Hurricane Gustav – Effects witnessed in Destin

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Hurricane Gustav – Effects witnessed in Destin

September 10th, 2008 · No Comments

Our usual Labor Day Weekend trip to Destin, Florida turned into an evacuation. The unknown of what track Gustav would take, would happen to our home and if we had a home to come back to weighed heavily on our minds. We left, planning for the worst, as always, and praying for the best.

We evacuated New Orleans Friday afternoon, August 29th for Hurricane Gustav and headed to Destin. We stayed at Camping on the Gulf, as we do every Labor Day weekend.  Saturday was beautiful; the water was like glass, sunny and hot, your typical Destin day. We tried our best to relax, have fun and enjoy the day, but the anxiety of the approaching storm remained.

Sunday morning was sunny but the waves were rough, a yellow flag was flying as Gustav made its way closer to the coast. We played hard that morning in the water, by mid-morning the waves got so rough even I was exhausted from getting beat up and had enough. It was beginning to get scary being in the Gulf, so we called it quits and headed to the pool. That afternoon was when we first started seeing the effects of Hurricane Gustav approaching the Louisiana coast. There was a lot of cloud coverage, strong winds and off and on light to moderate rain. Nothing to be concerned about.

We woke early Monday morning to gusts of wind and periodic rain varying from light, moderate and heavy. It all depended on if an outer band was over us or not. The most impressive thing I witnessed was the Gulf of Mexico. The waves ranged from approximately 3-4 ft. late Sunday to 8 ft. waves into Monday afternoon. Double Red flags whipped around in the strong winds, and beach patrol monitored the beach ensuring no one at all entered the water. The waves encompassed the entire beach and rolled into the edge of the campground. All in all it wasn’t that scary, just amazing to say the least.  I had never witness a storm right on the water like that before, and now have a greater respect for Mother Nature.

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