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How might Cindy and Dennis affect my weekend to P City?

Discussion in 'Storm Watch' started by dlwalke, Jul 5, 2005.

  1. dlwalke

    dlwalke Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Atlanta
    I don't have enough experience to know about such things, so I am wondering what some of the more experienced divers in the area are expecting. I am driving down THur night and hoped to dive Fri and Saturday and maybe Sunday (both off of a boat and at the St. Andrew Jetties). Looks now like Tropical Storm Cindy is coming ashore early Wed morning a couple of hundred miles east of P City (in East LA) and will track northeast after that. Dennis (currently a Tropical Storm) is expected to be just south of the western part of Cuba Friday morning and just north of the western part of Cuba Saturday morning. I would guess mid-Gulf by Sunday. If this holds true, is it likely that the viz will be lousy? Is an expected tropical depression or storm landfall 200 miles to the west likely to have a big negative influence on the diving. Should I book an offshore rather than inshore trip (i.e., is the viz better the further offshore you go, or is it just going to mean a longer uncomfortable ride)? What would the best alternative dive be (i.e., a spring in the area that's worth diving)? I've already got $75 on 3-days of camping at St. Andrews and have a 3-day weekend, so I'm not eager to postpone.

    Thanks for any input,
  2. Tom Smedley

    Tom Smedley Tommy ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives:
    Location: Montgomery, AL

    The storms will affect you primarly in sea conditions.
    Tonight the prediction is 5 to 7 foot seas building to 8 - 10 feet
    Tomorrow 10 to 15 foot seas
    Thursday 4 to 6 feet subsiding to 3 to 4
    Friday 2 Feet but the vis will be ugly
    Saturday 2 to 4 and on Sunday 4 to 6 as Dennis enters the Gulf

    Right now the buoy 115 nm southeast of Pensacola is registering 5.9 foot waves with a six second interval.

    Since you are camping you probably can expect some rain.

    This is turning out to be the second frustrating summer in a row for us divers.

    Good luck
  3. Bill51

    Bill51 Instructor, Scuba

  4. fun2chase

    fun2chase Nassau Grouper

  5. CBulla

    CBulla ~..facebook conch..~ ScubaBoard Supporter

    As the storm season churns.. I guess I'll be doing more freshwater dives with the shop and new student classes :)
  6. frogman_5

    frogman_5 Solo Diver

    Any reputable facility (camping or otherwise) should refund your money if you're stay there would put you at risk, or even just be a guaranteed miserable experience. Call and see what their policy is.

    Just checked the forecast and the northern gulf coast is definitely not a place I'd want to be this weekend! :11:
  7. Ana

    Ana Solo Diver

    This morning things were not too bad around the pass, but the water looked like chocolate, with clouds of weak coffee.

    Unless something else comes along you should have decent conditions as far as navigation but you may have to use inches (instead of feet) to describe the visibility.
  8. jham2081

    jham2081 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: WI (city of parks)
    I'm supposed to take our church youth group to a camp in Panama City, Fl (leaving this friday the 15th). Does anyone know if that area is under mandatory evac? It looks like PCB is close to the eastern edge of the projected path of Dennis. Any info would be quite useful. Links to useful sites would be great too. (I know it will have made land fall by the time we leave, but I also know damage lingers on for years).
  9. frogman_5

    frogman_5 Solo Diver

    Because hurricanes rotate CCW, the highest winds and worst flooding are usually on the east side (for a north bound storm). Panama City may be far enough away to escape major damage, but call the campground on Monday to see how they fared through the ordeal.

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