Marina owners in San Leon prepare for Tropical Storm Cindy

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
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As Tropical storm Cindy continues to move closer, boaters tie up their boats to prepare.

SAN LEON, Texas (KTRK) -- In some parts of San Leon, people are boarding up their homes in preparation for Tropical Storm Cindy. But fishermen and women are heading to the marinas, making sure their boats are safe and secure.

Duc Nguyen has been a shrimper in Galveston County since the 1980s. He knows how to ride out a storm. Prepping for Cindy, Nguyen and his wife are using extra lines to tie up their boat.

Across the pier, a man who calls himself "Captain Roy" is doing the same thing.

"You have to prepare. You've just got to make sure everything is right," said Roy.

They don't anticipate things will get bad, but it's better safe than sorry.

"Just one of those things you have to deal with," said Roy. "I just hate the extra work it creates."

Inside the office at Eagle Point Fishing Camp is just as busy as the outside.

By 11 a.m. Wednesday, Eric Valentino, the marina owner, said he had answered close to 15 calls from concerned boat owners.

"The nature of the call always is: do I need to get my boat out? How high is the tide and what do we think it's going to do?" Valentino said. "At the moment, everything looks good."

Valentino says he's keeping his eye on two things: the direction of the wind and the level of the tide. Drastic changes to either of those things could cause problems.

"Always prepare. You cannot prepare enough," he said.

Now, it's watch and wait. As the storm moves closer, all eyes are on the sky.

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