The first cop had apparantly just arrived as we did, responding "the bridges arent there" when I said "i take it the bridges are closed" I almost couldnt beleive that a major highway bridge like that could be taken out. Now we see a truck dangling off the bridge on the news. nah.... couldnt be the one we were following. No one could hit that gap in daylight, could they?
im really tired and i'll post a more detailed report later, hopefully a video capture or two in a few days
Good morning All,
Feels great to be back here in South FL after running around in the AL / FL panhandle. First of all, it was myself (www.sky-chaser.com), Jim Edds (www.extremestorms.com), and Doug Kiesling (www.bnvn.com). Doug and Jim chased with me but remained in Mobile, AL during the landfall as I myself positioned closer to the right-side of the most dangerous part of the eyewall in Fairhope, AL at Thomas Hospital (a re-inforced building). The 130-MPH winds made the same "freight-train sound" I heard a month ago in Punta Gorda intercepting Charley. Shook the ground, your chest, and your self-respect as well. Measured entire pressure fall from 995 MB as it bottomed out at 943 MB in the calm of the eye, which lasted about an hour. Looking up, you saw stars peeking through, got still and quiet, even seagulls were hovering, trapped in the still air. The quiet sound in the eye actually had a low rumble to it in the distance (maybe the eyewall tearing stuff up a few miles away around me?) I even saw flashing strobes from a plane briefly (gotta be the hurricane hunters at 10,000 feet)! This was all while CONSTANTLY having to clear my ears as they popped. The calm was replaced by 100 MPH WNW winds and the pressure began rising again, so I waited / slept and waited until I saw 985 MB and winds less than 80 MPH to return to Mobile, as you could imagine, which was a long tree-blocked path. Storm surge footage before and after the storm was awesome!
Pictures available in large format at the link below ...
later to be replaced by this link ...
I guess I should tell the hurricane season 2004 to "bring it on", only to have it tell me "i'ts already been brought"!!
Chris Collura - KG4PJN
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