More effects of Tropical Storm Debby

Went for a sail July 1st(4 days straight) and caught some pictures of boat damage.  Boca Ciega Bay did not come through unscathed.

2012-07-01 Sunken Boat

2012-07-01 Sunken Boat

2012-07-01 Boat on Gulfport Beach

2012-07-01 Boat on Gulfport Beach

2012-07-01 Boat washed ashore

2012-07-01 Boat washed ashore

Sorry this last one is so far away.  We were coming back in the port and I told my cameraman to take the shot and put the camera away.

I went out yesterday (July 3rd) and a guy was there chopping it up with an axe.  Too bad…  maybe I could have rehabbed it.

Bye the way, it was a great sail!  I introduced someone new (My work/shrimping buddy Tim) to the fine art of sailing.

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Pictures from Debby

Want see something neat?  Google this

cruise ship tampa skyway debby

I make the 2nd and 4th link.  Pretty cool huh?

Here is my drive to work over the Howard Frankland Bridge. (Sorry, I spelled that wrong last time I mentioned it)

2012-06-26 06.46.11 Howard Frankland Bridge during Tropical Storm Debby

2012-06-26 06.46.11 Howard Frankland Bridge during Tropical Storm Debby

2012-06-26 06.46.22 another wave on the bridge

2012-06-26 06.46.22 another wave on the bridge

2012-06-26 06.47.02 salt water on the truck !

2012-06-26 06.47.02 salt water on the truck !

Back at Boca Ciega Bay yesterday the winds were between 25 & 30 mph.

2012-06-26 20.11.38 strong winds whipping up waves in boca ciega bay

2012-06-26 20.11.38 strong winds whipping up waves in boca ciega bay

The waves were really crashing into the bulkhead at this house on the point.

2012-06-26 20.06.55 big waves and beautiful sky

2012-06-26 20.06.55 big waves and beautiful sky

2012-06-26 20.11.14 whitecaps on the bay

2012-06-26 20.11.14 whitecaps on the bay

Right in the midst of all these waves and the wind howling, I looked out over the bay and spotted movement all the way across.  It looked like it was something moving on the water.  Sure enough…

2012-06-26 20.11.06 Sailboat

2012-06-26 20.11.06 Sailboat

Sorry, the phone doesn’t have optical zoom.  It just is a digital enhancement.  See the two sails of the boat dead center of the picture, sticking above the land on the far side of the bay?  Wow!  I sure would have liked to have been out there.  They were zipping back and forth across the bay pretty quick.  Notice they don’t even look like they’re leaning over?

And a sunset with a promise that the storm was almost over.

2012-06-26 20.00.01 Sunset

2012-06-26 20.00.01 Sunset

Here is a nice calm bay when I got home from work yesterday.

2012-06-27 17.20.47 Boca Ciega Bay after the storm

2012-06-27 17.20.47 Boca Ciega Bay after the storm

Tropical Storm Debby

Not much sailing or rehabbing going on.  Just a lot of rain and some flooding.  On my drive to work this morning on the Howard Franklin Bridge over Tampa Bay the waves were crashing against the barrier and splashing across the road.  I heard from someone at work that came in about an hour and a half later than me that as he came across the bridge the spray was going across 3 lanes and his car got soaked in salt water.  Glad I missed that, I’d rather not have my 12 year old truck rusting any quicker than it has too!

My pretty little beach here at Boca Ciega Bay is being washed away!  Look at the erosion at the bottom of the picture.  By the way, if you can’t see this entire picture, your monitor is too small!  (Now I have to take that back, it’s fine in edit mode, but when I publish it doesn’t use the whole screen.  Sorry, I guess I will go back to smaller pictures)

2012-06-25 19.19.21 My beach being washed away

2012-06-25 19.19.21 My beach being washed away

Sunday I went down to the Tampa SkyWay bridge and checked out what was happening.  When I got there I was told they had closed the bridge due to high winds.  That is really unfortunate for people that need to get across.  It’s a detour of an hour and a half instead of a 15 minute drive across the bridge.

2012-06-24 17.58.48 Skyway bridge closed

2012-06-24 17.58.48 Skyway bridge closed

While I was there, a cruise ship came out of the mist and went right under.  This is in about 25 mph winds.  It was kind of mysterious the way it appeared out of the mist and then just slipped right under the bridge.  From the perspective it looks like it barely fit.

2012-06-24 18.18.20 Cruise ship under Tampa Bay Skyway bridge

2012-06-24 18.18.20 Cruise ship under Tampa Bay Skyway bridge

I took a video of it too. This is CapnRehab’s first venture into video. (Just practicing for when I get my GoPro)