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.
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(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)