The wind howled, with gusts that topped 40 miles an hour recorded Sunday and Monday.
The rains, sometimes in deluge form, also paid a visit, dropping several inches of rain, the amount depending on location.
And some trees were victimized, a number of pine and oak trees finding Tropical Storm Alberto their final storm, leaving property owners to the clean-up.
Indian Pass filled with water as it usually does in such storms and isolated power outages punctuated Alberto’s slow arrival and rapid departure.
But the Stump Hole rock revetment, where the county staged men and equipment, held, though wave action there over the weekend was, well, intense and overall the county was spared, once again, the most severe impacts of a tropical storm as it passed by.
Even though the county was on the wrong right side of the storm as it made landfall just west of Panama City Beach, Alberto, as has been the case for over and over, largely spared Gulf County.
“We got about what I thought we were going to get but it didn’t stay around as long as I thought it would,” said Marshall Nelson, director of Gulf County Emergency Management.
“Some tree limbs, power outages, that was about it. We haven’t gotten on the beach yet but it is a given we are going to have some erosion.”
That erosion was not as bad as it could have been, according to Dr. Pat Hardman, president of the Coastal Community Association of Gulf County.
“The winds never came from the west so it could have been much worse,” she said. “That is what eats up sand on the peninsula.”
The north end of the peninsula, as engineers have long offered, actually gained sand and Hardman added there was no loss of coastal property.
Hardman said the loss of sand was in the depth, but that dune structures were largely spared.
A cautionary note, however: the peninsula is not in a condition to absorb much more without a loss of property, an estimate the coastal engineer has been making for months as a restoration project moves, in a painfully slow process, toward fruition.
And Alberto arrived before the 2018 hurricane season even begins; the season starts Friday.
“We truly missed a bullet,” Hardman said. “I think Mother Nature should give us a break here.”