Residents and evacuees relieved about Dorian's impact in Putnam County

Published: Sep. 4, 2019 at 7:00 PM EDT
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As Hurricane Dorian no longers poses a threat to North Central Florida, residents who evacuated are heading back to their homes.

One family, who evacuated from Keystone Heights to Palatka, says the storm ended up not being as bad as they thought

"The storm it wasn't really bad, it was just rain, really,” Joleen Presley, 10, said.

Joleen Presley and her family evacuated to Palatka to be ready for Hurricane Dorian, but it didn’t turn out the way they thought it would.

"I honestly thought it was going to be like Matthew or Irma and that's why we came and evacuated because we did think the storm would be super bad,” Melanie Porter, a Keystone Heights resident who works in Palatka, said.

While Dorian did not have much of an impact on the St. Johns River as expected, the family is still aware hurricane season is not over yet.

They say they are hoping everyone continues to stay prepared.

"I would probably tell them to buy a generator but if it was really bad I would probably tell them to go to a hotel or a school,” Raseberrie Porter, 11, said.

Shelters in Putnam County have closed.

Emergency officials told TV20 that once people saw a lack of activity from Hurricane Dorian, they began to head home.

Putnam County saw flooding, but no homes were impacted.

Mandatory evacuations have been lifted.

County administration building and schools will be closed Thursday as they prepare for them to reopen Friday.

Officials said that while Hurricane Dorian didn't have much impact, they caution the public to be vigilant during the remainder of the hurricane season.

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