View Full Version : Watch the hurricane live from Halifax

08-22-2009, 07:14 PM
The hurricane is supposed to hit Halifax, so they turned on the livestream webcam. Impressive speed, looks like at least 15fps or more.


Bill O
08-23-2009, 09:14 AM
Pretty sleepy up there right now.

Bill O
08-23-2009, 06:34 PM
12 people swept out to sea at Thunder Hole in Acadia. 9 have been rescued so far.

Jimmy Legs and Little d
08-23-2009, 07:51 PM
Here's the link to the Bar Harbor Times regarding the wave that swept nine people into the water.


08-23-2009, 11:01 PM
Wow, conflicting reports on that one. The Boston Globe says only three swept out and all were rescued. Maybe their report was written earlier. What a shame.


Snow Miser
08-24-2009, 11:26 AM
Wow, conflicting reports on that one. The Boston Globe says only three swept out and all were rescued. Maybe their report was written earlier. What a shame.


Down here in PA, reports are that three were rescued, but youngest of the two girls died.

Jimmy Legs and Little d
08-24-2009, 12:40 PM
He's a link to a video of the rescue of the people who were swept out to sea by a giant wave.



Bill O
08-25-2009, 09:10 PM
Video at Thunder Hole earlier that day. Some big rollers out there:


08-25-2009, 09:41 PM
I was trying to figure out how they got knocked into the ocean, but after seeing this video, it shows they were all way above the railings on the cliff. That must have been one big wave!

08-30-2009, 02:41 PM
Took a while for me to reply to this. We just got home Friday night from Acadia and I'm getting caught up.

We were in Bar Harbor last Sunday morning when the accident took place at Thunder Hole. As you can see from the first pictures there wasn't much clue how bad it really was out there. When we got down to the dock at around noon we could see how the wavers were breaking out on the islands as well as the surf coming up over the sea wall by the pier. They were just closing the pier at that time as the water was coming right up the boat ramp and washing out onto the pier.

Not realizing what was going on we decided that it would be a good time to drive the park loop road on Sunday afternoon and see the surf. When we got to just before the entrance station we found out that the loop road was closed! All traffic was diverted down toward the Schooner Head parking area but they weren't allowing anyone to park there. We went back toward Bar Harbor, parked along the road and hiked back up. Park officials told us that this was the first time the loop road had been closed in 23 years! It was only then that we started hearing rumors of the accident.

We couldn't get near the water at Schooner Head (rangers had the trail blocked off in the parking lot) so we hiked down the road to Great Head instead. That trail wasn't blocked (yet) and we went out on the cliffs and then down to Sand Beach and saw the SAR operation in progress. There were two Coast Guard boats and a chopper conducting the search (at about 3:00pm). We met a ranger on Sand Beach who told us that 5 people had been knocked off the rocks and that two were still missing. As it turns out there were almost 20 people injured when the wave broke over the rocks just past Thunder Hole (a little before noon). Seven were knocked into the water. Two made it out immediately (although I can't imaging how) and two were quickly rescued by the Coast Guard. The body of the 7 year old girl that drowned was recovered shortly afterward. At this point they thought that two people were still in the water and the search went on for several hours. It turned out that they had gotten themsleves out earlier and nobody knew it. Just an incredible tradgedy losing a life (and a micacle that it wasn't more).

We drove the loop road on Monday and the surf was still really high (but nothing like Sunday). We stopped at Thunder Hole and went out onto the rocks to watch the surf (which was high but way below where we were. There was a TV news crew interviewing a ranger by the road and he was pointing down to us. Someone came down and said that the ranger was pointing to us and saying that we were standing in exactly the spot where the people were swept in the day before. Pretty freaky.

On Thursday night we returned to Sand Beach for the "Stars Over Sand Beach" weekly program. It was a beautiful night with the clearest, blackest sky I've ever seen. No wind, no waves. Not only were there a million stars in view, but the Milky Way was clearly painted across the sky. Such incredible beauty such a short time after such a tragedy. I said a small prayer of thanks before leaving the beach that night...

A few pictues of the shore on Sunday and Monday below. The rest of the album from the week is here: http://picasaweb.google.com/mtruman42/Acadia09#. Separate albums and TRs for our hikes will be done soon.

Bar Harbor - not looking like a storm is passing

A sign of what was going on down the road...

The view from Great Head to the rocks above Sand Beach (Sunday)

The SAR operation from Sand Beach

Surf still breaking on Monday (near Thunder Hole)

Thunder Hole on Monday - nothing compared to Sunday

View toward Thunder Hole standing in the spot where people were washed off the rocks the day before

Snow Miser
08-30-2009, 05:00 PM
Very nice photos Mark! The ones of the storm and surf are really nice and show how bad it must have been. Mother Nature in her furry never shows any mercy. Looks like you guys had a very eventful week. Thanks for sharing. Look forward to reading your TRs.