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The 2006 HurricaneCity gathering in Fort Walton Beach and the trip to the Katrina zone was great from beginning to end. A special thanks goes out to Nancy AKA "weathergirl" on the message board and her sister Sue Cox as well as the Emerald Isle condos for allowing this meeting. As would be expected, many could not attend the gathering, but we had a good crowd and everyone had a good time. You may see a brief freeze of the frame or slight lag time between audio & video as these were re encoded in 2016. Several people departed before being interviewed in 2006, but I did manage to do a handfull before the end of the meeting. During the interview with Hanna I had technical problems, but she came along on the trip west & contributed in the videos. The fearless foursome of Mark "mdweather" from mdweather.com, Nancy "weathergirl", Hanna "hanna" & Jim "jimw" viewed all the damaged areas. As would be expected, the camera cannot capture the magnitude of this disaster. While viewing the damage, please keep in mind that buildings may have been excavated & items may have been moved by other means than Katrina. A special thanks goes out to "racegirl" for the tour of Biloxi and "Bateauxdriver" for the tour of SE Louisiana as well as all others that took time to explain what happened. Please enjoy the videos.
2006 Gathering A video of the 2006 HurricaneCity.com gathering in Ft Walton Beach, Fla on Okaloosa Island. The picture on the left is Nancy "weathergirl" who arranged the party and did a great job with decorations including this great banner. In this video you will see most of the people that showed up including "prettywitty" who had to leave early and others arrived after this video was taken. The food was great, especially the rum soaked pineapple, with plenty of shrimp, burgers and wings. Fred on Long Island sent down all of the newspaper articles in the video, truly an amazing collection. Some of us sat down and watched Mark Sudduth's 2005 season video while snacking & drinking New Castle beer thanks to Gianmarc. Overall it seemed everyone had a great time! (2:44)
2006 Gathering Ron "Bagdad Ron" from the Bagdad area of Pensacola, Florida had to leave early. A few parting words from Ron who is still helping in the recovery effort from Ivan. (0:20)
2006 Gathering Gianmarc sits down with Jimw to discuss the threat to St Petersburg, Florida. (5:12)
2006 Gathering Jeff AKA "lizardman" sits down with Jim to talk about his projects online & the threat to his home town of Tallahassee, Florida. (3:34)
2006 Gathering The blooper video where Jim cant remember who he is talking to. Mark AKA "mdweather" or "john ward" came down from Batavia, Illinois to attend the gathering & travel west to see the Katrina damage. John Ward is a completely different person that never attended the gathering. (2:00)
2006 Gathering Nancy "weathergirl" hosted this event and did a great job. Nancy and Jim talk about the threat to Fort Walton Beach, Florida where the gathering took place. This area is a sitting duck and Nancy says even in brushes this area has flooded. (3:40)
2006 Gathering Robert "RcRebel" has to leave and gets a brief interview on the way out. Robert shared some nice photos taken from Hurricane Frederic in 1979 and fears Mobile may be hit next. (0:23)
2006 Gathering Rick who visits HurricaneCity while tracking hurricanes, talks about the threat to the Florida panhandle where he lives and about the video he has taken. That darn John Ward pops up again at the end. (2:05)
2006 Gathering Nancy, Hanna, Mark & Jimw head west to the Katrina zone. After driving through Pascagoula, MS we decided to hit Highway 90 along the coast to get to Biloxi. We ran into the collapsed bridge that connects Ocean Springs with Biloxi. What a mess! (2:20)
2006 Gathering How high was the surge? Hanna and Jimw try to figure it out. Mark & Jimw in a damaged cemetary talking about the damage. Nancy & Jimw discussing the damage while shooting mile after mile of slabs & heavily damaged homes. Racegirl begins our tour of Biloxi and on the way out we find a fishing vessel near I-10. Can this be possible? (9:51)
2006 Gathering Racegirl gives us a tour of the famous Mary Mahoney's restaurant in Biloxi where she works describing what happened here during Katrina. (4:49)
2006 Gathering Deb "Racegirl" shows us what happened to her home in Biloxi over a mile inland. All furniture in the home is destroyed, but the tracking chart remained on the wall showing Katrina's last position before evacuating. Racegirl has been through a lot and still remains upbeat as she says she would like to remain in the area. (6:48) Also in this video racegirl mentions a huge wave on top of the surge that remains disputed but this may prove it to be true.
2006 Gathering We take a look at the damaged Camille monument followed by the new Katrina memorial a short distance away. This is a beautiful memorial that all should see and looks to be well built but only time will tell. Lets hope it lasts longer than the Camille monument. (4:48)
2006 Gathering Mark, Hanna, Nancy & Jim take a look at the Oceanarium damage in Gulfport, MS. We run into what we think is Mark Sudduth's HurricaneTrack.com missing video box & relive what happened during Katrina. We could have had a lot of fun with that black box placing it in hidden areas and keep finding it, but we decided not to. (2:59)
2006 Gathering You won't believe how high the surge mark is in this video from Pass Christian. You will see a mix of video from last years trip to this area describing what Camille did here. You will see the Winn Dixie that was built on the land where the Richelieu Apartments once stood & now that is all gone from Katrina. The pole that measured Camille's surge snapped in half during Katrina and again Nancy & Jim discuss / video miles of missing buildings and a Graffiti memorial. (12:05)
2006 Gathering View of downtown New Orleans during morning rush hour, or lack thereof, from the Holiday Inn. We all visit HurricaneCity but were dissapointed when we found no hurricane decorations inside. Maybe we need to take this place over. We take a tour of the Ninth Ward & the industrial canal levee being rebuilt. A view of workers repairing the roof at the Superdome. A special thanks to Bateauxdriver for the tour. (7:09)
2006 Gathering We find a family that evacuated near Shell Beach in St Bernard Parish and they had some interesting info on what happened here with tremendous surge flooding, rescues & deaths. Another cemetary with a crypt across the street. (3:49)
2006 Gathering Bateauxdriver guides us deep down into Plaquemines Parish. Incredible surge took boats from Breton sound & flung them into the Mississippi river. Jim, Hanna and Nancy cross MS river via auto ferry & head further south. Ever wonder what the south end of the Plaquemines looks like? (8:18)
2006 Gathering On Dauphin Island, Alabama, on the way back home, we find many homes gone compared to post Ivan. Even the asphalt road is gone in several places. (1:53)

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