Eye In The Tropics Storm Reports:
Hurricane Igor Chase Video Account - Elbow Beach, Bermuda
 
 
 
 
Ultimate Chase's Location During Hurricane Igor - The Tiny Island of Bermuda
 
 
 
 
Hurricane Igor Infrared Satellite Image Near Peak Strength
 
Infrared Satellite when Hurricane Igor was near the peak strength of Category 4 and very near a Category 5
 
Barometer Graph From Hurricane Igor:
 
The lowest barometric pressure reading from Elbow Beach during Hurricane Igor was 964mb - Click Here for larger size
 
Hurricane Igor Stock Photos:
 

Crashing waves running up on Elbow Beach in Bermuda - Stock Photo

Crashing waves running up on Elbow Beach in Bermuda - Stock Photo

Crashing waves hitting seawalls in Bermuda - Stock Photo

 

 

Man windsurfing off Elbow Beach in Bermuda - Stock Photo

Man windsurfing off Elbow Beach in Bermuda - Stock Photo

People watching approaching outer bands from Hurricane Igor at Elbow Beach in Bermuda

People taking photos of approaching outer bands from Hurricane Igor at Elbow Beach in Bermuda

Jim Cantore reports from Elbow Beach in Bermuda - Stock Photo

Major Beach Erosion at Elbow Beach in Bermuda - Stock Photo

Major Beach Erosion at Elbow Beach in Bermuda - Stock Photo

Major Beach Erosion at Elbow Beach in Bermuda - Stock Photo

Major Beach Erosion at Elbow Beach in Bermuda - Stock Photo

 

 

Hurricane Igor Chase Account Below:
Chase Account: I studied Hurricane Igor for over a week and noticed the forecast tracks were bringing it really close to Bermuda. Going to Bermuda is a big gamble because the odds of the eyewall going over the island are really low. Bermuda is just a spec on the map when looking at the giant Atlantic Ocean. I had to go days early before the flights stopped running and decided I might as well go as early as possible to get photos of the beautiful pink beaches and other sites. I rented a scooter for the first 2 days I was there and drove from the eastern end near St. Georges all the way to the western end approximately 22 miles each way. It was difficult driving on the left hand side of the road but with time it came naturally. On the island of Bermuda there are NO RENTAL CARS period !! The only way to get around is a scooter or a cab. I knew this chase my locations would be limited so I decided to stay right on the beach and document the monster waves and onshore wind. I teamed up with Jim Cantore, Austin Anderson and The Weather Channel Crew to document the worst effects Igor had to throw at us....
It was amazing how days before Igor's first outer bands effected us the waves were already increasing and 18 hours before landfall Igor was starting to cause some disruptions. Near Johns Smith's Bay the road had to be closed because the waves were throwing rocks and other debris and this was only going to get worse. I spent the entire 2 days before landfall shooting B-Roll video for TWC. On Sunday the winds started to increase and the waves were crashing on the beach and running up and splashing everything. I was getting great shots and documenting the event when my brand new camera decided to make my worst nightmare come true. My camera just died !! Apparently the super high RH values (Relative Humidity) of 95% caused my camera to simply not work. After about 5 panic attacks and a damn near breakdown my good friend Austin let me use his backup HD camera and I was able to keep shooting. The camera was just a basic flip cam and enabled me to keep feeding video into TWC while my cam was drying out. The really high winds (93mph max recorded) all came in at night and by daybreak conditions were slowly starting to improve. I always bring a backup camera but to save money from paying for extra bags on the flight I elected to bring just my one camera. This camera was supposedly made for tough conditions and weather proof, etc.....Hurricane Igor was the 24th hurricane I've documented and the first time I lost a camera before the peak.
During the night hours the winds were relentless and the waves were huge ! Mr. Cantore reported "Live' during most of the peak and in between shots we would take shelter inside our media room right on the beach. While taking a 15 minute break a wave crashed next to our building and threw a giant piece of stairs fully intact from the beach and crashed it right where we were reporting. We were inside Igor's eastern eyewall for a good amount of time and the lowest pressure I recorded was 964mb. The next morning we could see the damage done to the beach and the biggest story was the beach erosion. The island did not sustain much wind damage but the beaches took a hit. Overall visiting Bermuda was amazing and I can now check it off my list of places to visit....
A Special Thank You to "Austin from Austin" Anderson for lending me his HD camera in a time of need....
Once again it was an honor to work with Mr. Cantore and the folks at The Weather Channel.
By the way, It's True !! The beaches in Bermuda are PINK !!! A photographer's heaven !
  Photographer,
 
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