NWS STATION ID: JBHT2

PRELIMINARY STORM REPORT...HURRICANE CLAUDETTE
ISSUED BY THE JAMAICA BEACH WEATHER OBSERVATORY
12:30 PM CDT WED JUL 16 2003
 

A. WIND DATA...

JAMAICA BEACH WEATHER OBSERVATORY (JBHT2)

MAX 2-MIN...090 DEGREES 41 MPH AT 0244 CDT JUL 15 2003
PEAK GUST...100 DEGREES 55 MPH AT 0248 CDT JUL 15 2003
 

B. LOWEST PRESSURE...

JAMAICA BEACH..................1008.0 MB AT 0715 CDT JUL 15 2003
 

C. RAINFALL...

DAILY RAINFALL TOTALS (MDNT TO MDNT CST) 01:00 TO 01:00 CDT

JAMAICA BEACH.............. 0.23 IN JUL 14 2003
                            2.26 IN JUL 15 2003

STORM TOTAL RAINFALL....... 2.49 IN JUL 14-15 2003
 

MAX RAIN TOTALS IN 1, 6, 12, AND 24 HR PERIODS

JAMAICA BEACH..............1 HR...0.56 IN 0300-0400 CDT JUL 15 2003
                           6 HR...1.56 IN 0100-0700 CDT JUL 15 2003
                          12 HR...2.28 IN 2300-1100 CDT JUL 14-15 2003
                          24 HR...2.38 IN 1800-1800 CDT JUL 14-15 2003

D. STORM SURGE...

MAXIMUM TIDE READINGS...

JAMAICA BEACH..............5.70 FT MLLW AT 1100 CDT JUL 15 2003
 

E. BEACH EROSION...

EXTENSIVE BEACH EROSION ON THE WESTERN PART OF GALVESTON ISLAND
WITH SEVERAL FEET OF SAND LOSS UNDERNEATH MANY BEACHFRONT HOMES.
THE EROSION FROM CLAUDETTE WAS MADE WORSE BY THE EARLIER EFFECTS
OF TROPICAL STORM FRANCES (1998) AND TROPICAL STORM FAY (2002).
 

F. FLOODING........

THE STORM SURGE FROM CLAUDETTE COMPLETELY OVERTOPPED A LARGE
PART OF THE CITY OF JAMAICA BEACH INCLUDING SALTWATER 2 FEET
DEEP AT THE JAMAICA BEACH WEATHER OBSERVATORY. THE MAXIMUM
TIDE OF 5.7 FT ABOVE MEAN LOWER LOW WATER WAS 0.3 FEET HIGHER
THAN TROPICAL STORM FAY (5.4 FT MLLW) IN 2002 BUT WAS 1.4 FT
LOWER THAN TROPICAL STORM FRANCES (7.1 FT MLLW) IN 1998. MANY
STREETS WERE FLOODED SEVERAL FEET DEEP AND IMPASSABLE INCLUDING
SANDPIPER ROAD AND BOB SMITH ROAD IN FRONT OF THE WEATHER
OBSERVATORY. A LARGE AMOUNT OF DEBRIS WAS CARRIED ONTO FM 3005
(MAIN HIGHWAY) IN JAMAICA BEACH FROM THE HIGH STORM SURGE AND
WAVE ACTION FROM THE GULF OF MEXICO.
 

G. TORNADOES.......

SEVERAL WATERSPOUTS WERE OBSERVED OVER THE GULF OF MEXICO
OFF GALVESTON ISLAND ON MONDAY MORNING (14TH).
 

H. STORM EFFECTS...

THE EYE OF HURRICANE CLAUDETTE PASSED 70 MILES SOUTHWEST
OF JAMAICA BEACH FROM 0700 TO 0800 CDT PRIOR TO MAKING
LANDFALL EAST OF PORT O'CONNOR, TX AT 1000 CDT TUESDAY.
MANY STRUCTURES RECEIVED MINOR TO MODERATE DAMAGE FROM THE
COMBINATION OF STORM SURGE FLOODING...POUNDING WAVES AND
TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS. DAMAGE WAS GENERALLY WORSE
AT BEACHFRONT HOMES. SEVERAL VEHICLES WERE FLOODED AND
LEFT ABANDONED AT VARIOUS PLACES ON WEST GALVESTON ISLAND
WHEN THE STORM SURGE FLOODED ROADS RENDERING THEM IMPASSABLE.
A VOLUNTARY EVACUATION WAS REQUESTED FOR RESIDENTS OF WEST
GALVESTON ISLAND...INCLUDING JAMAICA BEACH...ON MONDAY
MORNING ABOUT 24 HOURS PRIOR TO CLAUDETTE'S LANDFALL. THIS
REQUEST WAS HEEDED BY MANY RESIDENTS WHO STILL HAD MEMORIES
OF BEING TRAPPED BY RISING TIDES DURING TROPICAL STORM
FRANCES NEARLY FIVE YEARS EARLIER. THE EVACUATION REQUEST
WAS WIDELY DISTRIBUTED VIA THE NEWS MEDIA...INTERNET...AND
THE EMERGENCY PHONE ("ALL CALL") NOTIFICATION SYSTEM.
JAMAICA BEACH RESIDENTS RECEIVED AUTOMATED PHONE CALLS FROM
BOTH THE CITY OF JAMAICA BEACH AND THE CITY OF GALVESTON.
PARTS OF JAMAICA BEACH (BUT NOT THE WEATHER OBSERVATORY)
LOST ELECTRICITY FOR MOST OF THE DAY ON TUESDAY (15TH).
NO KNOWN INJURIES OR DEATHS IN THE CITY OF JAMAICA BEACH.
 
 

JIM O'DONNEL
JAMAICA BEACH WEATHER OBSERVATORY

$$