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Gulfport Beach Underwater, Downtown Streets Flooded, Kayakers Spotted

Gulfport City Officials have blocked off 58th St. S. near Town Shores, Gulfport Beach is underwater and low-lying areas are flooding from today's storm.

ST. PETERSBURG, FL -- Low lying streets in Gulfport, including Beach and Shore Boulevards, are nearly impassible. The downpour of rain combined with higher tides and breaking waves has left Gulfport Beach underwater.

The dock near the Gulfport Recreation Center is receiving a direct hit; wood planks could be seen floating ashore.

Officials have put up a "road closed" sign on 58th St. S. near Town Shores, as the water levels continue to rise.

Drivers are urged not to go out on flooded streets. Most flood deaths take place in cars, because flooded roads may be deeper than they appear. Vehicles may be swept off roadways.

Despite on Gulfport, a few adventure seekers were lured outdoors during the storm. A couple of kayakers could be seen cruising on Shore Boulevard on Sunday afternoon.

Cherlene Willis June 24, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Yep! It was crazy out there!
Joshua Armstrong June 24, 2012 at 08:54 PM
I just swam a 1/2 mile home down 58th street! I live at Seaside Villas.
Cherlene Willis June 24, 2012 at 08:55 PM
Oh my! Glad you made it in one piece!
Dan B June 24, 2012 at 11:27 PM
Wow what a great story! My new favorite sight!!!
mtober June 25, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Thanks for all of the pics Cherlene!
Sunde Farquhar June 25, 2012 at 12:49 AM
Great photos, storm girl!
Nettle Greenman June 25, 2012 at 01:52 AM
You know, this flooding is all your fault, Gulfport--when you held "Aquamania," you forgot to mention that all the aqua was supposed to stay out in the Gulf! ;
Rob Fowler June 25, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Our closest weather station is in South Pasadena with a wind gust of 48 mph and 8.71 inches of rain today. Whew! http://www.wunderground.com/weatherstation/WXDailyHistory.asp?ID=KFLSTPET32
Rob Fowler June 25, 2012 at 02:37 AM
The video clip I put up is from Upham Beach. I didn't think it took being a bit large, but I see it here. The clip shows sustained Tropical Storm force winds we have enjoyed most of the day when near the water. By the way, St. Pete Beach and Pass-a-Grille were as flooded as Gulfport. What a mess! We left Pass-a-grille just before the tornado hit. (Actually I would have loved to get a photo of it!)
Rob Fowler June 25, 2012 at 02:49 AM
We stocked up on batteries, propane (so we can cook everything in our fridge and freezer if we need to), and water in case we lose power for a couple days or so. I doubt we'll have another 9 inches of rain, even though we could, but I can sure see the winds getting a little more intense. We lost power this morning and it was a wake up call for us. This storm ain't no joke, and unpredictable as all get out. Don't let this one, or any other, take you by surprise. In 2004 I remember going to sleep thinking Hurricane Jeane was done. We lost power around 3am and it was off for four days. Debbie is being enigmatic, and anything is possible.
Pmary Novak June 25, 2012 at 03:53 AM
Just...Yuk,..and Kayak!!!
Wes Mallory June 25, 2012 at 05:18 AM
Cherlene Willis, thank you for the great pictures. You have a great talent.
Lori Rosso June 25, 2012 at 11:54 AM
I am still a Peninsula at the Sea Breeze Manor. Surrounded. Not as high as yesterday. Should have seen the view from my cozy home at 4 a.m. when the wind was whipping and waves breaking against my home, it was surreal. At one point I crossed Shore it was up to my thighs as I stepped off the sidewalk. I hope the folks who think it is a hoot to run their monster trucks thru the water realize they are flooding people's homes as they do so and STOP doing it.
Lori Rosso June 25, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Rob, you are so right. I have been living here for 10 years and I have never been prepared, time to take things seriously and rectify that. This storm was the worst I have experienced because it came directly off the water, in the past we have been hit on the side or back. Never seen the water so high for so long either.
Cherlene Willis June 25, 2012 at 03:50 PM
Thanks Rob for uploading a video clip! Wow, you can hear how loud the wind was last night.
Cherlene Willis June 25, 2012 at 03:51 PM
I drove by and took more photos today and it's crazy how some of the streets (including Shore Blvd.) are still flooded. Even at 11 a.m., still several inches of water.
Cherlene Willis June 25, 2012 at 03:51 PM
Thanks Wes! I got drenched out there, but it was worth it!
John H. June 25, 2012 at 04:34 PM
I don't know the area, but have a friend at 56th St S and 19th Ave S in Gulfport. Any word of what's happening there? Can't raise him via phone or email.
John H. June 25, 2012 at 05:01 PM
Just got him on the phone, all's ok.
noreen congelos June 25, 2012 at 05:03 PM
how is hoyt field just bought house across the street on 56th but in ct. right now
Cherlene Willis June 25, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Noreen, When I drove by around 11 this morning, the street to the east of the field was flooded, but water was draining. I didnt see the field though. Will try to drive by next time I'm in that area.
Cherlene Willis June 25, 2012 at 05:17 PM
John H. , Glad to hear you were able to get a hold of your friend. Many streets were back open this afternoon, although they still have a couple of inches of water.
Bob June 25, 2012 at 07:07 PM
How long before we see a DUI kayaker? Now that would be a sight watching a four wheeling sheriff chasing a suspected DUI kayaker down the street. at least would lighten the mood for a while.
Cherlene Willis June 25, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Noreen, I just drove by Hoyt Field! It looks fine!
Rosie Frenzy June 26, 2012 at 05:27 PM
Wow! I was just there on vacation. Amazing!
Barb Kansorka June 26, 2012 at 07:14 PM
So how is Town Shores surviving? Are 1st floor homes in water?
CJ June 26, 2012 at 10:59 PM
Looks like you could have used them at the dunk tank! You are such a good sport!
CJ June 26, 2012 at 11:07 PM
Good luck to all the shops, stores, and restaurants getting back in shape after the water has gone down. I will keep watch for volunteer efforts in the next week or so and try my best to chip in.
CJ June 28, 2012 at 04:54 PM
I think all the people who were bad shots got lucky when it was your turn in the dunk tank.
CJ June 28, 2012 at 04:57 PM
...you friend does not want to hear from you any more, he quit smoking...and yes, we are all aware you don't know the area...but was surprised you ever had any friends...lol! (its a joke ''John'' ''whatever'')...

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