Due to the limited amount of information
and also a source of reliable internet, I will try to update the site
every 12noon and 6pm.
While searching YouTube.com, I came across footage of Hurricane Katrina
from our friends at HurricaneTracker.com. Be sure to check out all three
This segment is from my 2005 DVD entitled "Tracking
the Hurricanes: 2005". Here, in part one, I begin tracking hurricane
Katrina with my colleague, Mike Watkins, in south Florida. From there,
Mike and I head over to the coast of Mississippi to complete the mission
of observing and documenting one of the deadliest hurricanes in U.S. history.
However, the story does not end with landfall as we will see in part two.
This is the second part of the three part series of my
Katrina documentary. This comes from my successful "Tracking the Hurricanes:
2005" DVD which chronicles the landfalling U.S. hurricanes during the
historic 2005 hurricane season. In part two, the action really begins.
It is now daytime on August 29, 2005 and Katrina is making landfall along
the central Gulf Coast. I am in Gulfport, Mississippi working with colleague
Mike Watkins. We are seeking refuge at a hotel near I-10 along hwy 49
in Gulfport. We have set up three remotely operated cameras down along
the waterfront and are hoping to capture extraordinary video- as well
as stream it live to the world. Little did we know that the storm surge
would be so enormous that our three camera systems would be washed away-
two of them lost forever. The third was found but human error prevented
it from working properly. I shift my focus from finding the other missing
"black boxes" to documenting the people of a hurricane-torn Mississippi.
This is the third part of my three part series of videos
from the "Tracking the Hurricanes: 2005" DVD of hurricane Katrina.
This video picks up 47 days after Katrina along the battered coast of
Mississippi. We make our way to Waveland where my colleague and I were
going to ride out Katrina in the "safety" of the fire department
(make sure you watch parts one and two to understand the sequence of events).
We interview fire chief David Garcia as we drive through an almost completely
flattened Waveland. The video does not begin to convey the enormity of
the devastation there. I end the Katrina section with a music tribute
that I composed and performed myself just for the DVD. I think you will
find it moving. You can learn more about our work at www.hurricanetrack.com
29-Aug-06 We Remember
— The day the changed our lives. Stories of hope and rememberences
26-Apr-06 @ 5:45 p.m. CDT CSX
Rail Project Wins 49-48 Fight — In a nail-biting 49-48
vote [in the U.S. Senate] that tested lawmakers' loyalties Wednesday,
senators voted with Mississippi's powerful GOP delegation to keep alive
a controversial $700 million project to relocate a rail line along the
Mississippi Coast so the state can build a new east-west highway.[more]
22-Oct @ 11:30 p.m. CDT
A story printed by the Sun Herald on 16-Oct-2005. An idea about moving
the CSX Railroad right-of-way from its current location to a farther north
route, turing the "old line" into a park/transit system. CLICK
HERE to read the full story.
19-Oct @ 11:55 p.m. CDT
While eating lunch this afternoon, I was watching CNN in the student union.
They had a story about a member of the WLOX (Biloxi/Gulfport) team that
created two different videos. Images include Biloxi and Gulfport before
and after Hurricane Katrina devistated the area.
Many of these areas are places that I knew and went by almost every day
last spring. It is a startiling reminder of the power and devistation
a hurricane can produce. Take a few minutes to view these two videos,
I belevie that these will be one of the best ways to teach future generations
what has happened.
18-Oct @ 02:59 a.m. CDT
Two stories that may be of interest expecially after Hurricanes Kantrina
Hurricane Katrina Damage Reroutes NASA
Shuttle Booster Trips
Fla.—Segments of the NASA shuttle's solid-rocket boosters
are being rerouted to and from their Utah manufacturing plant because
of railway damage done by Hurricane Katrina, according to a story in
Florida Today of Melbourne, Fla. Katrina damaged almost 40 miles of
CSX rail line between New Orleans and Pascagoula, Miss., knocking out
six bridges on the route [including the briges crossing the bay of Bay
St. Louis, Miss., and the Biloxi's Back Bay—TPNet]
So NASA and booster manufacturer
ATK Thiokol are shipping segments over an alternate route that winds
through Alabama on its way to Kennedy Space Center (KSC). The 3,000-mile
trip between KSC and Corinne, Utah, now takes a day longer than the
typical 7 to 8 days to complete, but the new course carries the highly
flammable segments through less populated areas.
