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09/13/04

Coast Residents Begin Boarding Up

Residents of the Mississippi Gulf Coast are taking the hurricane threat seriously. They're watching the weather and checking their hurricane supply list.

A certain sign of that storm preparation involves plywood panels on windows. And that's happening all along the coast.

Bill McFarland and son Randy spent the morning Monday in hurricane prep mode. They built plywood panels to protect the windows on the elder McFarland's Biloxi home.

The last hurricane left messy tape marks.

"I had so much trouble getting the tape off since I left it on an extra week due to my age. And I decided I don't want to go through that again," said Bill McFarland.

Both father and son shared stories of riding out Hurricane Camille in '69. The home on Shady Lane, just north of Pass Road, sustained mostly minor damage.

"You know, it never hurts to be, try to be prepared for something like this. Just precautionary measures. If it doesn't come, that's great, but we just try to be ready," said Randy McFarland.

One cautious condo owner on the beach in Biloxi is also taking no chances. He boarded up his windows on the top floor of the six story complex.

We found the familiar hurricane panels going up on several homes Monday, especially along the beach front.

Bill Irwin's work crew helps Treasure Bay get it's property prepared. They've been through this storm prep work assignment before.

"That's why we saved all this wood. 'Cause we knew sooner or later another one's coming," said Irwin.

With the storm track still uncertain, coast residents and business owners will simply watch the weather and take all the necessary precautions.

"We're looking real close at it. We're just monitoring it on a daily basis and watching to see what it's doing," Irwin said.

By Steve Phillips

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