26 December 2006


Stormy Christmas Monday

SECOND UPDATE: Todd says he didn't take the pictures. He just posted them. I'll try to find out who took them.

UPDATE: Todd Sherman, ERAU BSCE (Computer Engineering) alumnus (and all around great guy), has pics up at his Flickr site.

The pic above was appropriated from there.

We had severe weather in this area yesterday, but I didn't find out about it until talking to one of my brothers back in Tennessee who asked if we'd gotten blown away. A system blew through and did damage across the northern and central portions of Florida, as close as Deland, about 10 miles from us.

Of a more personal impact, what they're calling an F2 tornado ripped through my school, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Here's the text of the e-mail employees got yesterday evening that's also the current content of the University's web site:
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University's Daytona Beach campus suffered extensive damage from the severe Christmas Day storm that hit the Daytona area. There is substantial damage to several buildings on campus including the administration building, Spruance Hall, and the Student Center. The maintenance hangar was destroyed and there was damage to a high percentage of the fleet of planes.

The recovery is already underway and every effort is being made to have everything operational when classes resume in January - including using rental planes for the flight line.

In the meantime, people are asked not to visit the campus until it is declared safe by the authorities. At that time, there will be an advisory noting that the campus is again open.
Stories with pictures (as of now) from the News-Journal here and here. The online version fails to note that the banner headline on the print edition of the N-J is "TWISTMAS". Groan.

As far as I know now, everyone I work with and the facilities I work in, both office and hangar, are fine. It was good it was Christmas, and that no one was around. Still, getting things back up and running for the spring semester, including coming up with replacement planes, will be a major chore for University leadership. Good look to 'em. I'm sure all will do what is necessary to help.

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