It's probably a better route,"
said ATK Thiokol program manager Russell Bakes. "We will continue
to maintain the old route as a way to go as well, but this is a very
viable route, and it's one that we are pleased with."
[Magazine] News Wire page for 12-Oct-2005.
New Orleans Amtrak Station Now Also A Courthouse
the second floor of the shabby Amtrak station, in a cavernous old room
with missing ceiling tiles and dingy green paint, a handful of tired
but well-humored people in jeans and T-shirts sat around folding tables
piled with scrounged office equipment, according to a story in the Chicago
Tribune. The recent scene was like any number of makeshift relief operations
that have been set up in unlikely places all over New Orleans.
But then the doors at the
rear of the room swung open and two guards herded 21 men in plastic
handcuffs into the back corner. A few minutes later, the doors swung
again, and a burly man with unkempt gray hair and a black robe draped
over his arm strode in, bear-hugged a woman he hadn't seen since before
Hurricane Katrina hit and called to order the 11:30 a.m. session of
bond hearings for the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court.
The real courthouse, a few
blocks away, was flooded by the hurricane, and engineers say it won't
reopen for as many as five months. The Amtrak station has been a godsend
- prisoners are jailed on the first floor and court is held on the second
On Monday, the courtroom
got its first high-profile defendants - three New Orleans police officers
charged in connection with the televised beating of a 64-year-old man
they were trying to arrest in the French Quarter.
But making do in a train
station will not be easy, especially for the prisoners.
The 21 men in handcuffs
last week were arrested mostly for curfew violations and small amounts
of drugs they were carrying when police stopped them. In the pre-Katrina
world, the busts would have been little more than a nuisance -- a night
in jail and then finding someone to go downtown to the courthouse to
bail them out in the morning.
But all the men given cash
bonds these days face a much more arduous path. Once bond is set, the
prisoners are bused to Hunt Correctional Center outside Baton Rouge.
And because the Orleans Parish court clerk's office has moved to temporary
offices in Baton Rouge, the money to get people out of jail must be
posted there -- a 90-minute drive north from New Orleans.
[Magazine] News Wire page for 12-Oct-2005.
14-Oct @ 06:00 p.m. CDT
After a month-plus after Hurricane Katrina smashed into the Gulf Coast,
things are starting to come back together. For example, U.S. Highway 90
is open but is limited to one way each direction and you must switch from
the eastbound lanes to westbound lanes and vice versa, due to damage to
One of the fellow members of an online newsgroup, has given me permission
to use some of his photographs of damage to the CSX Railroad in Bay St.
Louis, Biloxi, and Waveland. Click the images below to goto the page.
22-Sep @ 01:20 a.m. CDT
Well, with classes back in full swing, I have been putting a lot of effort
into classes, so I haven't really been able to work on these pages. I
went to Gulfport last weekend, words cannot explain it; it is amazing!
Just the power that nature has, there is not a word that can fully explain
I went to the Edgewater Mall (or what's left of it) and most of the other
building around the shopping center were totally distroyed. The McDonalds,
that sat along Highway 90, is now just a concrete pad, the only things
that tells you that it was a McD's was it's large sign.
I also went to dad's house, man it's going to be torn down -- the floors
and the entire structure is damaged. Most of the floors are now very brittle
and will crumble under very light pressure. To get around the house, you
have to walk on the beams or you will fall through the flooring and hit
the ground 10 feet below you. Trust me it was SCARY -- one of my feet
Anyway, I have the photos from the trip. CLICK
HERE to goto the pages. Note that there are a lot of pictures
and will take a while for each image to load.
13-Sep @ 10:00 p.m. CDT
First off, I want to apologize for not updating the page sooner. Second,
I will be heading down to Gulfport on Friday night, so depending on phone
service, people might not be able to get through -- just leave a message
and I'll try to call you back, or I will once I am back in Hattiesburg.
