Floridians Keep a Wary Eye on Alberto

ST. PETE BEACH -

The threat of the Atlantic hurricane season's first named storm didn't keep Renee LaFace from spending her Sunday at St. Pete Beach - although the rough surf and blustery winds were clear signs of Alberto's presence in the Gulf.

LaFACE: Here we go again. Ten days after hurricane season... It's all right. We'll survive.

The Haines City resident just moved to Florida from Michigan a few years ago,as did her friend Lisa Lefferts - who had just moved into her brand new house when Hurricane Charley hit in August 2004.

LEFFERTS: The first one, we were stupid. And then we looked out the window and we saw a bath tub down the street. So, the second one, we just put boards up.

Both Polk County residents said they are more prepared this hurricane season and less likely to count on government agencies for help should a storm hit.

To read the latest developments on Alberto, visit the National Weather Service's web site by clicking here.

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