Starting a report thread for those who experienced Frances firsthand.
Originally posted by Niki Darnaby
Simon Brewer, Joel Taylor, Reed Timmer, and I captured incredible footage of hurricane Frances from within the eye-wall east of Stuart, FL on Hutchison Island. A house on the beach was being battered by waves from the storm surge and winds gusted over 100 mph. Spent two nights in a small rental car and our BO was horrible. Fortunately for the locals, it wasn't quite a Cat 4. The video will be posted on www.tornadovideos.net in a few days.
Originally posted by Douglas Kiesling+--><div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(Douglas Kiesling)</div>Currently we are in Fort Pierce Beach watching the trailer park go bye bye.
But getting to reposition back to the main land before the surge cuts us off.
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Posted 9/6/04 11:01pm in Weather & Chasing:
Just A quick post since this is the first time we have been able to get on line in almost 2 days. Had to pay someone $100 for gas in
Okeechobee, and now the phone and internet are working but life is coming back to normal slowly. But the Weathervine and BNVN crew are still alive after chasing Hurricane Frances on Hutchinson Island, East Of Fort Pierce Fl.
What did we see? Lots, we stayed out on the island in the eye wall well after dark and watch roofs fly off the trailer park, insane storm surge and just all around the worst, or best of hurricane frances. All on video and photos. Best video out there since we were the ONLY ones out there. Everyone else took off way too early and with the slow moving storm, we were in the eye wall for \"HOURS\"!!! We were in the eye wall for so long, we started playing cards and taking bets on which roof would go next. I must say I only broke even on that one but Foster cleaned up... But he will need it to repair his truck... But thats a different story because we have yet to find his truck...
Working on the web page update now but here are some teaser photos. I will post a 20+ minute video as soon as I can get back on high speed internet.
Anyways, here are some teaser photos.
Here is me trying to play super man.
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Here is Chris shooting video and right after a big piece of something flew by him and looking to see what was coming next.
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Here is Jason with his Meso Net... If anyone see's this truck in the water with the sunken boats... or maybe an inpound lot if he is lucky, please let us know... Debris hit the front end of the truck and busted his belt and killed all his power so we had to leave it behind.
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Jim Edds trying to do a hand stand in the hurricane winds...
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And last but not least, Jeff and I with a lot of wind blowing the trees, asphalt, rocks, fish, and what ever else there was out there (Jasons Truck) around...
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All in all it was another great storm chase for the BNVN and Weathervine crews.