As for my education, classes have restarted, things are getting back
to normal, and I am still trying to get used to the new campus. It's strange
being on a larger campus, but I do like it. Have been getting to know
some people, though I am still guarded.
Anyway, I have heard one report, from one of my newsgroups, that CSX
is considering not to rebuild their line on the Mississippi Gulf Coasts.
Though I have gone to CSX's website, and have found opposite reports.
Have an early class tomorrow, so I better sign off for the night.
09-Sep @ 1:25 p.m. CDT
I am back in Hattiesburg.
All my services are back up and running, including Food Services, which
started serving meals today. Anyway have driven around town, a lot of
damage is apparent, though, not nearly as bad as Gulf Coast. I'll try
to have shots of the deviation later today or tomorrow.
07-Sep @ 8:30 a.m. EDT
We were supposed to leave at 4am this morning, but both Becky and I weren't
able to fall asleep...she called me at 12am telling me to readjust my
alarm for 8am. We are planning on leaving around 9am and heading to Hattiesburg
and then Becky heading down to Gulfport. If I am not able to update the
site, the server at the school is not running, and I will try to update
the site as soon as possible.
06-Sep @ 12:30 a.m. EDT
Have been doing some research and looked at the NOAA website, and have
found the satelite images of of northern Gulfport, including dad's surrounding
CLICK ABOVE TO SEE LARGER IMAGE
Dad is shipping the two cameras, he took to Gulfport, to
Atlanta, and we will pick them up and have them developed and scanned
for the site tomorrow.
04-Sep @ 11:00 p.m. EDT
Well, first off it has been a better day. Went to the doctor, got a new
Rx because I had the rest of my supply in Gulfport and i needed
it really bad.
Anyway, to get out of the hotel, Becky and I went via MARTA (Atlanta's
Mass Transit System, including light rail!!!) to Underground Atlanta,
the World of Coca-Cola, the CNN Center, and the Centennial Olympic Park.
Was great to get out of the hotel and see Atlanta. This is my first time
to be in Atlanta — not just I have "been to Atlanta" (at
it's airport) but actually, in Atlanta.
Here are some pictures from the adventure...CLICK
03-Sep @ 10:00 p.m. EDT
NEW INFORMATION: Granddad found us a new trailer to live in,
until we are able to rebuild. Is supposed to leave Arkansas on Monday
and arrive on Tuesday or Wednesday. Dad is still there in Gulfport, and
he said it is getting really bad there. There have been carjackings, robberies,
gun fights, etc., ect.
Becky and I will stay in Atlanta until next Saturday. We well leave Atlanta,
and head towards Hattiesburg, next Saturday (10-Sept.)
On a sad note, dad was talking to an official there (in Gulfport) are
thought to be more deaths than what the media is saying. Many say it is
easily 2,000 to over 5,000 dead.
03-Sep @ 3:45 p.m. EDT
I have added a link to the American Red Cross and a link to Salvation
Army's site, for donations.
Even if it's a dollar, it will help!
Also, have heard from my dad around 1pm EST.
He will stay in Gulfport, staying at the Gulfport-Biloxi International
Airport. Becky and I will stay in Atlanta, until either Tuesday (or later),
heading to Gulfport. I know that I will be heading back to Hattiesburg
on Saturday, the 10th, with classes resuming on that following Monday
Dad has taken a lot of photos, using two disposable cameras, I will try
to have them developed and scanned with in the next two weeks.
02-Sep @ 8:45 p.m. EDT
My dad has called in...
Dad's house was ruined, with water going over the railing in our Florida
Room and flowing into the living room. All the floors in the house are
warped and very soft, was able to get a lot of our belongings out, though
most were wet from the flooding. But we were able to come back and get
our things, while so many others will not be able to do that.
Dad will stay at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport tonight.
I have also learned that USM will reopen the dorms on the 10th of September,
with classes resuming on 12-Sep-05.
02-Sep @ 5:45 p.m. EDT
Have talked to Becky's son, Keven, said that my dad will be spending the
night in the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport -- probably due to
no power at the hotel. Also, dad is going to try to get to Becky's house
and try to see the status of his house today. He is supposed to call around
6 or 7pm EST tonight.
I will update the page as soon as I get off the phone with him.
