8/12/04 around 9am - a level 1 evacuation was called for Pinellas
County Flood Zone A, Later that morning the EOC called for a Mandatory
evacuation for levels A-C and 380,000 People were evacuating Pinellas
County alone. Many including myself flocked inland to highlands
of Hillsborough County or even further East. The drive from Treasure
Island to Tampa was 3 hours. 1-and a-half hours spent on crossing
the Howard Franklin Bridge alone.
(Image on left was taken with my picture phone as
I spent an hour and a half crossing the howard Franklin Bridge into
turned out we were spared from the storm in Pinellas but further Down
South from Sarasota County Southward felt the Full power of Hurricane
Charley. Extensive damage in the 16-Billion range
is projected down in Punta Gorda area, and over 160 homes were destroyed
on Captiva Island. Sanibel Island also has a new pass. The
Ft. Myers area and Charlotte county caught the very worst of the storm
just off of I-75 along Port Charlotte. You can see all of the damage.
for the surf, Thursday I spent the whole day evacuating after leaving
work early, I caught a quick peak from mid jetty and the Chateau around
10am and it was holding a strong and hollow S. swell. This was not a
swell from Charley who was still under Cuba at the time, this was from
hurricane Bonnie as it was making landfall in the Panhandle and swinging
an outer band our way taking the winds up to around 30 kts. and helping
that S. swell fill in.
The pics below from 8/12 are really from Bonnie, we will be adding pics
to this section as time permits, To send in your pics from either of
photographer's name, surfer(s) names and story if possible.
Or even if you just want to write a story
about your loss or experience.
4 Pictures Below
Sent in from Zack from Irbsurf.com
shots from Indian Rocks 8/12/04.
Below Sent in from Jason Morre
shots at Chateau around 3:30 8/12/04
Over's From Charley Saturday 8/14/04
Yes we surfed Upham, a totally new Upham,
It was breaking around waist high & close to shore
that morning on incoming tide. We had not seen
anyone surf this break since it was renourished. It's hard to say what
exactly the surf will do here now with the T-Groins and all being installed
soon, but the skimmers have been out there. It has been holding a really
fun shore break. But no longboarders? This used to be out front at Upham!