palm trees outside their homes.  Despite recent weather forecasts that predicted the eye of the hurricane may never cross the Florida coastline, many here said they knew through experience – especially after brushes with Hurricane Irma in 2017 and Michael last year – that a storm of such magnitude does not necessarily have to be caused by drought to destroy homes and properties.
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"I used to live in the other block above here, but I moved inland," said Joseph Brown as he fished in the canal adjacent to his former home. "That's because Hurricane Irma ruined us here. This area just flooded here and I had like two feet of water in my house."
Officials were expected to make an evacuation message for Flagler County on Sunday. Other counties have delayed or canceled their evacuation orders on Saturday, as it appears that Hurricane Dorian continues to follow northwest into the ocean, toward Georgia and the Carolinas and as far away as Florida.
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But people here said they would not play with the storm that destroyed homes here during Hurricane Irma and Matthew in 2016 – though the last storm didn't even make the land.  "This is the water we need to worry about," said 56-year-old Leonel Dominguez as he tossed sandbags into the back of his car, hoping to protect his home, damaged by Hurricanes Irma and Matthew.
The National Hurricane Center said Saturday night that Hurricane Dorian has maintained its strength as a Category 4 dangerous storm and will continue to intensify before its expected drought sometime next week, but warned of tropical storm conditions along the flora Ida shore all week and up to 15 feet of storm surge.
The unclear trajectory of the storm, which was first expected to make landfall early Monday in south central Florida, left many unclear in the state whether to evacuate or shelter locally.
Brushes with past hurricanes contributed to their indecision, a sensation that extended as far south as Broward County, predicted from the region that they would no longer be affected by Hurricane Dorian.
"Although conditions seem more favorable at the moment, let's not forget the incident two years ago in 2017 when Hurricane Irma was scheduled to emerge from the east coast," County Mayor Mark Bogen said Saturday. "At the last minute, she cut to the west coast and then passed through Orlando to Jacksonville."
As he punched wood boards over the windows of his mother's windows in Flagler Beach, 33-year-old Caleb Fortney said he didn't take anything for granted. Her house sits on top of a hill just a few steps from the beach, but he had seen the whole town flood only years ago during Hurricane Irma, a storm that ate away the A1A Florida Road, which was still rebuilding almost two years ago. late.
Fortney and many others said that expecting a stormy jump or rising water driven by Hurricane Dorian over typically dry land would cause the city to flood again.
This also comes during an extremely high tide coast, colloquially called the "king tide".
"The bottom of Flagler Beach will be hit in every way," Fortney says. "We are already in a lot of high tide when fishing, so even at the moment our low levels are like a normal tide – we will flood hell."
It was this threat and this Evacuation Order that led many to say that they would most likely leave their homes on the beach in the coming days.
53-year-old Glenn McClary enrolled his entire family, including his nephew on a vacation from Ecuador, to build sandbags at the Mala Compra Park on Saturday. Their house was destroyed by the storm of Hurricane Irma, so he and his wife, Marisol, said they did not bother going to Jacksonville or Georgia's interior if needed.
"If they tell you to evacuate, you have to," McClery said. "Otherwise, you're just endangering other people."
Many also did not risk the palm trees surrounding their homes, enlisting the help of a couple of 26-year-old Arrington Turner and 32-year-old Victoria Casanova to cut off the fronts that could become dangerous shells. during a storm.
Turner and Casanova, former locals, left shortly after Hurricane Matthew for Georgia, but returned often to cut trees and work together to negotiate during the hurricane season.
"We were here when the last storm of the storm – wiped out everything," Casanova said, shuffling a full palm gable at the back of the couple's mid-sized SUV. "But our phone started to swell and we saw the storm coming. We couldn't tell people we would be there in three weeks."