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Trump declares major disaster for 5 south Alabama counties due to Hurricane Nate | AL.com

November 17, 2017

Five Alabama counties will receive federal assistance after President Donald Trump declared a major disaster exist in the state as a result of Hurricane Nate on Thursday.

Gov. Kay Ivey made the major disaster request on Oct. 30, a little more than three weeks after the hurricane brought storm surges of 5 1/2 to 6 feet above normal tide in Mobile County. Structures, piers, roads and bridges were also damaged. The major disaster declaration includes Baldwin, Choctaw, Clarke, Mobile and Washington counties.

via Trump declares major disaster for 5 south Alabama counties due to Hurricane Nate | AL.com.

Across Baldwin County, different cities saw a range of mother nature’s wrath Sunday | WPMI

October 23, 2017

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — From emergency warnings and funnel cloud sightings in Foley to communities overflowing in Loxley, Baldwin county residents say they’re shocked by Sunday’s storms.

“The skies turned black and it was nervewracking and my poor little dog was having a fit,” Foley resident Tonya Turner said.

via Across Baldwin County, different cities saw a range of mother nature’s wrath Sunday | WPMI.

River Flooding Impacting Baldwin County | WKRG

October 23, 2017

The rain on Sunday could bring more troubles today.  Rivers are expected to rise around Baldwin County and parts of northwest Florida.

Near the intersection of Honey Road and Honey Road Extension in the Marlow community, we’re seeing some flooding.  I had to move my car back 20 feet in the last ten minutes. Flood water from a very swollen Fish River is running over the road.  This may get worse as we go on throughout the day.  Early this morning the National Weather Service issued an advisory for Perdido River near Barrineau Park that will be affecting Baldwin and Escambia Counties.

via River Flooding Impacting Baldwin County | WKRG.

Sunday Storms – FOX10 News | WALA

October 22, 2017

A front approaching Sunday will bring us some stormy weather. The Storm Prediction Center has placed the central Gulf Coast in a Marginal risk zone for severe weather. That’s the lowest level of risk, it means we have around a 5% chance of getting a storm that reaches severe levels. The main threat will be gusty winds and heavy rain that could lead to some street flooding. If you have plans for your Sunday, try to wrap things up early because the line of heavy rain and thunderstorms is expected later in the day (picture posted is of the FutureCast at 7pm), keep in mind though there will be scattered showers out ahead of the main line earlier on.

via Sunday Storms – FOX10 News | WALA.

Chesney, Flora-Bama team for Virgin Islands

October 17, 2017

Flora-Bama owner John McInnis heads back to the U.S. Virgin Islands on Wednesday, but it’s not for vacation.

McInnis, 39, has traveled to the Virgin Islands every week since Hurricane Irma devastated the area in early September. McInnis teamed with his friend, country superstar Kenny Chesney, to deliver disaster relief to residents of St. John, the smallest of the three main Virgin Islands — St. John, St. Croix and St. Thomas.

via Chesney, Flora-Bama team for Virgin Islands.

Hurricane Nate Cleanup Begins on West Beach in Gulf Shores, Wednesday | WKRG

October 17, 2017

Hurricane Nate on West Beach

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WKRG) — A week after the storm is just enough time for storm debris from the rivers and bays to wash up on the beach.

For as far as the eye can see, pieces of what Hurricane Nate washed away has washed up on West Beach in Gulf Shores.

via Hurricane Nate Cleanup Begins on West Beach in Gulf Shores, Wednesday | WKRG.

How Kenny Chesney is Saving St. John – News of St. John

October 16, 2017

“Kenny sent his plane down immediately, right after the wind stopped blowing” John McInnis told me last week as we sat on a 50 passenger relief plane which was headed to St. John stocked with generators, internet equipment, rakes, shovels and a host of other cleanup equipment. John is heading up Kenny’s Love for Love City Foundation, an organization benefiting Hurricane Irma disaster relief. He is also the owner of the popular Flora-Bama beach bar, a bar Kenny sung about on his The Big Revival album. (The McInnis family knows a thing about disaster recovery as they were instrumental in the cleanup and rebuilding efforts of Hurricane Ivan, Hurricane Katrina, and the BP oil spill.) “We loaded that initial plane with key personnel and supplies and flew it to St. Croix. Those people and supplies were taken by private helicopter directly to St. John.”

via How Kenny Chesney is Saving St. John – News of St. John.

Shrimp Festival goers battle blazing October heat | AL.com

October 14, 2017

The temperature registered 86 degrees but had a feel-like temp of 95 degrees by 1 p.m. at the 46th annual National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores on Friday, Oct. 13, 2017. The second day of the four-day festival yards from the Gulf of Mexico drew thousands of people looking for respite from the unseasonably blistering October heat that broke records on Thursday.

via Shrimp Festival goers battle blazing October heat | AL.com.

UPDATE: Perdido Key area to fully reopen on October 13th | WEAR

October 13, 2017

According to an official news release, National Park Service officials will reopen the Perdido Key Area on Friday, October 13, at 5:00 am. The area joins the Fort Barrancas, Naval Live Oaks, and Okaloosa Areas in returning to normal operations following Hurricane Nate. Restrooms and pavilions will be open, and entrance fees will be required for visitors to the area.

via UPDATE: Perdido Key area to fully reopen on October 13th | WEAR.

Nate’s damage was all about surge and waves; see destruction on bay | AL.com

October 13, 2017

The damage from Hurricane Nate proves a critical point for anyone planning to ride out a storm in the future: the waves and surge are by far the most destructive component of a hurricane.

