Tropical Storm Bonnie is beginning to impact our area. Ft. Pickens Area - Gulf Islands National Seashore will be closing at 10:00 p.m. tonight since the surf is anticipated to build rapidly tomorrow. Even a high tide can occasionally cause the road to flood, but with a Tropical Storm coming near, the west end of the island is most certainly going to be breached. News reports are currently warning of 8' - 9' waves on Saturday and up to 12' on Sunday.
Campers are currently being told they must leave Ft. Pickens today and that the campgrounds will not reopen until the storm has passed and the area inspected for damage/hazards to campers.
With incredible timing, the first sea turtle nest we had this year (June 4), an endangered Kemp's ridley who wandered all around that day, is scheduled to be excavated this afternoon. The eggs will be loaded in special containers and Fed Ex'd to the Atlantic Coast where they will hatch and be released into oil-free water. Considering the location of this nest, it could have been flooded or washed away.
Hopefully I will be able to share photos of the excavation portion of the relocation with you later tonight or tomorrow.
To all my little hurricane buddies from Minnesota to Louisiana and all points in between - high alert!