That was Then; This is Now

 
It was two months ago when I posted a blog about going home to Virginia Beach to visit family and friends.  I posted some beautiful photos of Emma at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront with blue skies above the golden sand and ocean surf.  You can find them in my photo album called "Home Sweet Home".
 
That was then and this is now; Hampton Roads has been pounded by a Nor’easter this past week thanks to Hurricane Ida.  Here are a few photos of the damage the storm has caused; many of these photos are at the same location where I took beautiful photos just a few months ago.
 
Lynnhaven Fishing Pier 
 
Sandbridge Beach
 
Virginia Beach Oceanfront
(water is almost up to the boardwalk)
 
Chics Beach
 
 
Stranded Barge
 
Laskin Road
(1 mile from where I lived)
 
Landmark Restaraunt…Alexander’s on the Bay
(has stood at the end of the Lesner Bridge for two decades)
 
I have seen many storms at the Oceanfront over the past forty years but I don’t think I have seen a Nor’easter that has left this much damage in a very long time.  For more photos of the storm damage, here is a slideshow link:  http://hamptonroads.com/2009/11/photos-november-09-noreaster-virginia-beach#primary_tabs
 
I am thankful that, even though thousands are still without power, my family and friends are safe and sound.
What a difference a few months make…good thing I went home in September instead of November as originally planned!
 
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21 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ROCKET
    Nov 14, 2009 @ 20:50:51

    Rhonda, I\’ve read reports saying this is one of the 5 worst storms to ever hit the area. I spent many a night on the Lynnhaven Pier with friends, fishing, drinking beer and just hanging out. Alexander\’s On The Bay was once Chic\’s Snack Bar, for which Chic\’s Beach is named. I spent weeks on end on that beach when I was younger. Talked to Mom tonight and she says Chic\’s Beach is completely gone, Alexander\’s is mostly rubble and even the parking lot has been washed away. That barge aground at Sandbridge, is fully loaded, 500+ feet long and they had to land engineers onbord by helicopter to open the sea cocks so she would stop drifting and threatening the waterfront homes during the worst of the storm. We rode out Hurricane Isabel back home in 2003 1/2 mile inland from Chic\’s Beach. We had no power for 10 days and had to stand in line for hours to purchase dry ice, $1 a lb, 20 lbs. per cutomer. All reports say the damage is even worse from this storm.

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  2. Rhonda
    Nov 14, 2009 @ 21:05:21

    Chip I remember Hurricane Isabel very well as I lived 8 blocks from the Oceanfront. We were without power for 2 weeks and luckily Harris Teeter was giving away free water. We cooked off our little foreman grill and played cards by candlelight every night. We lost everything in the frigerator and freezer of course. Judging by the photos from this Nor\’easter, it looks just as bad or worse…I\’m just thankful that our families are safe my friend!

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  3. ROCKET
    Nov 14, 2009 @ 21:16:09

    Thankful my family made it okay as well. Laura thought Isabel was fun because she got to eat the MREs we kept in the bug out kit we out together after 9-11. She didn\’t like only getting to watch the battery powered TV only during the local news in order to save the batteries. When it became apparent we were going to lose the food in the freezers my brother fired up the charcoal grill and we had a huge cook out. I was recovering from a fusion procedure on my cervical spine and had to wear that &*$%#@*!! stiff collar 24/7. It was bad enough without being able to shave but no A/C was torture!

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  4. ☆° Lady Jude
    Nov 14, 2009 @ 22:19:50

    The strong winds sure have done some damage, we have strong winds here, but nothing like that.Hugs Jewelie

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  5. Denny
    Nov 14, 2009 @ 22:51:19

    WOW! never been in storm like that!

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  6. Natural ♥
    Nov 15, 2009 @ 00:17:07

    J.S. Robinson said, "The winds will blow, and the storm may destroy the outer shell of life, but it will not remove the soul of those that have love and courage." Let are prayers and love be with the people of Virginia Beach, and the other areas that Hurricane Ida struck. I\’m thankful that you and yours are safe too! Hugs

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  7. Sue
    Nov 15, 2009 @ 01:10:57

    Im so glad your family and friends are all safeThe pictures sure tell the storyTake careSue

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  8. Princess
    Nov 15, 2009 @ 04:25:40

    Crikey Rhonda, I do remb ur lovely phots, these phots are so scary. Glad u & ur family are all safe,Big Hugs, Luv PF XXX

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  9. Angel eyes
    Nov 15, 2009 @ 04:33:10

    awful storm glad you are safe and your family as well angel eyes

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  10. Beth
    Nov 15, 2009 @ 08:31:43

    Thank God your family and your friends are safe.

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  11. Isabelle
    Nov 15, 2009 @ 09:17:44

    I am really happy you are all safe and sound.Those pictures are scary and do reminds us how nature can be powerful.Hugs to you and to Emma,take care,Isa

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  12. Joe
    Nov 15, 2009 @ 11:26:37

    There\’s nothing like a powerful storm when you\’re near the ocean. I remember living in both India and the Philippines when they were getting pounded by typhoons…it\’s absolutely terrifying…especially if you\’re staying in a hut! Excellent pictures my friend, I\’m so glad you\’re safe.

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  13. Captain
    Nov 15, 2009 @ 14:57:33

    I\’m SO glad everything\’s OK Rhonda! These photo\’s are fantastic! Loved the one above of the car splashing through the water! Funny how they always name Hurricanes after women. Ever notice in movies with Ax Murderers, Aliens, Matrix People, etc. it\’s the woman who always comes out unscathed; always the woman the only one left standing… In fact it\’s that way throughout the Animal Kingdom. Yup, women are pretty viscious! lol! Think I\’ll go take a boo at those pictures…

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  14. Rhonda
    Nov 15, 2009 @ 18:54:02

    LOL Captain…you are a very wise man!

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  15. Lisa ♥
    Nov 15, 2009 @ 21:56:20

    There is a lot of damage. It could take sometime to clean it all up. Glad you went home when you did and not now. You and Emma and your family are safe that is the important thing. So many are in need of power and water Im sure. I have never seen anything like this in person and do think I would be scared. Powerful Weather. Have a great week. Loved your new album alsoLisa

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  16. Here I Am
    Nov 15, 2009 @ 23:37:48

    Glad to hear all your family and friends are safe. Awe the fury of nature she giveth and taketh… So glad you had a chance to visit before the destruction. Hugs Carrie

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  17. Nov 16, 2009 @ 02:40:34

    In agreement with Natural Person: Let our prayers and love be with the people of Virginia Beach, and the other areas that Hurricane Ida struck.

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  18. Eddie
    Nov 17, 2009 @ 13:43:48

    Everyone is affected by nature\’s decisions no matter where on the planet one lives somehow someway. I am very happy that you and your family were spared injury or death. It is not a shock for me to witness the distructive force of a hurricane as seen in your photos. I live in the part of Florida where there was Wilma and Charlie a few years back. I heard about Ida going though the Virginia Beech area but have not seen pictures like these. The damage was worse then imagined.

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  19. Tatyana
    Nov 18, 2009 @ 02:39:04

    impressive….

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  20. Happy
    Dec 07, 2009 @ 21:33:44

    So glad all safe/sound.

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  21. Ralph
    Dec 16, 2009 @ 22:24:03

    WOW! THE STORM SURE WAS STRONG….GLAD YOU DIDN\’T GET HURT BY THAT ONE…

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