As Hurricane Michael was closing in on landfall in the Florida Panhandle, Anna Maria Island was seeing signs the hurricane was moving through the Gulf of Mexico.
Manatee County is under a storm surge and tropical storm watch, and Anna Maria Elementary school was closed Wednesday.
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From Coquina Beach to Anna Maria beaches, large waves crashed and drew close to the dunes lining the edge of the beaches and gusting winds whipped hats from heads.
A few people stopped by the beaches early Wednesday to take pictures of the unusually large waves.
Overnight and early-morning rain left puddles and a few troublesome areas on the island, but most roads were passable.
Hurricane Michael is a Category 4 storm and is expected to make landfall Wednesday afternoon. Tropical storm winds reach 185 miles from Michael’s center.