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Hurricane Ivan

Before and After Photo Pairs: Florida

 

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photo pair for Pensacola Beach
Pensacola Beach, FL: The before Hurricane Ivan scene from 2001 is in stark contrast to the deserted beach on September 17, 2004 several days after the storm’s landfall. The signature “beach-ball” water towers for Pensacola Beach, Florida are easily recognizable. The pink high rise in the upper left of the photo has facing stripped off its upper floors. The blue-roofed building in the lower left has had part of its roof blown off. [larger version]

 

Photo pair for Villa Sabine
Villa Sabine, FL: This area of two-story townhouses west of Pensacola Beach was clearly overwashed by the storm surge generated by Hurricane Ivan. The overwash sediments reached the back bay on the left-hand side of the photo and likely would have reached it in the center of the photo, if they had not been blocked by the townhouses. Notice how the Gulf-front beach is relatively clear of debris, which has been deposited on the spit of land behind Little Sabine Bay. [larger version]

 

Photo pair for Navarre Beach
Navarre Beach, FL: Almost 50 miles to the east where Hurricane Ivan made landfall, the photo pair of Navarre Beach, Florida shows the storm surge and waves still had sufficient reach to overwash the entire barrier island. Fresh deposits of sand are clearly visible pushing into Santa Rosa Sound. Here the houses in the center of the island seemed to have fared worse than the ocean front houses, but that was not always the case along this section of the barrier island. [larger version]

 

Photo of Santa Rosa Island
Santa Rosa island, FL: (Single image) A new breach was formed across Santa Rosa Island by Hurricane Ivan west of Pensacola Beach. A continuous sheet of storm-generated overwash deposits is observed in this low-lying and uninhabited portion of the barrier island. Route 399 was cut by the new breach, making Fort Pickens section of the Gulf Islands National Seashore reachable only by boat. [larger version]

 

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