Florida Glass Companies Prepare for Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael, currently a Category 2 storm, is headed for the Florida panhandle and expected to make landfall Wednesday. Several glass companies in the area are closed due to mandatory evacuations while others are preparing for the storm.

McLeod’s Glass & Supply in Panama City, Fla., will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday and hopes to reopen at the end of the week.

Miller Glass in Tallahassee, Fla., isn’t located in an evacuation zone, but will close Wednesday so employees can stay safe during the storm. According to Adam Jones, residential project manager at Miller Glass, the company plans to reopen Thursday, but is playing it by ear.

“At this point we’re preparing the generator and making sure we have back-up power,” he says. “Several customers have called trying to get things boarded up. It’s moved so quickly that there has not been a whole lot of time to prepare.”

Jones says the company is tidying up its current projects while taking into consideration employees who need to board up their own homes and customers who could be impacted by storm damage. Miller Glass has postponed some of its jobs closer to the coast.

“We have a wide service area that goes down to coastal communities like Apalachicola and St. Marks,” says Jones. “We’ll do our best to accommodate them. We don’t know what kind of damage there will be and how severe it will be.”

The National Hurricane Center reports that the storm is still strengthening and expects Hurricane Michael to become a major hurricane before making landfall. Hurricane-force winds, storm surges and heavy rainfall are expected in the Northeastern Gulf Coast.

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