Saturday, July 2, 2011

Follow-up from Thursday's Storms

Everyone who ended up in the water after Thursday's storm is safe.  See the NBC 5 story.  6 people from three small boats sailing out of Montrose Harbor ended up in the water.  My favorite quote from the article:

A fire department rescue boat pulled two other sailors from a third sailboat to safety. 
"From the fire department's standpoint, we're there when you need us.  And in this situation they needed us, and we were there," said Purl.
Fireboat leaving the scene Thursday.

It's nice to know there's help when you need it.  The best course of action, of course, is to be careful and prepared so you don't need help.  This level of response isn't available in most places on Lake Michigan.

There were (no exaggeration) nearly 20 emergency vehicles, including the fire helicopter and various rescue boats (Chicago Police, Coast Guard, and Chicago Fire Department).  They were stationed at both north and south parking lots, at Belmont and Lake Shore Drive, on the shore, and more I'm sure at Montrose Harbor.  
Part of the Response at Belmont Harbor's Entrance.  A Coast Guard
boat is in the background. 
The storm was the real star of the night.  The second storm, the one with the vivid lightning and hail, was mostly after dark so it was too dark for any meaningful pictures.  This gives you a feel for how ominous it was before the body of the storm hit.
Storm Clouds from the deck of Donnybrook.

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