Saturday, March 3, 2012

SEPT.16, 2004, HURRICANE IVAN


Hurricane Ivan, which struck U.S. shores September 16, 2004, kicked up the tallest, most extreme waves ever measured at more than 90 feet (27 meters) tall from crest to trough and 600 feet (183 meters) long, scientists with the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi, announced.
The researchers estimated the wave heights using water pressure data from undersea sensors, placed in the Gulf of Mexico for a separate project. The tallest measured wave was 91 feet (28 meters) but researchers believe they likely missed even larger waves because their sensors shut down before the most powerful region of the storm passed over them.
At it's peak intensity, Hurricane Ivan was a Category Five storm—the most powerful—with sustained winds of 161 miles an hour (259 kilometers an hour).
It struck the Gulf Coast on September 15 with 130 mile an hour (209 kilometer an hour) winds and was directly responsible for 92 deaths. But the extreme waves disintegrated in the choppy waters of the Gulf of Mexico, never making landfall.
















































































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The heaviest damage as Ivan made landfall on the U.S. coastline was observed in Baldwin County, Alabama, where the storm's eye (and eyewall) made landfall. High surf and wind brought extensive damage to Orange Beach [below before / after] near the border with Florida. There, two five-story condominium buildings were undermined to the point of collapse by Ivan's storm surge of 14 feet (4.3 m). Both were made of steel-reinforced concrete.





































 In Florida there was heavy damage as Ivan made landfall in Pensacola Beach and Pensacola. The area just west of Pensacola, including Warrington, Pensacola NAS, Perdido, Innerarity Point and Perdido Key, took the brunt of the storm. Some of the subdivisions in this part of Escambia County were completely destroyed, with a few key roads in the Perdido area only opened in late 2005, over a year after the storm hit. Perdido Key, a barrier island, bore the brunt of Ivan's winds and rain, and in many places, was essentially leveled.





































Above: The famous FloraBama Lounge...devastated but one of the first places to re-open for business!


















the landmark Eden towers remained intact
















the once clear bright aqua pool waters


now a Black Lagoon

is that a 'creature' in there?






 How do you even start to clean up a disaster like this?





























































 









NO LOOTING!
Police and National Guard preserve law and order at this check point outside the Shrimp Basket.
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COLORS SHOPPING CENTER
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DESTROYED!
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Vista de Mar...does not appear to be too badly damaged in front...but the foundations were found to be structurally unsound...
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along with massive
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interior damage so it had to be demolished









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President Bush visits Pensacola to offer...




















comfort




and support.





























STOP!
NO MORE
HURRICANES!
HURRICANES!
HURRICANES!
HURRICANES!

HURRICANES!
HURRICANES!

HURRICANES!
HURRICANES!
HURRICANES!
HURRICANES!
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  EDEN E603THE PLACE TO BEAT PERDIDO KEY!
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