Returning tomorrow from a week on the MS coast. Went to IHC for the two days of technical but not-as-technical-as-Monterey talks, just my speed, and met a lot of mets, including most of the NHC contingent.
Later in the week I did make it over to Hancock and Harrison Counties. No surprises anywhere...having spent so much time reviewing the NOAA aerial images. Debris cleanup going well. Waveland is still slabs (Coleman Ave converted though with many tents). Clermont Harbor and Lakeshore look like they are completely gone (if you didn't know a community was there, you could drive right by the trees and marsh on Beach Blvd and not know), but then I didn't drive inland to see if anything was left by the railroad tracks. I don't know if it is just that I'm older, but Waveland seems so tiny, much smaller than on the map. With nothing but slabs and trees, and the occasional FEMA trailer, it seems oddly open, and more like a tiny park than a city. None of the tiny debris littering the trees, grass, and sides of the roadway in any of the counties has been picked up yet, giving everything a sad look, coupled with many bare trees that were too damaged to produce any leaves this year. No place looked as bad as Porteaux Bay, though. Hardly any headway has been made there except to remove the major debris from houses that were demolished by surge.
I stopped by Biloxi and saw Frank P and the two basset hounds, briefly. And the famous shutters. Frank is hanging out on s2k these days, where he says he spends most of his time disagreeing with Derek (upon brief inspection, appears to be the case ).
I'll try to find a way to get some of my photos online (any good ideas email me, I'm not that web-savvy).
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