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

Submitted to Unknown Mami’s Sundays in My City

  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. jeanniemaries July 7, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    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. Well, at least you have great boots! Stay dry and safe!
    🙂
    Traci

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  4. 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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    1. I could have waited out the storm in the mall, but I knew I’d spend too much money too.

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  5. Rain is nice – when you are inside, not stuck in a car. Ugh! I’m glad you made it home safely.
    Tami

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    1. It wouldn’t have been so bad if it were also so, very windy.

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  6. Oh my I want those boots!

    Mollyxxx

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    1. Those were a gift from my daughter. The only thing I like about rain is getting to wear my galoshes.

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  7. 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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    1. After clicking the post comment button I smiled because the word muy sounds like wet in french (mouillé) ha! A true international comment…

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    2. Thank you! Being in the Gulf during one of these heavy storms would not be my first choice. I’ve seen sailboats marooned in trees after hurricanes with massive surges. I’ll take my inland house.

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      1. Now you’re scaring me on purpose 😉

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        1. I should’ve pointed out that was after a Category 5 storm that made direct landfall where I live. An everyday thunderstorm wouldn’t do that.

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          1. What’s that? I can’t hear you, I’m under the blankets and all I hear is the knocking of my knees!

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  8. That sounds like a treacherous and scary drive. Glad you made it home alright. I hope the sun makes an appearance again soon.

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    1. Thanks! I hope we get a chance to dry out soon too.

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  9. 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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    1. 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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  10. Yikes! I’m just glad you’re safe!

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  11. Cobbie's World July 6, 2013 at 10:48 pm

    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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    1. 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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  12. Glad you’re home safe – I suggest soothing music, and in spite of the 3 hour delay, I would NOT want to be on the midbay bridge connector during a tornado warning.

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    1. I hate bridges anyway, and when visibility is down to feet, crossing Mid-Bay is not a viable option to me.

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