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From Key Largo to Key West, Barely Any Evidence of Isaac

Some residents and tourists prepared for Isaac, while others went about business as usual

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    There was barely any evidence that Tropical Storm Isaac had come through Key Largo on Sunday. Robby Whitehurst from the Caribbean Club restaurant, Key Largo resident Michele Kosiek, Kevin Levan and Pennsylvania tourist Evelyn Fleury talk about Isaac. (Published Sunday, Aug 26, 2012)

    From Key Largo to Key West, there was barely any evidence that Tropical Storm Isaac had barreled past the area on Sunday.

    Robby Whitehurst from the local restaurant Caribbean Club said there was no panic.

    Wet and Windy Weekend in Marathon

    [MI] Wet and Windy Weekend in Marathon
    Residents in Marathon prepared for Isaac as they would any other big storm, and dozens of shops were shuttered on the city's Overseas Highway. But in the end what they got was just a wet and very windy weekend. "There's no such thing as a small storm, big storm. Every storm poses some sort of a danger," Monroe County Emergency Management Director Irene Toner said. "So to think, 'Oh, it's only Cat 1,' or 'It's only a tropical storm' is really not the way to look at it, because Mother Nature is unpredictable - as the storm turned out to be unpredictable." Nashville native Michael Hall took refuge from the storm at a shelter. (Published Sunday, Aug 26, 2012)

    "Everybody was safe. We didn't have any mishaps. We didn't have any sunken boats, sunken cars, sunken trucks, everything worked out real well," he said.

    Key Largo resident Michele Kosiek said she put up her shutters just in case.

    Pine Tree Crashes on Unoccupied Home's Staircase

    [MI] Pine Tree Crashes on Unoccupied Home's Staircase on Big Pine Key
    After a Norfolk Island pine tree crashed down on a staircase on Big Pine Key Sunday, neighbors came together to cut up the tree and free a car trapped in the carport. Joe Francis and Jason Cadwell recount what happened. Further north, Andrew Hunt and his friends had a blast hydrasliding in Marathon. (Published Monday, Aug 27, 2012)

    "You never know. We shuttered everything down that we needed to and just waited to see what would happen," she said.

    But restaurant owner Kevin Levan stayed open on Sunday.

    Wet Day in Key West, But Isaac Passes By With Little Impact

    [MI] Wet Day in Key West, But Isaac Passes By With Little Impact
    It could have been worse in Key West Sunday, where Tropical Storm Isaac slipped past with little impact and a minimum of drama. With little in the way of damage, save some routine flooding in usual locations, there should not be much in the way of a cleanup. (Published Sunday, Aug 26, 2012)

    "It was more of, I don't know how you would say it, like, an excitement because you didn't know what to come of it. What would actually happen," he said.

    Meanwhile, tourist Evelyn Fleury from Pennsylvania said she and her sister put up shutters too.

    Isaac Brings Rough Waters to South Beach

    [MI] Isaac Brings Rough Waters to South Beach
    Some residents were hitting the water as Isaac began pounding on South Florida. Other tourists were trying to get home. NBC 6's Christina Hernandez tells us more. (Published Sunday, Aug 26, 2012)

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    But in Marathon, Mike Savinelli opened his restaurant called Hurricane Bar and Grill at 6 p.m.

    "Right after I saw the advisory, I knew most of the storm had gone past us," he said. "No, I don't think it was a nuisance. You have to be ready and prepared for anything."

    Residents in Marathon prepared for Isaac as they would any other big storm, and dozens of shops were shuttered on the city’s Overseas Highway. But in the end what they got was just a wet and very windy weekend.

    “There’s no such thing as a small storm, big storm. Every storm poses some sort of a danger,” Monroe County Emergency Management Director Irene Toner said. “So to think, ‘Oh, it’s only Cat 1,’ or ‘It’s only a tropical storm’ is really not the way to look at it, because Mother Nature is unpredictable – as the storm turned out to be unpredictable.”

    In Big Pine Key, a Norfolk Island pine fell on an unoccupied home's staircase.

    "Well it was a pretty good thump ... Heard ka-thump ... And there it was," said Joe Francis.

    Gov. Rick Scott talks about Isaac

    Down in Key West, Bryan Paul, who works at Captain Tony's, said he thought the media coverage of Isaac was overblown.

    "Hopefully the next weekend will be awesome. Everybody should come back," he said at the historic bar. "It’s just kind of windy, a little wet. It’s no big deal."

    With little in the way of damage, save some routine flooding in usual locations, there should not be much in the way of a cleanup.