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Hurricane Bob


Bob, a Category 2 hurricane at its peak power, caused $2.3 million in damages and forced the evacuation of some 80,000 people. Most of the damage was in Louisiana from July 9-12, 1979.


Bob formed as a depression in the southwest Gulf of Mexico on July 9th and began moving northeast in advance of a low pressure trough approaching from the west. An Air Force reconnaissance plane reported a developing tropical storm centered about 400 miles south of the Louisiana coast on the morning of July 10th with winds of 60 mph and lowest pressure of 998 mb.

Bob was upgraded to a hurricane early in the evening on the 10th as an afternoon reconnaissance flight reported hurricane force winds and a pressure of 988 mb. Bob turned more to the north and accelerated to a forward speed of 17 mph as it crossed the Louisiana coast near Grand Isle, Louisiana, about day break on July 11th.

The maximum sustained wind of 75 mph and minimum central pressure of 986 mb occurred near landfall. The remnants of Bob gave 3-5 inches of rain in southern Indiana, causing significant flooding. Bob turned southeast and moved across northeast North Carolina on the 15th as a tropical depression before moving back out to sea.

Source: NOAA.


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"Hurricane Bob was horrific. As I lay in my bathtub, my dog came in and barked loudly to let me know something was going down. So, I asked him what was the problem and i followed him to my living quarters to see that my lawn furniture was sitting in my living room. Shocked as I was, I realized that my rooftop was about to rip at the seams. So of course I yelled and my dog ran qucikly as far as possible. Well, I just ran back into my bathtub thinking that it was the safest place and waited it out. There was sand everywhere, I couldn't get it off of me for days. My home was destroyed and my lawn furniture forever ruined. Because of the hurricane it ruined my whole life. I got into thousands of dollars in debt to rebuild my home. I hate you Bob and I forever will."

--Betty Sue of Angelica Point

"My parents and I were vacationing in New Orleans when Hurricane Bob struck the Louisiana coast. I had just celebrated my 13th birthday when news of an impending storm became the hot topic poolside at the Hilton.

Being a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, I was quite excited to experience a hurricane first hand. In Seattle, hurricanes are always distant events, viewed through television and newspapers. Now I had the opportunity to see one first hand.

To my disappointment, Bob was nothing more than a full gale by the time it hit New Orleans. The destruction I witnessed was limited to garbage bag trees, planted only days earlier in front of the hotel, being blow out of the ground. Occasionally, a garbage can would file by and dumpsters moved on their own, often blocking the alleyways in which they resided. But that was it. I was a little disappointed not to see cars, mobile homes or phone booths flying through the air.

Nonetheless, I have the distinction of having be a participant in the first hurricane with a male name."

--Sean Inge

"I had just started my first real job (at Amoco Production Co. - oil industry) . Graduated from Boston College in June and moved to New Orleans on July 1st. So my second week on the job was when the hurricane hit New Orleans. I arrived at work from my hotel down the street on the 11th (?) to discover that work had been cancelled. The few of us who had arrived watched (from the 'Amoco Building' on Poydras St. next to the Hyatt Hotel, adjacent to the Superdome)as the wind picked up.

Numerous sheets of plywood and construction material was blown off a building being constructed next door (Later the 'Mobil building'). It seemed fairly innocent until something got thrown against the Hyatt, broke a window and the wind started shredding the drapes from that room. Shortly after that, a full sheet of plywood was slammed against the building, hung there for a moment and then slid down the building and ended with a huge crash many floors below. After that we backed away from the windows, and soon headed 'home' being very careful of flying debris.

Interestingly, another Hurricane Bob (in 1981 ?) passed right over my parent's house on Cape Cod years later."

--kevin c.

"Me and my best friend were in the cap on a three day vacation waking up to a hang over tape windows and a dead T. V. We realized the town would shut down by noon. We made our way to stock up on storm supplies like ice, water, chips, and beer! Playing 3 full games of monopoly smoking cigars and drinking beer and making our way to box car willy' where we sharred a few pints with a local news reporter who said it was the only bar on the cape still open. Those single days in the Cape are over now but those memories arefun to recall. "




Courtesy of NOAA

Date(s): July 11, 1979

Location: Southern United States

Deaths: 1


Damage: $2.3M

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