Hurricane Hermine Lights up US Gulf and East Coast

Jason Lock

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Updated 380d ago

The US' east and Gulf coast lit up late last week as Hurricane Hermine tore across the region.

Following Hurricane Gaston, Hermine set off spots across the east after making landfall in Florida, the first to strike the state in 11-years. The result? Take a peek at the ensuing gallery below from Pensacola by photographer Shane Dye. And, bonus, snapshots of how Hermine set off Long Beach and further afield also included.

© 2017 - Shane Dye.

Of the swell, Ben Freeston, magicseaweed's head forecaster said: ''Hurricane Hermine was surfing in the storm writ large. There'll be plenty of surfers familiar with the idea: you let a local storm run over, hunker down during the victory at sea stage and strike the moment it rolls on bringing strong offshore winds.

© 2017 - NOAA

''With winds rotating counter clockwise around northern hemisphere storms, this phenomena relies on a storm tracking to the south of a west-east coastline or, as in this example, running north up the US East Coast. Something that Hermine did almost perfectly at times, staying over the coast for most of its journey and losing only a little power en route.

© 2017 - Shane Dye.

''Typical in the winter when Nor'Easters can deliver in a similar fashion, this short fetch swell generation works best when the storm is intense and as large as possible. Hermine met the bill here.

© 2017 - Shane Dye.

''Despite coastal damage from a hurricane strength landfall on the panhandle, decent waves were to be had on both the gulf and east coasts. While this traverse isn't too unusual you'd have to head back to Andrea in 2013 and Barry in 2007 for a taste of the same and neither storm played ball quite as nicely for surfers in their later stages.''

© 2017 - Shane Dye.

© 2017 - Shane Dye.

© 2017 - Shane Dye.

© 2017 - Shane Dye.

© 2017 - Shane Dye.

© 2017 - Shane Dye.

Will Skudin is never far from a NY swell.

Will Skudin is never far from a NY swell.

© 2017 - Joe O'Connor

Long Beach tunnels.

Long Beach tunnels.

© 2017 - Joe O'Connor

© 2017 - Joe O'Connor

© 2017 - Joe O'Connor

© 2017 - Joe O'Connor

© 2017 - Joe O'Connor

Sterling Spencer at Pensacola.

Sterling Spencer at Pensacola.

© 2017 - Alex Dantin

...and Sterling again.

...and Sterling again.

© 2017 - Alex Dantin

St Andrews State park, Panama City Beach.

St Andrews State park, Panama City Beach.

© 2017 - Alex Dantin

Matthew Glenn at Panama City Beach.

Matthew Glenn at Panama City Beach.

© 2017 - Alex Dantin

A-frame at Panama City Beach? Sure.

A-frame at Panama City Beach? Sure.

© 2017 - Alex Dantin

© 2017 - Alex Dantin

Seeking cover at Panama City Beach.

Seeking cover at Panama City Beach.

© 2017 - Alex Dantin