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Storm threat, business remains normal
OKALOOSA COUNTY -- Okaloosa County put one shelter on standby and partially activated its emergency operations center. Again... No mandatory evacuations have been issued.
It's a relaxed atmosphere on Okaloosa Island. There are plenty of beach goers and a few people enjoying a nice breeze on the boardwalk; with volleyball players gearing up for the emerald coast volleyball classic this weekend.
"As far as business, Floyd's will be open... The boardwalk will be normal running business, said Chris Cassidy Floyds Shrimp House manager.
Cassidy said the tournament is a big money maker for Okaloosa Island. Theyre not making too many adjustments. If the wind picks up, they'll remove outdoor furniture and close the outdoor seating area. But other than that, it's business as usual.
"You know, roll with the punches and see how things go.... We'll move on from there," Cassidy said.
There are about 180 teams competing in the tournament. Players from all over the country came down to play.
Amanda Youell said, "I'm from Florida. I'm from Jacksonville. It rains every day there at noon so playing in the rain is not a big deal."
The tournament will be put on pause only if there's lightning. The only thing these players are concerned with is how the storm will affect their game.
"We have some good passers but throw in some wind it'll mess up our offensive sequence. So we really have to pass well."
The tournament will last until Sunday. As far as beach access, the beaches will be flying a double red flag, meaning no one will be allowed in the water.