Anna Maria Island tourists “in awe” of hurricane’s effects


RED TIDE IS NOW IN FULL TILT MODE BECAUSE OF HURRICANE MICHAEL. ON REDINGTON BEACH, PETER BERNARD, NEWS CHANNEL 8. MANATEE COUNTY DODGE THE BRUNT OF THE HURRICANE BUT FOLKS ARE BEING WARNED TO STAY AWAY FROM ANNA MARIA ISLAND IS THAT STORM PUSHED THROUGH. VICTORIA PRICE CONTINUES TEAM COVERAGE TO SHOW US HOW NOT EVERYONE HEATED THAT WARNING. EVENING. BEACH CONDITIONS HERE ARE VERY DANGEROUS. THE PORTS OF ANNA MARIA SAW FLOODING BOTH TODAY AND YESTERDAY BUT BEFORE THE STORM SURGE ROLLED IN, THE TOURISTS DID, TOO. PERFECT TIMING. REPORTER: HURRICANE MICHAEL MAKING FOR A LAST-MINUTE UNEXPECTED TEST FOR THE FAMILIES VACATION ON ANNA MARIA ISLAND. IT IS INCREDIBLE TO WATCH. REPORTER: IT WAS ON THE STORM SURGE WATCH AS THE STORM PUMMELED THE GULF COAST. IT IS NORMALLY SERENE BEACHES AND THERE ANYTHING BUT WHAT WITH WHITECAPPED WAVES. THE BEACHES WERE WORN AWAY. THAT WAS AMAZING. SCARY AND AMAZING. REPORTER: DIANE MARSH AND HER HUSBAND ARE VISITING FROM KENTUCKY AND SAY THEY ARE TRYING TO MAKE THE MOST OF IT. THEY BRIEFLY SET OFF IN KAYAKS BEFORE A CHANGE OF HEART BROUGHT THEM BACK TO SHORE. WE ARE ONLY HERE UNTIL FRIDAY SO WE ARE TAKING OUR MOMENTS WHEN WE GET THEM. REPORTER: CORY KELLY AND HAS LIVED HERE MOST OF HIS LIFE AND DOES NOT THINK THE STORM SCARE TOO MANY VISITORS AWAY. IT SEEMS ABOUT THE SAME. REPORTER: THE ISLAND PROVIDED A FRONT ROW SEAT TO WITNESS MICHAEL’S FURY FROM A COMFORTABLE DISTANCE. TO BE IT IS VERY EXCITING TO BE ABLE TO ENJOY IT AND STILL FEEL SAFE. REPORTER: ANNA MARIA ELEMENTARY WAS CLOSED BECAUSE OF FLOODING CONCERNS AND WE ARE

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