WELLINGTON, Fla. — Wellington village workers started early Thursday morning with boarding up the 9/11 memorial in front of Village Hall and removing the awning over the amphitheater in preparation of Hurricane Dorian.
It was just part of the many things happening in anticipation of the storm coming close to this village of over 60,000 people.
"We have lowered our canal water levels, we've checked every structure in the village, our pump system has been checked, we're cleaning inlets and will do that right up until the wind speeds hit 40 mph," says village manager Paul Schofield.
Generators have also been placed around the village to pump wastewater and water pressure has been slowed to allow the village to conserve drinking water.
Meanwhile, gas stations and stores in Wellington continued with lines of customers.
Schofield says residents still have Friday and Saturday to prepare their homes and stock up on supplies.
"I'm really worried about residents panicking and they shouldn’t,” he says.