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Residents, businesses, boat owners slammed by Hurricane Hermine in Taylor County

Posted: 7:38 PM, Sep 02, 2016
Updated: 2016-09-03 02:10:23Z
Taylor County residents slammed by Hermine

Folks in the city of Steinhatchee, just west of Gainesville, continue to clean up after Hurricane Hermine rolled through.

The storm impacting residents and business owners as well.
 
One shipping office in Steinhatchee, specializing in online sales, was gutted by Hurricane Hermine.
 
“There was at least $400,000 of product in this building alone,” said employee Dana Lamb, who walked us through one of the storage sheds.
 
She tells us they did heed the warning, making preparations Thursday, but it wasn't enough. 
 
“We were trying to empty out our warehouses and stuff,” Lamb says. “But the water got all the way up into the store, so they're really not much you could do.” 
 
In fact, not many in this town of just over 1,000 could escape Hermine's wrath. 

The wind ripped up trailers, re-located docks, and spread debris everywhere.
 
“The wind was horrendous,” Lamb says. “But on this end of town it was just the water. The surge of the water was so bad.”
 
That surge leading to a flood of uncertainty. 

“Do the best we can, salvage what we can, and hopefully we have a job,” says her co-worker Carol Davis.
 
With Florida's first hurricane more than a decade come and gone, that feeling of hope comes coupled with a feeling of utter helplessness. 
 
“Everything in the store is wet. Trying to get it out, dry it out...I don't even know what to do with it,” Lamb says.

“We're just kinda lost,” Davis added. “We don't know where to go, what to do.”