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Heavy rains moving through the coast this morning. Temps continue to reach the lower 90's this afternoon. Little change in the forecast through the rest of the week. Tropical Storm Dolly has formed and is moving west towards Mexico. No threat to the U.S. at this time.
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Hurricane season preparations
CRYSTAL BEACH- by Haley Bull
Are you prepared for a hurricane? The season begins June 1 and lasts until the end of November.
Families at Crystal Beach remember one that wiped out most of the homes on the Bolivar Peninsula, Hurricane Ike in 2008.
"It was just so hard to tell where you were coming back down the beach. It was just amazing, all the destruction," Crystal Beach resident Georgia Maples said.
The destruction is hard to spot years later, except by a plaque marking how high the water rose in George Strong's house.
"My house did survive," Strong said. "It was the only house for about seven blocks that was actually here after the hurricane."
More than 4,000 new homes have been built since then according to one home builder, but there are a few new, required guidelines.
"The building codes have gotten a little more stringent," Wes Weisinger said. He's a home owner and builder. He's constructing two spec homes next to his own. "Really if you do it right, building a beach house, you won't have any problems."
"I think with bigger, better, higher, newer houses, we'll be able to withstand some type of storm," Anne Willis said. She's the vice president of the Port Bolivar Chamber of Commerce.
"Ike taught us that you're not gonna have very much time a lot of the time so to be ready," Willis said.
Willis said that includes checking your insurance and making sure your house is prepared.
The American Red Cross also offers some tips. They include stocking disaster supplies, creating an evacuation plan, knowing your community's response plan, making sure your pets are cared for and following evacuation routes.
While the gulf is calm Thursday afternoon, you never know if or when a storm will once again roll in from the gulf.