Destin area escapes unscathed from Tropical Storm Claudette

Tina Harbuck
The Destin Log

Although the Emerald Coast experienced a lot of wind and rain, there was no damage to report for the Destin area from Tropical Storm Claudette. 

“Thankfully, no impacts to the city from the storm,” Catherine Card, the city's public information officer said in an email Monday morning. 

Visitors take pictures with the rough surf at the Okaloosa Island Fishing Pier as the outer bands of Tropical Storm Claudette brought high surf, gusty winds, and sporadic heavy rains..

Claudette made landfall in southeast Louisiana just before 7 a.m. Saturday as heavy rains and tropical storm-force winds continued along parts of the northern Gulf Coast, forcing cancellations and rescheduling of events. 

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The Food Truck Festival scheduled for Sunday at the Mattie Kelly Cultural Arts Village off Commons Drive has been rescheduled for June 27 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. More than 20 food trucks will gather at the village to sell a smorgasbord of good eats and treats. 

Destin's water system fared well through Claudette as well. 

“We had no issues whatsoever,” Lockwood Wernet, general manager for Destin Water Users, said Monday morning. “We’re always worried when something brews up … but we had no operational issues whatsoever. 

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“I hope the rest of the summer goes the same way,” Wernet added. 

On Monday morning, Claudette had maximum sustained winds of 40 mph, according to a National Hurricane Center advisory. The storm was located 65 miles east-southeast of Raleigh, North Carolina, and moving east-northeast at 25 mph.