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Morning of Gustav

Gustav is upon us. Throughout the night we have endured probably a dozen tornado warnings, thunderstorms, torrential downpours, and some impressive wind, but as you can see, it is finally morning:

Check out how high the tide is! The waves are probably 12 feet tall.

You can see that it is really chewing up the dunes. If it starts to flow over, we are leaving the island.

I just feel fortunate to still have power and internet. We might take a drive to see if there is any major damage on the island. Check back later today for an update!


Hurricane Gustav Cake

While waiting to lose power out here on Pensacola Beach, we decided to make light of the evening and have a hurricane party, including our very own Hurricane Gustav Cake 2008!

Yum Yum! Hurricake!

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Gustav at High Tide

As we approach high-tide on Pensacola Beach tonight (12:21AM), the sea continues to rise. In fact, tonight it is higher than I’ve ever seen since moving down here. The waves are approaching the foot of the dunes, nearly breaking through to the houses behind. Take a look:

We’ll keep you updated so long as we have power. If the surge gets any higher we might leave the island though.

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First Waves of Gustav

We’re starting to see the outer bands of thunderstorms and winds from Gustav. This quick storm rolled in a few hours ago:

Time to come in from the beach. Red flags indicate that swimming in the Gulf is now prohibited:

We should see most of the action after midnight tonight. I’ll keep updating, so check back!


Gustav Targets New Orleans

If you’re in New Orleans, it’s probably time to leave. The latest models show that there’s a good chance of Gustav making landfall near New Orleans, although the cone of uncertainty is quite wide. Hurricane Gustav is predicted to be a category 3 hurricane when it reaches land. This isn’t good news for New Orleans, which is still recovering from Katrina. According to CNN, about 4300 people still live in FEMA trailers. I wouldn’t want to be in one of those during a category 3 hurricane.

Even though Gustav is expected to fall west of Pensacola, you better believe I’ve already been getting prepared. Unless we see a huge shift that puts Pensacola Beach far out of harm’s way, this Labor Day weekend will be spent buying supplies like water, canned goods, tarps and garbage bags. I’ll also be testing out the hurricane shutters and preparing everything I want to take off the island (car, electronics, files, etc).

If nothing else, this will be a good practice run, as we have several other contenders in the North Atlantic right now.. Tropical Storm Hanna, and Invest 97. Look at all these!

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Next up, Hurricane Gustav?

Fay has faded, but the evil looking hurricane Gustav is just getting started. The fact that this may enter the gulf as a category 3 hurricane scares me. Experts are saying that there probably won’t be enough of a cold front out of the west to turn Gustav north, which is good news for Pensacola Beach. Gustav actually tied a record yesterday, for the fastest advancement from tropical storm to category 1: It only took 16 hours.

It’s too early to tell where its going to hit, but it we know for sure that it will leave a mess in its wake.

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Disturbance 94L – It has potential

Fay is gone, but it looks as though we might have another contender: Disturbance 94L. There is no comfirmed circulation just yet, but it is a solid storm. The hurricane experts are giving this system a medium (20-50% chance) of developing into a tropical depression by Tuesday afternoon. That isn’t good news for Pensacola Beach.

For more information on 94L, visit this page:

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Fay is gone, and all is well

Fay is gone, dropping a measly .25 inches of rain on Pensacola Beach. It appears to be very difficult to forecast weather for this area, as we were expecting up to 20 inches of rain from this. My neighbors put their hurricane shutters up! But as you can see, everything is back to normal, with a bright, sunny, 84 degree day:

The gulf is a little churned up. Today is a Yellow Flag Day on Pensacola Beach:

It is a little hazy, but otherwise a nice day. Can you see the Pensacola Beach Pier in the distance?

Live music at Flounders today. Business as usual on Pensacola Beach!

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Fay Arrives at Pensacola Beach

Fay is upon us. Although you wouldn’t think so from looking out the window. It is getting windy, with winds around 30-40 mph, with gusts as high as 45 mph. But since it is coming from the northwest, it doesn’t affect the beach much:

The beach is void of people today, in all directions:

You can see how calm it is. If anything, there are small waves moving away from the shore.

Looks like we have quite the day ahead of us, be the looks of this:

Stay tuned. I’ll post updates throughout the day and weekend.

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Fay moves in to Pensacola Beach

After a few fair-weather days on Pensacola Beach, it looks like Tropical Storm Fay is finally moving in from the east.

No rain yet, but you can see the clouds approaching from the east.

Check back for updated pics of all the rain and winds!

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