Some great comparisons and such from our posters. And we finally get to see awesome videos and data streams that were not possible just 15 or 20 years ago. Gotta love it.
The biggest things apparent to this old vet have been pointed out, I know enuf about weather and such from my pilot days, and looks like we learn more each time a storm gets close and with the NOAA storm birds. Thern personal encounters, heh heh.
The tree bark phenomena is new to me, and I have seen post-Camille, post-tornadic of Katrina and first hand Opal damage. My best recollection when driving to Gulport a month or so after Camille hit is of the dirth of leaves in the trees as you approach impact zone. Then branches missing. Then the broken trees. Finally uprooted trees or what looks like giant toothpicks stuck in the ground. almost 50 years later, I drive the same roads and you would never know...... So our good Earth recovers, and so do we. The glass is half full.
I agree that this storm resembles Camille, but if you look at the pics from the Katrina surge study and tour, you will see much more continuous strings of empty lots that have pipes sticking outta the slab, and stilts with nothing on the top. Much more like Andrew, so that sucker musta had REAL WIND!! Katrina was much more water and a decent Cat 2 to cat 3 wind.
I shall not argue with the folks claiming apocalypse and such unless they have visited post-Camille, post-Katrina, post-Ivan, post-Opal and so forth. My son rebuilt a Kmart in Homestead and can verify many of the war stories.
I rented in Mexico Beach for a few months, as I have said. It was long ago, and most places were built to 1950 standards outta concrete blocks. We then had Eloise in 1975 and Kate ( clone of Michael's path) in 1985, and some weak tropical storms. So I would estimate that over half of all the structures in Mexico Beach that existed a week ago were built to much higher standards. I also note that many were on the north side of the highway, unlike the 400 or 500 places we had in 1966 that were all right on the water. We had no marina then, so that canal was cut after we moved to where the Air Force sent us and EPA, USF&W and all the alphabet agencies were not around to keep the folks from cutting a channel from a small tidal drainage to the Gulf! LOL. In fact, we had no waterfront dining to speak of, so drove a few miles to St Joe.
Mexico Beach will come back and be stronger than before. Just like Gulfport, Pass Christian, Perdido Key and all the other places that folks want to be and they will take their chances.
Markalot asked about me helping.
Can't do it anymore. But two doors down the father and son have been there since early Thursday morning. They are 20 to 50 years younger and I like their attitude.
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