Hurricane Irene slams Miami Beach, Florida.Add to Cart Add to Lightbox Download
18 October 1999, Miami Beach, Florida.
Front page of The Independent.
Hurricane Irene swept ashore leaving a trail of disruption and 5 dead in its wake. Residents of the beach had been advised to leave as the storm approached. I was hanging with friends at a local bar as the storm hit, just waiting to take a walk to the ocean. It was in theory only a category 2, maybe a 3 storm and I wasn't too worried. I finished my beer and made my way to the ocean across the sand dunes. Getting closer to the beach it was hard to stand and the sand was blasting me, any exposed flesh stinging intensely. The pain was almost unbearable. My friends turned back. I came across these guys from a TV station attempting to make it to the waters' edge, yet they too turned back as the blinding sand blasted us. I kept going all the way to the water's edge, just in time for the eye of the storm to pass directly over me. Never before or since have I stood in the eye of the hurricane. The winds subsided, the water calmed and I could see blue sky through the center of the storm. I was mesmerised. The eye passed over me and as I made my way back home, the wind changed direction and the sand once again blasted me from the reverse direction as I walked back in.
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