We wait just a little while while they try and sort out the sound system. NOT!
We are going to see some video clips from the Florida Keys. Tips for chasing Hurricanes. Not like chasing tornadoes. No kidding!
Speaker shows some great footage of water spouts. Video from Cessna of weather. Pretty cool. Check out for dark spots before see. Wind 20 miles an hour, spinning. See them spin different directions from same cumulus line. Video looks pretty cool.
Estimate get 4- 500 water spouts per season along the Florida Keys.
Busy season for hurricans in 2004. Stunning sat photo of 3 hurricanes - Charlie and his mates.
Track of Charlie. Odd avoided Jamaica.
Jim tells us about chasing Charlie. It must be difficult to chase something so large, and in urban areas. I know Florida - bad visibility for tornados, but hurricanes? Impressive chase vehicle with all the bells and whistles. Puts our Lizzie to shame!
Chase team now discuss possible path of Charlie. I like the chaps helmet. They then decide where they are going to go. Footage of Charlie moving in. Shooting on Highway 41.
Audience chuckles at video of twisted signposts being swept away by strong winds, and Jim talking about "getting out of here". I think it looks scary, and the strongest winds haven't even hit yet!
The camera is amazingly steady. Then winds pick up. I wonder how he manages to keep his camera so steady?
We watch a large sign (like a hotel sign) being demolished, and then the roof comes off. Super! And still the camera remains steady. One of the chasers films the footage lying down on the sidewalk. Crazy people.
Other footage shown from Charlie. They are measuring wind speed. One chap is filming from under an overpass. Didn't want to go into the City because of debris. Much excitement as the "eye" is supposed to approach. Running commentry from the cameramen is amusing.
Other video from Justice Center.
Then video of the devastation, and a looter caught on video.
Dangers in Hurricane Chasing: CAt IV and higher are dangerous. Watch out for wind shift (shifts of 180 degrees.) May not have enough time as Eye may pass quickly.
Footage of Jim being washed by enormous waves as he is filming. Watch out for surges - even when wind speeds are dropping.
Equipment: Fluid head tripod. For smooth shots of weather.
Demonstrates difference of hand hold versus on a tripod. Note to self: remember tripod.
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Please note: Jim Edds is a professional. Do not try this without adult supervision!