Category Archives: Weather

Fast-moving storm leaves over 3,000 without power in Baldwin County | AL.com

July 01, 2015

A strong thunderstorm with winds gusting up to 50 mph pushed through Baldwin County around 2 p.m. Tuesday causing power outages.

As the storm pushed down from north Baldwin County, Riviera Utilities reported over 1,000 customers without power.

Just before 2 p.m. the National Weather Service in Mobile reported that wind gusts of 48 mph were recorded in Loxley.

via Fast-moving storm leaves over 3,000 without power in Baldwin County | AL.com.

Day in the life: what goes into beach patrol when the rip curren – FOX10 News | WALA

June 17, 2015

A tropical disturbance heading toward the coast of Texas is having an impact on beaches in Alabama, causing a high risk of rip currents.

Between 15 and 20 rescues were made over the weekend according to beach safety officials. One beachgoer who frequents Orange Beach said he was concerned about the number of kids venturing out into the water on Monday.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Day in the life: what goes into beach patrol when the rip curren – FOX10 News | WALA.

Ft. Morgan Beaches: Swim At Your Own Risk | WKRG

June 17, 2015

FORT MORGAN, AL– The Fort Morgan peninsula is a popular beach destination for families wanting to enjoy a “peaceful” vacation. Fewer crowds, less traffic and minimal hassles are a bonus, but those perks come with a price.

While both Orange Beach and Gulf Shores use lifeguards in the spring and summer, Fort Morgan beaches have never been patrolled or guarded.

via Ft. Morgan Beaches: Swim At Your Own Risk | WKRG.

Rip Currents, the “Danger” in ” Dangerous Surf” | WKRG

June 17, 2015

ORANGE BEACH, AL  How do you spot a rip current? “I don’t know how to recognize them,” says Laura Walker visiting Orange Beach from Mississippi.

If you don’t know, you are not alone. It can be confusing. “I think they kind of look like two coming together and one going back. Is that correct?” asks Walker.

via Rip Currents, the “Danger” in ” Dangerous Surf” | WKRG.

17 traditions that help make hurricanes more tolerable, from people who know | AL.com

June 02, 2015

Whether a storm is out in the Gulf, or whether it’s already wreaked havoc, Coastal Alabama residents know what to do to weather a storm.

We asked readers to share their hurricane traditions with us, and here’s what we learned about the ways we prepare for tropical weather and deal with the aftermath.

via 17 traditions that help make hurricanes more tolerable, from people who know | AL.com.

What’s your favorite hurricane advice? Share it with fellow AL.com readers | AL.com

June 02, 2015

For months after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Gulf Coast, a relative of mine did not go anywhere without two things: a case of bottled water and a good amount of cash. Occasionally, she packed a couple of folding chairs in case she and her father had to wait in line in the heat to buy gas.

via What’s your favorite hurricane advice? Share it with fellow AL.com readers | AL.com.

No room for ‘disaster amnesia’: Hurricane Ivan prepared Baldwin County for future storms | AL.com

June 02, 2015

When Hurricane Ivan slammed into Baldwin County’s coast as a Category 3 storm in 2004, packing wind gusts of over 120 mph and a storm surge upwards of 14 feet, beachfront homes and condominiums took a major beating.

Many homes were destroyed, some even swept away, and two condos in Orange Beach partially collapsed in storm’s wake on Sept. 16, 2004.

via No room for ‘disaster amnesia’: Hurricane Ivan prepared Baldwin County for future storms | AL.com.

No room for ‘disaster amnesia’: Hurricane Ivan prepared Baldwin County for future storms | AL.com

June 01, 2015

When Hurricane Ivan slammed into Baldwin County’s coast as a Category 3 storm in 2004, packing wind gusts of over 120 mph and a storm surge upwards of 14 feet, beachfront homes and condominiums took a major beating.

Many homes were destroyed, some even swept away, and two condos in Orange Beach partially collapsed in storm’s wake on Sept. 16, 2004.

If a similar storm were to hit today, however, the outcome would likely be much different.

via No room for ‘disaster amnesia’: Hurricane Ivan prepared Baldwin County for future storms | AL.com.

Oil concerns linger on Alabama coast as another hurricane season arrives | AL.com

May 31, 2015

As government agencies on the Gulf Coast ramp up emergency response drills and preparations for another anxiety-filled hurricane season, officials in one coastal Alabama city have thoughts on oil possibly washing ashore during a storm.Five years ago the Deepwater Horizon disaster spewed more than 200 million gallons of crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Since then, over 55 million pounds of oily material have been cleaned up on Alabama’s coast, according to U.S. Coast Guard statistics.

via Oil concerns linger on Alabama coast as another hurricane season arrives | AL.com.

