Intense Hurricane Irene Eyewall Video Hope Town Abaco Bahamas

New Hurricane Irene Film Released! "Hurricane Irene - Journey To Hope Town". Now available on DVD and Blu-Ray!

New Amazing Hurricane Irene Video From Great Abaco / Hope Town | Player Defaults to HD

Earlier this afternoon, I finally received some of the raw Hurricane Irene video footage from Hurricane Chaser Jim Edds in Hope Town, Bahamas. Category 3 Hurricane Irene’s eye tracked directly over Great Abaco Island and Elbow Cay, and Jim was there to film it yesterday afternoon. He was also able to give me a rundown via cell phone of the peak of the storm, and how the island is doing the day after Irene, and I have including that audio in the video above. Look for additional video from Jim in the coming days when he returns to Florida this weekend. You can also read the blog posts updates during the storm yesterday here.

Hurricane Irene winds

Note: Upcoming Jim Edds CNN Interview Tonight

Look for Jim LIVE tonight from Hope Town on CNN Anderson Cooper 360, talking about Hurricane Irene, and showing the amazing footage you see here.

Reader Comments (16)

Wow! Thanks so much for sharing.
August 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLorraine
I have never been in a hurricane and that looks scary! Good interview video.
August 26, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJustin
Outstanding job, Jim. Great work providing these video updates from one of our favorite places to visit. I'm so happy to hear that it wasn't too bad. Awesome video too!
August 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJessica Lang
I couldn’t imagine what the media would do with real hurricane winds like these along the east coast. They are insane this morning with their coverage. Jim say’s that the people of Hope Town were ready, and handled Irene without any hype. Good for them!
August 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobert Hernandez

cool video. we have a home near hopetown and was curious as to the storms impact. thanks for the update. rick
August 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrichard creech
Thanks for being crazy enough to stick your head out during the storm!
August 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Bethel Wiggs
You did a good job.thanks for a job well done.
August 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterteresa walker
Thanks so much.
August 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterccash
Thank you for this video. Great job. I would love to have more of your coverage burned to a DVD. Any chance you could put something together?
August 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Marinak
Great pictures guys! I saw this video on CNN this morning and recognized the Hope Town lighthouse right away in the strong winds. My husband and I have vacationed there several times in recent years and adore it. Best wishes to everyone!
August 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary Bernard
Thank you Jim for your informative descriptions and images that show us how this beautiful paradise fared through Irene!! Our hearts and minds have been with all the residents and visitors of beautiful Hope Town. Those videos took some serious courage!!
August 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNancy
glad to hear the island came out well. wonder how the places on the harbour madeout. the folks at captain jacks? took us in like family when we visited. hope you came out unscathed. sean still there? are the mcauley's [sp] dan and joette still on the island at the "crews nest"? if so maggie says hello. want to visit soon!! great video!! we haven't seen any thing on the news. all too interested in ny rather than a piece of paradise. god be with you all.
August 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterjohn revyn
Read all your posts - thanks for the comments. I'm back in West Palm now sending out more footage to the news networks you haven't seen yet. I might make a DVD, if so you will be hearing about it - just check back on this site.

Took the Ferry back to Marsh Harbor, then was luckily enough to get a Continental flight back to West Palm. In fact there were only two of us on the plane - and it didn't stop in Treasure Key. Anyway, they were reconnecting power lines to the poles when I left. Maybe power will be back up in Hope Town soon. Other than thinned out trees, some busted docks, and minor damage to homes it didn't look as bad as it could have been . Now down the south low part of the island I heard it breached and there were some structures hit hard by the storm surge. I didn't get a chance to get down there as I was pretty busy yesterday.

Wireless internet is working so if you go over there at least you have that working. Again, thats for all the kind comments. Take care!
August 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJim Edds
Grew up going to Hope Town annually. Thank you for the update!!!
August 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSteph
Hi Jim, awesome footage and commentary. I was in Hope Town Harbour Lodge at the same time as you were in Hope Town and I was watching my sailboat as another larger boat dragged into it. I heard you mention you saw one sailboat drag into another one so I wondered if there was any chance you had any footage or photos of that? If so it would be a miracle for me to be able to see what happened and I would be immensely grateful. I'm still in Hope Town trying to do repairs, etc, and cleaning up before I have to leave in a few days.
Thanks, all the best. Rob.
August 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRob Ingham
Rob - Hope all is well. Jim is driving back to Pensacola today, but I will make sure he reads your comment when he gets back this evening. Thanks - Jeff.
August 28, 2011 | Registered CommenterJeff Gammons

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