Hurricane Frances Blog

Hurricane Frances, The Hurricane The Would Not Give Up!

This is my Hurricane Frances photography and video blog from Ft. Pierce, Florida and Northern Hutchinson Island Florida during the two days of Hurricane Frances.

For Hurricane Frances, I shot a lot of footage over the two days it took for the hurricane to come on shore. Our group started out the day in Fort Pierce, FL and after reviewing the latest weather data, we knew it was the place to be so that we could be in the northern eye wall.

Along with us for this chase we also had a film crew from Germany who wanted to document a Hurricane. They got more then they were expecting...

Update:  If your looking to purchase any of the photography I shot during Hurricane Frances, they are now sold via my SmugMug gallery.  Click here to view the Hurricane Frances SmugMug Gallery.

I also have a Hurricane Frances video that is sold on my Per Project stock footage collection.  Click here to view my hurricane Per Project footage page.

If you want to view the whole Hurricane Frances video collection from BNVN, click here to see all of our time-coded stock footage.


The Hurricane Frances video on the left is my Per Project video that includes footage of the Hutchinson Island Causeway Trailer Park being destroyed.  It is a sample of my footage but to see all the footage we shot during Hurricane Frances which roof flying in the air, debris flying past the camera and the insane sand storm, go to BNVN.com.

Here is a satellite and radar image of our location. For Hurricane Frances we positioned ourselves in Fort Pierce Florida, where the worst of the storm would make landfall. We managed to get over to the barrier island and Fort Pierce Beach to wait for the storm to hit us.

Here are the photographs that I shot during Hurricane Frances.

Hurricane France Video Hurricane France Video As soon as I got off the plane in Orlando on Thursday, I hit the ground running . The Orlando Airport was jam packed with people trying to get out of Florida and out of the path of Hurricane Frances.

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The roads were packed with almost 3 million people trying to flee Hurricane Frances.

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Also going into the area was the DOWs crew to position their mobile radar into the eye of the storm.

Hurricane France photographs Even the kids were serious about guarding their stuff and their neighborhood from looters. Tyler is ready to shoot someone and I think he really wanted to bust open someone's head with that 12 gauge.

All around Florida, people would board up their homes and then spray paint messages on the boards.

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As I got ready the day before the storm chase on the drive up on the Florida Turnpike to Fort Pierce, I was able to take some cool photographs between the outer rain bands.

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Here is me the night before when I did a TV Interview and I looked like hell since I was already up for almost 24 hours. I think I scared some of the locals who were watching but I just told the truth and said we were there to chase a hurricane that will be doing damage and destruction...

After the TV Interview with 12/29 WPEC all of the chasers at the hotel got together for a quick group photograph.

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Hurricane France photographs In Fort Pierce and the worst of Hurricane Frances is now coming towards us in the coming hours.

This boater swims out to his dingy to secure it to the back of his boat. I think he was going to ride out the storm in his boat and I was not the only one that was watching him prepare to die...

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Hurricane France photographs Now it is play time. I setup my camera to take photos of myself on a timer. The wind was blowing and the storm was kicking my butt. It got to the point I had to put on the head gear due to the flying debris.
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Hurricane France photographs Jason takes some weather data to report back to report to the National Hurricane Center.
Hurricane France photographs Here is a bar on Hutchinson Island before it got destroyed by the storm surge and waves from hurricane Frances.

While on Hutchinson Island, we documented the mobile home park before the worst of the storm hit during the night. We spent a lot of time around this area and shot a lot of the footage that ended up being used in the National Geographic Hurricane Documentary about hurricane Frances.

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Hurricane Chaser Chris Collura watches the storm one minute then watches debris fly past him the next...

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Jason takes more reports to send to the National Hurricane Center

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ddddThe waters were wicked and the surge was coming in on the island near the base of the bridge.

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The Hurricane Flags Were Flying On Hutchinson Island.

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After The Storm, the damage from Hurricane Frances was everywhere. My base camp hotel was well inland in the town of Okeechobee Florida. Here is a collection of storm damage photographs from Okeechobee Florida.

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The Hurricane Sign above that is bent over is a sign of how the whole part of central Florida looks. The Insurance Sign is classic. And the Stop Sign, Well, All three of these photographs pretty much describe the state of Central Florida. Beaten, Trashed, and Under Water...

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Parking lots all over the town of Okeechobee where I stayed the next two days were flooded.

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Damage was everywhere

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d was coming to the rescue to the town and soon life was starting to get back to normal. Somewhat normal, where normal was now redefined as people not ready to kill each other with bad driving and bad tempers...

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Even as the clean up was just getting started, the severe weather was back. Wall Clouds were forming over the town of Okeechobee Florida. Trees down, and even the fire stations radio tower down, the town was getting kicked when it was down.

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More damage in and around Okeechobee Florida.

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With the clean up underway, some people were out looking for business while others were under contract and getting tons of work...

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As soon as the power came back, the long lines at the gas station started.

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Chris and I had to go back to Fort Pierce Florida to check out the damage and to look for Jason's truck which broke down in the middle of the storm and he had to leave it on Hutchinson Island.

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The Pier where we first started out was now gone, not damaged, but gone...

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The place under the bridge where we took refuge before the second half of the eye wall hit turned into a war zone. Debris was all over the place where we took shelter before the winds shifted.

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And Last But Not Least...

It seems like every time I went to Florida in August and September of 2004, the toll roads were free...

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