Hurricane Ivan Information, Photos, Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Perdido Key Alabama AL, Ala, FL, Fla
WOW !!! What a storm !!! This page is being made 6 months later, and people email and ask on the phone every day --"Well are things about back to normal down there?" --The Answer: NO WAY
Hanging up IVAN's Jersey and Retiring the Name !
Hurricane Ivan generated a 27 m high storm wave considered to be the highest and most intense ever registered in history, according to scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) who conducted an aerial photographic survey on the path and impact of the destructive hurricane.
Ivan's strongest winds and surge lifted up a huge mass of ocean water from the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico in September, 2004.The Gulf spilled across the Caribbean islands in a strong current capable of transporting massive amounts of sand landward, undermining buildings and roads, and opening new island breaches. On top of the surge, breaking waves nearly as tall as the water was deep, eroded dunes and battered structures.
As Hurricane Ivan's sustained 125 mph (200 km/h) winds wreaked havoc in the Caribbean, the swirling eye of the hurricane was photographed on September 11, 2004 from aboard the orbiting International Space Station (ISS) at an altitude of about 230 miles (370 km), which showed the immensity of its deadly power.
It was the ninth named storm, the sixth hurricane, and the fourth major hurricane of the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season. It formed on September 2 as a tropical depression, became a tropical storm on September 3, and a hurricane on September 5. It was a Cape Verde-type hurricane that reached Category 5 strength on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Scale, the highest possible category. Ivan also gained unprecedented intensity at low latitudes—Category 4 at only 10.6° N—after having existed for only a few days. Its minimum recorded pressure of 910 mb made it the sixth most intense Atlantic hurricane on record. It caused an estimated $13 billion dollars worth of damage in the United States, making it the third costliest hurricane to ever strike the U.S.
Ivan struck Grenada directly on mid-day September 7 at Category 3 intensity, causing at least 39 deaths and damage to over 85% of the structures on the island. It continued across the Caribbean Sea, reaching Category 5 intensity before passing close to the Jamaican coast and Grand Cayman and crossing the western tip of Cuba. Twenty deaths were reported in Jamaica, and damage to over 80% of the buildings was reported on Grand Cayman.
Ivan then moved into the eastern Gulf of Mexico and weakened to a strong Category 3 storm. It continued on a track towards the north-northwest, making landfall in the U.S. near Gulf Shores, Alabama.
After landfall, Ivan dropped heavy rains on the Southeastern United States, turned east, and then later looped south and through Florida and regenerated into a tropical storm for a short time in the Gulf of Mexico. The new tropical system moved into Louisiana and Texas, causing minimal damage.
Ivan broke several hydrological records; it is credited with possibly causing the largest ocean wave ever recorded, a 91-foot (27 meter) wave that may have been as high as 131 feet (40 m), and the fastest seafloor current, at 2.25 meters per second (5 miles per hour).
The name Ivan was retired in the spring of 2005 by the World Meteorological Organization and will be replaced by Igor in the 2010 season.
Ivan's center made landfall Sept. 16 at Gulf Shores, Ala., with 115 mph wind and a storm surge estimated at 10 to 13 feet high. The Geological Survey, NASA and NOAA are measuring the damage hurricanes do to the coastline in terms of land and sand loss. Ivan washed away as much as 164 feet of beach in places, according to the Geological Survey's Center for Coastal & Watershed Studies in St. Petersburg, Fla. Much of the surveying is done with an airplane equipped with "lidar," which is similar to radar but uses laser light in place of radar's radio waves to map surface contours. Ivan, the worst hurricane of the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season in terms of coastal sand and land loss. The erosion caused by Ivan's waves and storm surge undermined five-story oceanfront condominium buildings, which were the largest buildings to fail during a hurricane in United States history. The average shoreline erosion was 42 feet in the area where Ivan came ashore, roughly between Alabama's Mobile Bay and Florida's Pensacola Bay in Florida. Imagine what removing that much sand did to the foundations of homes and condo buildings. Look at the photos on the links below and see for yourself.
Our links to our many Hurricane Ivan photos have been moved to this page:
Hurricane Ivan Damage Photos
More Photos of Gulf Shores
West Beach Homes Hurricane Ivan Damage Photos-3 pages
West Beach Blvd. Condos
A Walk Along Orange Beach
Shocking-Before and After Photos
Gulf State Park & The Pier Hurricane Ivan Damage Photos (It's Trashed)
Helicopter Fly-By Footage of Orange Beach Destruction by New Orleans TV WWLTV Channel 4--High Speed Connection Necessary to View
See a cool animation of Ivan's path--might need High Speed Connection
Gulf Shores Alabama Hurricane History
Souvenir City--A fixture since 1956 in Gulf Shores
Souvenir City has been repaired--New Photos coming---
The Winfield Resort in Orange Beach, shown in the above two photos with Hurrican Ivan damage, has now been torn down .
The FloraBama is not totally destroyed !!--just almost
The Washington Post says: "The beach itself has been relocated to the dance floor of the Flora-Bama Lounge, a musty, grimy, wondrous roadhouse that sits on the border of the two states. The lounge, which has hosted headliners as diverse as Kid Rock and Hank Williams Jr., is so beloved that word of its possible demise was greeted with almost as much dismay as the persistence of power outages and the endless waits for ice and water. The sand rises halfway to the ceiling -- and what a ceiling it is: covered with dollar bills and dangling bras placed there in happier, raunchier times.
But despite the transformation, the annual interstate mullet toss will live again, the regulars said Friday as they ducked into the sagging hulk that was -- and is sure to be again -- Perdido Key's best-known landmark.
"We party hard," said Paul Bell, a maintenance man so loyal that he stayed at the bar during the storm. "Don't worry. We'll make it bigger and better."
See the 'historic' FloraBama photos here:
See Photos of this spring's Annual Interstate Mullet Toss at the nearby World Famous Flora~Bama (click photo to see more insanity)
The last big Mullet Toss before Hurricane Ivan.....
Hurricane Ivan had created a beautiful and really wide pass from Little Lagoon to the Gulf. More water in the lagoon now can spill out into the Gulf of Mexico
And at high tide, the water can flow back into Little Lagoon.
The hurricane created pass is out at the end of West Beach Blvd. Unfortunately--this pass has almost completely filled in with sand now, but it was beautiful while it lasted.
Gulf Shores Hurricane Katrina Photos-2005