02-Sep @ 3:00 p.m. EDT
Becky and I are still in the Atlanta metro. Dad left this morning at 4am
EST for Gulfport. He called in to tell us that Hattiesburg, MS, has been
hit really hard and as of this minute, supposedly, classes will meet no
sooner than 16-Sept.
More info to come...
02-Sep @ 4:00 a.m. EDT
Have been searching the web for some videos that will show what a devastating
blow Gulfport, Biloxi, and other areas affected by the storm. Here is
some video links from HurricaneTrack.com, I strongly
suggest you have a broadband connection:
01-Sep @ 10:50 p.m. EDT
We are still in the Atlanta, GA hotel. Dad will be leaving with some of
his co-workers this morning (at 4am EST) to Gulfport, to help with reopening
the hotel and also doing his other responsibilities. I will stay in Atlanta,
until either Jackson (MS) or Hattiesburg gets their services back.
No new news dealing with the house, though more dead —
more than 200 people confirmed dead. God Bless their
souls and their families.
Pray for the people in New Orleans and also everyone that are missing
their loved ones and without a home; there are A LOT of people that are
a lot worse off than me.
31-Aug @ 8:20 p.m. Looking through all the different sites, the Sun Herald Newspaper's
editor sums it all up...
"Generations of Mississippi Coast dwellers have enjoyed their
piece of paradise with a certain enthusiastic embrace of the good life
that is a part of our heritage. The good times have rolled through the
decades with a party that never quite ends fueled in more recent times
with the glitz of electric lit rows of casinos and a booming economy."
the entire article.
31-Aug @ 8:00 p.m.
Here are some photos from
Panama City Beach, Fla. taken on Tuesday. Note that, Panama
City Beach is over 200 miles away from Gulfport. Also, these photos were
taken around 6pm, and the eye of the storm was north of Hattiesburg, MS
at that time. These waves are over 25 feet high and the
wind is blowing over 25mph constantly, with over 50mph gusts.
More updates and also photos will come...
31-Aug @ 6:30 p.m.
We are now in the Atlanta, GA metro. (Near Atlanta's Six Flags theme park.)
If you NEED to talk to us, call (770) 739-2800,
We do have some hope on my dad's house. Most of the reports of the Biloxi
River flowing over the I-10 bridge (which is over 50ft. high), is not
true, though we are not 100%, not even 50% sure it's still there,
but we are praying.
Below is the website of WLOX-TV (a NBC affiliate in Biloxi/Gulfport)
of the area around Gulfport's & Biloxi's coast area. Most of these
area's were my "night life" took place.
30-Aug @ 11:25 p.m.
Will be moving to Atlanta, GA tomorrow morning. Have talked to members
of my school in Hattiesburg, MS, and was told that it might be more than
two weeks before we can restart classes.
Have had some good news though, my Dad's girlfriend's house is in bad
shape but IS STILL THERE...Still, no confirmation on my dad's house, though.
30-Aug @ 11:52 a.m.
Have not heard anything new -- as of yet. Though, we are starting to make
plans on How, When, & Where we are going to go. Downtown Gulfport
and surrounding areas are confirmed decimated.
Only major commercial and residential buildings are still standing. Do
not know status on the house though.
I will upload some pictures later on tonight.
If you need to get a hold of us call us at the Bay Point Marriott in
Panama City Beach, Fla. by calling: 1-800-874-7105 room
2239 or 2240.
30-Aug @ 1:35 a.m.
We have heard some unconfirmed information about the Biloxi River flowing
over I-10. At normal tide, the bridge is over 30 ABOVE
Also, many friends that are in the area, are reporting that the information
that is provided by the national outlets is not as devastating as it ACTUALLY
Our plan is to stay in Florida until further notice. Will try to update
page by 5pm, with hopefully more info...and pictures...
29-Aug @ 12:45 p.m.
Hurricane Katrina has struck the Gulf Coast, narrowly missing New Orleans,
though has hit Gulfport, Miss. -- where my father lives. Due to information
provided by different news channels, we are fearing the worst, our house
has been destroyed.
We are currently in Panama City Beach, Fla. and planning to stay here
until we are allowed to return.
Please pray for all the victims affected by this storm...