Category Archives: Weather

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.

Gulf Shores man on Regatta escape: ‘I haven’t been that scared since … I was in Vietnam and people were shooting at me’ | AL.com

April 27, 2015

When Wiley Ashley’s 36-foot Beneteau arrived at Middle Bay Light Saturday, word had already gotten around that a boat had been t-boned and others were retiring from Saturday’s 57th annual Dauphin Island race.

Aboard Ashley’s boat was girlfriend, Christine Kramer.

“I looked at Christine … I’m 74 years old,” Ashley said Sunday. “I said, ‘the winds are coming out of the Southwest.’ I felt like … it would be pack after pack getting into Dauphin Island. I have a fast-racing cruiser.”

via Gulf Shores man on Regatta escape: ‘I haven’t been that scared since … I was in Vietnam and people were shooting at me’ | AL.com.

Damage reported in Baldwin from severe storms Saturday – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

April 27, 2015

ROBERTSDALE, Ala. — Severe weather throughout Mobile and Baldwin counties resulted in several downed trees and reports of structural damage on Saturday afternoon.The National Weather Service reported wind gusts of 58 miles per hour around 3:20 p.m. in Fairhope and 60 miles per hour around 3:35 p.m. in the Foley area.

via Damage reported in Baldwin from severe storms Saturday – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Storm Damage Widespread Across South Alabama

April 26, 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.

One sailor found, four still missing in Mobile Bay – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC

April 26, 2015

The U.S. Coast Guard continued search and rescue over operations for a handful of boaters missing in Mobile Bay since Saturday.Organizers for the Dauphin Island Race said severe weather hit around 4:30 p.m. Saturday, while more than boaters were sailing towards the finish line in Mobile Bay.According to the U.S. Coast Guard four dozen were rescued.  The latest rescue took place around 9 p.m. Saturday when rescuers found one of the last five missing boaters.

via One sailor found, four still missing in Mobile Bay – WEAR – Pensacola Top Stories – ABC.

Heavy rains create a mess for Baldwin County golf courses – FOX10 News | WALA

April 17, 2015

It was a quiet day on the links at the Lake Forest Golf Club. Things have largely dried out from the heavy rains over the last couple of days, but that means Thursday morning was spent cleaning up certain spots around the course disturbed by the rain, like the sand traps.

“It could add another five to seven hours of prep work to get them back to where they need to be. And if it’s real bad, and the sand washed out of the bunkers, it’s a matter of having to haul fresh sand in to top it off,” Erik Tanner, golf course superintendent, said.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Heavy rains create a mess for Baldwin County golf courses – FOX10 News | WALA.

Flooding ruins crops for some Baldwin County farmers – FOX10 News | WALA

April 16, 2015

David Eckman said his farm in Elberta saw more than eight inches of rain over the last few days.

“I was prepared for a heavy rain and it was a little more than what I expected, but it wasn’t what we had last year. That was a total loss on the crops. But this year I think we’ll make out,” Eckman said.

He said he lost about 40 percent of the yield on crops like squash and cucumbers due to the persistent standing water and the sheer force of the rain, which beat down other plants.

FOX10 News | WALA

via Flooding ruins crops for some Baldwin County farmers – FOX10 News | WALA.

Flooding in Baldwin County Possible – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

April 15, 2015

No major flooding has been reported in Baldwin so far, but officials aren’t ruling it out as a possibility.

The Emergency Management Agency team continues to keep a close eye on the weather this week.

“Our primary concern is the riverine area,” said Reggie Chitwood, who is facing his first big weather event as the agency’s director.

With no clear break in the forecast for the rest of the week, water will continue to rise and street flooding is possible.

Some Baldwin residents who live in flood prone areas are hoping this is not a repeat of last year.

via Flooding in Baldwin County Possible – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Gulf Coast region braces for arctic chill – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

January 07, 2015

ROBERTSDALE, Ala. — There’s an old weather saying, “What happens in November, winter remembers.” A relatively mild December may have dulled memory of the record-setting cold across the Gulf Coast in the month of November (2014) but a January arctic blast will remind regional residents and visitors of winter’s presence.

via Gulf Coast region braces for arctic chill – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Energy assistance provided by Project S.H.A.R.E. for 2015 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

January 07, 2015

The South Alabama Chapter of the American Red Cross will begin accepting applications Baldwin County residents on Jan. 8 for Project S.H.A.R.E., the energy assistance program for low-income elderly or disable individuals. Residents of Baldwin County can set up an appointment with partner agencies throughout the County for Project S.H.A.R.E.

via Energy assistance provided by Project S.H.A.R.E. for 2015 – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

Beach Scenes: ‘Crazy weather’ shouts one beachgoer, temps rise to 75 degrees at Gulf Shores | AL.com

December 05, 2014

GULF SHORES, Alabama — Christmas is upon the beach at Gulf Shores, and were it not for the outdoor holiday decorations glittering in the sun, you might not know it. On Wednesday, people came out to the beach in short sleeves and shorts to take in the unseasonably warm weather.

via Beach Scenes: ‘Crazy weather’ shouts one beachgoer, temps rise to 75 degrees at Gulf Shores | AL.com.

Baldwin Dry Weather Dangers

November 04, 2014

Elberta firefighters are staying busy. They are already on their second call of a brush fire.”We have been running a little more brush fires. A little more woods fires especially.” Firefighter Josh Hines believes a charred pile of debris, left smoldering, is responsible for igniting a blaze along the road side several yards away. More evidence of how ripe conditions are for wild fires.


via Baldwin Dry Weather Dangers.

$2.3M in FEMA Money Available for Baldwin County – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

October 22, 2014

BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) More than $2 million is now available for folks in Baldwin County affected by the floods that rocked the area back in April. The money is for homeowners but it will also go toward the county as a whole and municipalities within the county.  Homeowners have to apply and get approved before they are reimbursed by FEMA. Most of those folks, some 52 homeowners, have already applied for other FEMA programs that were available right after the flood.

via $2.3M in FEMA Money Available for Baldwin County – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Total Lunar Eclipse Wednesday Morning Will Turn the Moon Blood Red

October 06, 2014

Skywatchers across much of the world will have the chance to see the moon glowing with an eerie red pallor during a pre-Halloween total lunar eclipse next week.The “blood moon” total lunar eclipse will rise during the full moon of Oct. 8 just before sunrise in North America, but red might not be the only color people see during the total eclipse. Weather permitting, it’s possible that some sharp-eyed observers might be able to see some blue in the moon’s glow. The event will be  the second of four consecutive total lunar eclipses in 2014 and 2015, according to NASA officials.

via Total Lunar Eclipse Wednesday Morning Will Turn the Moon Blood Red.

Hurricane Drill in Baldwin County – WPMI LOCAL 15 News – Top Stories

October 01, 2014

SPANISH FORT, Ala. (WPMI) It may seem like it’s over because we haven’t had any major storms, but hurricane season is still in effect through November 30. If you’ve lived along the Gulf Coast long enough and follow these storms you’ll remember late season hurricanes like Opal and Sandy.

via Hurricane Drill in Baldwin County – WPMI LOCAL 15 News – Top Stories.

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