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Old 10-31-2007, 09:38 AM
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TS Noel is eating up our shoreline here in Southeast Florida. High tide is at 1:00pm. I might walk over and take some pix of the beach erosion. I imagine the boats leaving the Ft Laud Show had their share of weather issues exiting the show. I'd even have concerns about "taking the inside" (intracoastal) with the way the wind and rain cells are blowing through the area. Bahamas will surely take a beating in all of this as well.

Paradise slowly being washed away. Here's a current shot of Jupiter Inlet.

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Old 10-31-2007, 09:51 AM
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Great post, Hope you are well, and relaxing.
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Old 10-31-2007, 09:56 AM
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Thanks Dsaltydog.

Going to trek over to the beach now. Hope my camera battery holds up.
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Old 10-31-2007, 11:27 AM
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For comparison sake here's what the inlet looked like a few years back.


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After Hurricane Ivan.....a Beach restoration was done for Orange Beach and Gulf Shores here in Alabama and it worked out great. Pumped thousands of tons of sand onto the beach for miles. The erosion after the hurricane was very bad.
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The dates even set right on your camera.
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South Florida Sun-Sentinel.com
Palm Beach County beaches take a pounding as Tropical Storm Noel stalls near Cuba
County's beaches take a pounding as storm stalls near Cuba
By Sally Apgar

South Florida Sun-Sentinel

November 1, 2007

Michael Mead was standing on his third-floor balcony in South Palm Beach staring into the dark toward the steely, foam-streaked waves crashing into a 10-foot retaining wall, his building's last defense against the sea.

"Suddenly, I heard this 'crack!' And in a second there was this huge bang. And I just knew," said Mead, 61, describing the moment the concrete wall that had stood guard for decades over the Imperial House flipped over into the sand. Relentless waves pounded the fallen wall, breaking it into chunks that were swallowed by the sea.

By Wednesday evening Tropical Storm Noel had all of South Florida under a tropical storm watch and helped send gusty winds that canceled flights, knocked out power and ate away at beaches.

Noel planted itself along the coast of Cuba for hours Wednesday afternoon, strengthening slightly as it sat over warm waters, according to the National Hurricane Center. Maximum sustained winds reached 50 mph near its center, while winds in South Florida approached 30 mph with gusts nearing 40 mph. Deaths in the Dominican Republic, Haiti and one in Jamaica raised the storm's death toll to at least 80.

Though South Florida remained well outside the storm's forecast track, the chance of tropical storm force winds reaching its shores increased, said Eric Blake, hurricane specialist at the Hurricane Center. Blake said Floridians will likely see storm bands rake across the region today.

"It's not a freak-out situation," he said. "It's a minor tropical system at this point."

The beaches were blustery and wet Wednesday while often, a few blocks inland, city streets seemed obliviously calm and only slightly damp.

"The beaches are just a mess," said Don May, chief of ocean rescue for Palm Beach County. "There's severe beach erosion countywide."

While about 200 surfers dared the waves near Jupiter Inlet, most county beaches were flying double red flags — meaning no swimming, said May. In addition to dangerous rip currents, May said winds were hitting the beaches at 30 to 35 mph. The pier at Juno Beach was closed to sightseers because of the slamming, high surf.

At Palm Beach International Airport, all flights to and from the Bahamas were canceled.

In West Palm Beach, city spokesman Chase Scott said, "The rains really haven't started yet, but the city has taken a laundry list of precautions that we take in any severe weather."

Anticipating high winds and heavy rains tonight, the city canceled its weekly "Clematis By Night" street festival.

Florida Power & Light Co. reported some outages, mostly in Palm Beach County on Wednesday morning. Company spokeswoman Amy Brunjes said 2,500 customers in Greenacres lost power about 7 a.m. Another 1,000 customers in West Palm Beach and Palm Beach lost power for a few hours starting about 11 a.m. Most were restored by the afternoon.

The poor weather brought an influx of trick-or-treaters to the Town Center at Boca Raton. About 5,000 costumed kids attended the mall's festivities, 1,500 more than last year, spokeswoman Venetia Tiberi said. The weather was definitely a factor, she said.

Kelly Abla, of Boca Raton, brought her daughters to collect candy from storefronts, but for the girls it was not the same.

"You get more candy going around outside," said Yasmeen Abla, 8, dressed as a cheerleader. She and her sister Zakia, 11, planned to go around the neighborhood as long as it did not rain, their mother said.

Today's 50 percent chance of rain is expected to drop off to 20 percent by Friday and even less by Saturday, said Roberto Garcia, with the National Weather Service. Winds are expected to subside over the next two days, and temperatures should cool a pinch.

"We should see a good improvement," Garcia said. "Be ready to enjoy the weekend."

Managers with the South Florida Water Management District predicted Noel would deliver a scant 3 inches of rain and little if any flooding. To prepare, the district this week lowered water levels in drainage canals just less than a foot in Broward County and by just 2 inches in parts of Palm Beach County.

In South Palm Beach, Mead watched as construction crews tried to save his condominium on South Ocean Drive. Once the wall fell, the pounding seas quickly swept away 20 feet of sand and lawn that stretched out toward the sea and went 15 feet deep.

"The way the lawns and beach collapsed into the sea, it looked like an earthquake," Mead said.

With emergency permits, a crew from KMC Construction of Coconut Creek placed three dozen 6,000-pound armor blocks to fortify the condo.

"I hope this works," said Mead.

A few blocks north Nancy Williams, 45, and her daughter Portia Briggs, 20, ordered the grouper special at Benny's on the Beach, a Lake Worth seaside eatery atop the William O. Lockhart Municipal Pier.

"I just love watching the swells bust over the pier," Williams, of Palm Beach, said.

Staff Writers Andrew Reid, Angel Streeter, Brian Haas and Rachael Joyner contributed to this report.

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same thing is happening in villano beach also.they where putting up temperary bulkheads to stop the eroison.some homes where 10 feet from going in the ocean.there are piers and docks floating all along the beach
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My husband and crew are headed south. Last check in (this morning) they were 20 miles north of Albemarle Sound heading for Moorhead City in the ICW. Anyone in that area that knows of the conditions? Thanks!
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Amazing shots Wiley. Be safe and don't do anything I would do!
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Old 11-02-2007, 04:05 AM
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How the heck do you jump that high to get a picture from that elevation anyways?
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Old 11-02-2007, 06:58 AM
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HA!

The images are actually from a webcam located here:

http://www.evsjupiter.com/

Sheese..... you didn't actually think ol' Wiley lived with the retired people in one of those beach hi-rises did ya?





Weather here is getting back to normal.
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