Thursday August 4, 2016
Inside Deja Vu Bar and Grill at the corner of Dauphine and Conti when all hell breaks loose from on high.
3 PM Fabulous mid-afternoon breakfast at Deja Vu Bar and Grill just finishing when a crack of serious thunder shook the place...sounded like a ton of ice cubes heaved into a humongous empty oil drum. I was the only one that flinched. The regulars at the bar kept on their chatter as the sky blackened and rain fell in torrents. Zigzaggy bolts of lightning followed by foundation-shuddering thunder commenced like a furious parade from on high.
Within 45 minutes the street flooded then drained as the storm spent itself. People on the street scrambled for cover or ducked under storefront entryways to keep from getting soaked, which would have happened in five seconds flat. My cell phone buzzed with an ominous weather alert, later I learned a tornado funnel was sighted over the city. This is normal New Orleans summer weather these days.
These two New Orleanians saw me taking photos from the window in Deja Vu where I just finished eating. Their response is pure New Orleans.
Funnel cloud over New Orleans...page 1 Metro section of The New Orleans Advocate, August 4, 2016.
Photos by Paul A. Tamburello, Jr.