Up and down Mobile Bay, most of the damage was to piers. Many were totally destroyed. And most often, the homes on shore, just 100 feet away, appeared to be completely undamaged.

via Nate’s damage was all about surge and waves; see destruction on bay | AL.com.

Hurricane Nate Causes Some Problems for Baldwin County Coast | WKRG

October 10, 2017

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WKRG) — Hurricane Nate caused some damage along the coast. One of those spots was at the Gulf State Pier.

Deck panels weighing around 500 pounds each were blown out by waves that crashed onto the pier. While state park officials were able to remove some of the panels before Hurricane Nate, it wasn’t nearly enough. Railings were also ripped and twisted away. The most damage was on the end of the pier, past the midway point.

via Hurricane Nate Causes Some Problems for Baldwin County Coast | WKRG.

Dauphin Island’s Guardian Angel? What do You See in this After Nate Photo? | WKRG

October 10, 2017

Dauphin Island, AL (WKRG) – A simple photo of the sand is causing a stir and providing inspiration after Hurricane Nate on Dauphin Island. Mandy Johnson took the photo at the public beach in the aftermath of Hurricane Nate. Johnson says the image made her feel “that we all were being watched over. It could have been a lot worse but we had a guardian angel watching over all of us.”

via Dauphin Island’s Guardian Angel? What do You See in this After Nate Photo? | WKRG.

Gulf State Park Pier Closed Due to Significant Nate Damage | WKRG

October 10, 2017

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WKRG) – The popular Gulf State Park Pier is closed indefinitely while crews work to repair what Hurricane Nate destroyed.

The timetable for repairs is unclear. Optimists are hoping by Wednesday but park officials say it won’t open until they are certain repairs are complete and it is safe.

via Gulf State Park Pier Closed Due to Significant Nate Damage | WKRG.

Young Dolphin Found Stranded On Okaloosa Island | WKRG

October 10, 2017

OKALOOSA COUNTY, FL (WKRG) – Marine life experts are caring for a bottlenose dolphin that was found stranded on Okaloosa Island.

Gulf World Marine Institute and Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge rescued the 1-year-old female Sunday afternoon. Two beachgoers on Okaloosa Island had reported the beached dolphin to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission.

via Young Dolphin Found Stranded On Okaloosa Island | WKRG.

20 foot waves during Hurricane Nate damage Gulf State Pier, Meaher Park | AL.com

October 10, 2017

Though Hurricane Nate came ashore more than 60 miles away, its waves were tall enough when they hit the beach in Gulf Shores that they knocked much of the decking loose from the Gulf State Pier, which is 20 feet above the water.

A data buoy 12 miles south of Gulf Shores, NOAA sea buoy 42012, recorded an average wave height of 16 feet during the storm, however, that means the buoy likely saw waves in excess of 30 feet tall. The way the buoys calculate wave height means some waves may be twice as tall as the average, according to NOAA. Those giant waves, coupled with the storm surge, would have been large enough to lift the panels from the pier.

via 20 foot waves during Hurricane Nate damage Gulf State Pier, Meaher Park | AL.com.

Alabama beaches suffer little impact from Nate

October 09, 2017

As Hurricane Nate impacted the northern Gulf Coast Oct. 7-8, Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism (GSOBT) has the following area update for guests visiting in the coming days or months.

“We have been in constant communication with both local cities and the county emergency management agency, and we are thankful to be able to relay to our guests that our beach communities only received minimal impact from Hurricane Nate, and we stand ready to welcome guests to our 32 miles of white-sand beaches,” said Joanie Flynn, vice president of marketing for GSOBT. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those neighbors in other Gulf-front states who were impacted by the tropical system.”

via Alabama beaches suffer little impact from Nate.

Baldwin County fairs well after Hurricane Nate | WPMI

October 09, 2017

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WPMI) — Baldwin County waking up to little damage from Nate. Officials praising everyone for heeding all warnings and helping out by following

curfews. The County’s Shelter at the Coliseum in Robertsdale housed 111 people last night.

In Gulf Shores officials here are now planning for the upcoming Shrimp Festival.

via Baldwin County fairs well after Hurricane Nate | WPMI.

Some Hurricane Damage in Daphne, Fairhope After Nate Blows Through | WKRG

October 09, 2017

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) — Baldwin County residents waking up to minimal damage Sunday morning. Damage was not as widespread as in other areas of the gulf.

Spanish Fort saw residential damage along Highway 31 when a hard wind knocked over this fence around two in the morning. Charles Abercrombie lives right next to it.

“I’m thankful it wasn’t worse, but yeah it was scary. Like I said, I’ve never experienced anything like that before. And so, all I could hear was just wind blowing,” says Abercrombie.

via Some Hurricane Damage in Daphne, Fairhope After Nate Blows Through | WKRG.

Mayor reports ‘significant flooding’ on Dauphin Island | WEAR

October 08, 2017

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (WEAR) — Water has entered homes, vehicles and significant flooding has been reported throughout Dauphin Island, according to Mayor Jeff Collier.

“Significant flooding throughout Dauphin Island. Water reported in homes and vehicles although water level seems to be dropping in the past hour. Everybody stay safe,” Mayor Collier wrote on his Facebok page.

via Mayor reports ‘significant flooding’ on Dauphin Island | WEAR.

Hurricane Nate aftermath: Light damage seen as storm passes | AL.com

October 08, 2017

According to information released at about 7 a.m. Sunday by Mobile County, Hurricane Nate generally brought light damage to roads throughout Mobile County, though a few remained closed.

Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson, meanwhile, said that he had seen “amazingly little damage” during a tour of Mobile Sunday morning. “I think we’re blessed,” he said.

via Hurricane Nate aftermath: Light damage seen as storm passes | AL.com.

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