St. Mary

Sep 2, 2011 11:12 PM by Maddie Garrett

Cypremort Point Braces for Storm

People down in Cypremort Point are already taking precautions as Tropical Storm Lee inches toward the bay. During the day Friday, Lee didn't seem too threatening in Cypremort Point, but people there aren't taking any chances.

"There had to be over a 100 boats left today, there was some leaving yesterday. And people coming in with trailers picking up all their equipment, their lawn mowers, their ice chests, just getting it out of here," said Bayview Store owner Mike Olander.

Olander said the hardest part about this storm is its uncertainty.

"I mean we've planned for storms, we've packed up this store plenty of times, but we knew exactly it was coming to us, now we don't know," he explained.

And not knowing has turned out to be costly for Olander. He estimates he's already out $7,000 in wasted food stocks and paying employees to pack up his store and bar. Not to mention lost revenues the marina had expected to make over the holiday weekend.

"It's just a shame it's our last big weekend for the point and we're going to miss out on all that," said Cypremort Point camp owner Gill Primeaux.

But as Lee spins in the Gulf, Olander said he'd rather be safe than sorry.

"Just to make sure we're covered, we're going to do everything we possibly can to make it through this one," he said.

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