A Florida woman rode out Hurricanes Matthew and Irma on her 58-foot houseboat at a Julington Creek marina and plans to do the same during Dorian. She has a long to-do list on how to protect her boat, depending on the wind and storm surge she encounters.

About 11:30 a.m. Monday, Missy Durham was tying up her houseboat tight at Mandarin Holiday Marina on Julington Creek.

That’s where she lives and where she, along with a friend, planned to be during Hurricane Dorian.

Lots of other Jacksonville-area folks were leaving town to avoid the storm. Durham was staying put to protect her belongings, primarily the $80,000, 58-foot Livaliddle.

“This is my home,” she said. “As long as I can be there, I can take care of it.”

Durham also rode out Hurricanes Matthew and Irma on her houseboat. During Matthew, she had just bought the boat and woke up to the storm “beating me into the dock,” she said. “A little terrifying.”

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She has a few years and storms under her belt now. In her head, she has multiple scenarios of what to do if she encounters high winds or storm surge or both, to avoid damage from the dock or pilings. Worse comes to worse, she said she will drift the houseboat further out in the water and drop her four heavy anchors.

But even away from the dock and pilings, she may have debris and even other boats to contend with, she said.

Dorian, because of its strength and particularly unpredictable path, has Durham a bit nervous.

“It’s a big boat, like a trailer on water. Not aerodynamic. The wind is not going to blow over the top,” she said. “This one scares me more than the others.”

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