Storm warning: iPhone edition

Friday afternoon I drove into town for a hair cut appointment. I was crossing the Mid-Bay Bridge into Destin about the time a tornado WARNING was issueed for the exact stretch of beach where I was headed.

Sitting in the salon chair, I heard the extreme weather alert blaring over their radio. My hair freshly coiffed, I got in my car intending to head home.

First, I checked my weather app and saw that the warning had been extended half an hour, so I looked for a clear spot to park and wait out the storm. Roads had already begun to flood. At one point, I saw motorists driving on sidewalks to avoid deep, standing water.

I just wanted to get home. The bridge back into my town, a 4-mile long monstrosity, was not appealing, especially when the wind got so strong the rain was coming in sideways. So, I decided to go the long way – trading in one huge bridge for six smaller ones. By the second span, I was questioning my logic, but was too far in to turn around.

On the last stretch of highway, traffic stopped, crawling at a  snail’s pace due to more flooding. All this within an hour of the storm’s onset. My usual 30-minute drive turned into three hours… and it’s still raining.

The only time I’ve  ventured into the rain this weekend is to coax the dogs outside. They want nothing of it either.

Forecasts are for another week of wet weather. No photo hikes for me for the duration.

You can click on any image to see a larger photo, or the series as a slideshow.

(Photos shot with a Nikon D60, using an 18-55mm, 55-200mm, 20mm f/2.8 wide-angle, 50mm f/1.8 prime lens, and/or iPhone4)

Unknown Mami

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  1. My dogs also want nothing of foul weather (which we get more than our fair share of here, although no tornadoes!). Glad to hear you made it safe and sound!

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  2. Yes, I’m actually Gulf Coast too, near Tampa. This rain has been really something! Glad you made it over that bridge!

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  3. The weather here has been just as crazy. My daughter got caught in a tornado warning while shopping in Nine West. Instead of 2 pair of shoes she came home with 4.

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  4. Such great pictures. And this southern weather stuff in the summer… Not fun. You’re most likely used to it, but for me it’s new and I can’t say that I care for it. It would probably help if my home wasn’t a floatation device without AC!

    Have I mentioned I love these pictures?

    Yes. I love them. Muy y muy y muy.

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  5. I hate driving in bad weather. And I hate all these storms we’ve been having. I love a good storm, but not all day every day!! You got some nice pics though =)

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    • Thanks! If it hadn’t been for the tornado warning, I would have headed toward the beach. I love photographing storms, but I’m not chasing after tornadoes.

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  6. Glad that you are safe, too. Not much scarier than being caught out, exposed, in a big storm like that. Continued good thoughts headed your way.

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    • Hurricanes I can handle, because I know they are coming, I can get to a safe place. The ones that form so quickly scare the bejeebus out of me.

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