Isaac a delight for Pensacola Beach surfers
PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla -- Homeowners in Pensacola Beach know exactly what is to be expected from Isaac. This isn't their first rodeo.
"Big seas, lot of rain, wind, flooding," said Bradley Bane.
Many Pensacola Beach homeowners are now clearing patios, sealing windows and taking cover indoors. But Bane is doing the opposite.
"You watch the storm, you know when it's coming, you know what the winds will be, what the swells will be and you just prepare for it make sure you all are ready," he said.
By ready, he means suited up with a surfboard in hand.
"And when the surf comes up, call your buddies, call your friends and go. Surf's better, more powerful when you have a storm than it is when a wind storm comes in."
He says this is exactly what surfers in the golf live for.
"I love it. It's great."
Bane says it will likely get too dangerous in the coming days, so that's why he's getting out there Monday. But he knows to surf with a buddy and stay aware of what's happening around him.
Homeowners getting ready for Isaac
PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla -- The oceanfront property in Pensacola Beach has some serious perks. But for many, their view is barricaded with storm shutters. They're covering every window.
Frank Winn and his wife learned over the years it's better to be safe than sorry.
"I've lived here in Pensacola all my life and when I grew up we didn't even think about hurricanes but, since Ivan and Opal, I've had the Gulf in my house six times," Winn said.
This go-round, they aren't too worried. Frank's pretty confident Isaac will continue far enough west that his beach should stay relatively quiet. But if they are asked to evacuate, they'll follow orders and hope for the best. His wife says owning their own little piece of paradise is worth it.
"She'll take her pelicans and her dolphins and her white sand and water and grandkids," he said. "If the hurricane comes, then it comes. We'll just come back."
Homeowners say the dunes separating the ocean from the houses makes a huge difference. Even if the storm surge builds up these waves, they don't expect any water coming into their homes.
Pesacola Beach, 3:47 p.m.
PENSACOLA BEACH, Fla -- Action News has just arrived in Pensacola Beach.
It's a windy afternoon already but currently no rain.
A yellow flag is waiving as you enter the beach, warning visitors of moderate surf conditions.
Isaac is off the coast, but the storm isn't stopping folks from driving into the area anyway.
Right now, conditions are cloudy.