Hurricane Irene on a Florida Beach

The first hurricane threat of the season, Irene, luckily stayed offshore of the east coast of Florida. Not so fortunate were Puerto Rico, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Bahamas and Turks and Caicos islands. Ahead of us, there is an extraordinary threat from North Carolina to the mid-Atlantic to the Northeast and New England. This includes Norfolk, Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, Hartford, and Boston. I hope everybody stays safe over there. As I was saying, luckily for us, it was not that bad. Not bad at all. One day before the hurricane arrived at its closest point of where we live, we enjoyed a morning at the beach. As commonly said, the calm before the storm was totally true and the weather was enjoyable with a fine breeze, although the waves were already pretty strong.

The morning after, this is what the ocean looked like at eight o’clock in the morning.

Still fine, but around 5:30 pm, when it was high tide, the sand was nowhere to see anymore. At this point, Irene was a category 3 with winds of 115 mph at about 200 miles off the Florida coast. The seagulls and pelicans were having a hard time trying to fly against the wind.

Around the magic hour the hurricane was at its closest point, at 197 miles from our location, still a category 3. The sky turned into a beautiful blue shade that this iPhone picture doesn’t give it justice. The rain was scarce but winds blew hard. Fortunately, without any threat level.

And then we have today. Beautiful beach day, with a nice refreshing wind. It’s actually a great weather around here. Finally, I was able to take “real” pictures since the hubs had returned from his business trip and brought the camera back. While we were here following closely the path of this hurricane, he was dealing with an earthquake in Virginia that hit the Washington DC area where he was located. Actually, he was on a tour bus at the time and didn’t even feel it. Ah!

Here at the beach, the surfers are having a blast. Big waves like these doesn’t show up frequently around this parts.

So it seems. I could have taken hundreds of pictures of surfers riding the waves. All day long.

Yes, we were very fortunate that hurricane Irene stayed offshore. For us, probably the biggest problem is the beach erosion. But I’m pretty sure all that people at the beach don’t consider high waves an issue. It’s just a big day for surf.

While I was searching everything about hurricanes to be aware of all possible threats, I found these valuable sites with helpful information. We never know when we’ll need it again.

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5 Responses to Hurricane Irene on a Florida Beach

  1. Great post. We here in NC and SC did pretty well. We are pretty far inland so we just had wind and rain. Our NC coast did not fair as well. Sad.

    • I’m glad you were not on the coast. They still facing the problems the hurricane brought.

  2. Amazing pictures of the ocean & the surfers, but good to know that you stay safe in Florida.

  3. Thank you Reese. Fortunately for us the wind was actually nice.

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