Two dogs killed in beach house fire

May 27, 2015

Two dogs were killed in a house fire Tuesday on Pensacola Beach.

About 11:15 a.m., a fire erupted at a residence between Avenidas 12 and 13 on Ariola Drive.

Firefighters made entry into the residence and found two dogs deceased, an Escambia County spokesperson said. Fire crews also located another dog that survived the blaze. No people were injured in the fire.

via Two dogs killed in beach house fire.

Authorities investigating runaway utility spool in Foley | AL.com

April 30, 2015

Authorities are investigating the origins of a runaway utility spool that struck and damaged three vehicles on the Foley Beach Express Saturday.

Foley Police Capt. David White said the spool, which was rolling out-of-control amid 50 mph or more winds during a strong storm, struck three occupied vehicles stopped at the expressway’s intersection at County Road 20. No one was injured.

via Authorities investigating runaway utility spool in Foley | AL.com.

Dauphin Island Regatta tragedy: What we know Wednesday morning | AL.com

April 29, 2015

The death toll from Saturday’s storm-ravaged Dauphin Island Regatta officially rose to three on Tuesday when the U.S. Coast Guard announced that the body of a third boater had been recovered from Mobile Bay.

In a news release, the Coast Guard said a fisherman found the body near an offshore gas platform in the bay, and first responders brought it to U.S. Coast Guard Station Dauphin Island.

via Dauphin Island Regatta tragedy: What we know Wednesday morning | AL.com.

Could Regatta Have Been Canceled in Time?

April 28, 2015

We are learning more about what may have pushed this race back.  And the delay may have potentially kept people out on the water longer than expected.

First a website error may have caused confusion about the start time, that moved the race back an hour back.  Then there was a false start. That took almost another 30 minutes.  But could this have made a difference? When we talked with a former planner he says he would have done exactly the same thing.

via Could Regatta Have Been Canceled in Time?.

Regatta participant: My crew was shocked by static electricity – FOX10 News | WALA

April 27, 2015

Four people are still missing, and the search and rescue mission continues in Mobile Bay. This, after the U.S. Coast Guard said several vessels capsized and people were in the water.

FOX10 News talked with Michael McNeir of Santa Rosa Beach, FL and Andy Humphries of Memphis, TN, who were sailing in the Dauphin Island Regatta. They described their harrowing experience.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Regatta participant: My crew was shocked by static electricity – FOX10 News | WALA.

Storm Damage Widespread Across South Alabama

April 27, 2015

All across the gulf coast from southeast Mississippi to northwest Florida, a strong storm system brought lightning, rain and high winds. This is what it looked like in Daphne around 3:30 this afternoon. The storm also brought damage to Old County Road in Daphne where half a dozen trees are said to be down in just a four to five block area. One tree blocked traffic near Bayside Academy’s football field.

via Storm Damage Widespread Across South Alabama.

What A Search Looks Like From The Water

April 27, 2015

We first saw the Coast Guard Cutter Cobia from shore far out in the bay then an MH 65 dolphin helicopter–that came all the way from New Orleans to join in the search– came flying by about 500 feet above the water. Folks on the beach running up and down the shoreline, officials with binoculars, and a state trooper’s boat all looking for some sign of those missing.

via What A Search Looks Like From The Water.

UPDATE: Search Resumes for Five Missing Boaters in Mobile Bay

April 27, 2015

Dauphin Island, Alabama - UPDATE 6:57am

Crews continue to search for the 5 people missing and feared dead after Saturday’s storm hit during the Dauphin Island Regatta. Temporary Flight Restrictions have been placed over Mobile Bay extending just south of Dauphin Island and Fort Morgan as crews continue to survey the area by air.

via UPDATE: Search Resumes for Five Missing Boaters in Mobile Bay.

Dauphin Island Regatta: What we know Monday morning | AL.com

April 27, 2015

The search continues for five people missing in the waters of Mobile Bay after a storm hit the annual Dauphin Island Regatta, capsizing boats and pitching racers overboard Saturday.

Here’s what we know so far today:

Two people have been confirmed dead following the race. U.S. Coast Guard Officials say 5 people are still unaccounted for and believed missing in the waters of Mobile Bay.

via Dauphin Island Regatta: What we know Monday morning | AL.com.

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