We’re Floridians. Hurricanes are a part of our life. We always hope and pray for a Cat 1 or 2. It’s terrifying when the hurricane rapidly strengthens. Praying for our panhandle friends today.
Waves hit Navarre Pier hard during Hurricane Ivan’s approach – Navarre Beach, Florida. Hurricane Ivan was the strongest hurricane of the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season. It made landfall on the U.S. mainland in Gulf Shores, Alabama on September 16th, as a Category 3. (Photo credit: Florida archives by Chris Duval)
Go or stay, when in harms way? To me, that’s a no-brainer. If my life and family is at risk for loss of life, do you think I would stay in a threat environment without making a change? For sure – NO.
However, many people choose to remain in the main threat area during catastrophic weather – such as Hurricane Michael churning in the Gulf of Mexico toward the Florida Panhandle. I’m watching Michael and it brings back memories of Ivan.
I recall working in Florida’s State Emergency Management Center in 2004 when Hurricane Ivan attacked the Florida Panhandle area…
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