Hurricane Dorian: Live feed from the Frying Pan Tower, an oil rig off the Carolina coast

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/09/06/hurricane-dorian-live-feed-fr.html

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Note: video starts in the middle of the night, so all you see is static. Skip a bit forward for daytime picture, it is quite impressive.

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It’s a live feed. Where I am (UK) it shows as complete, while it is running. If there is a way to jump forward I’d be interested to learn it.

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I’d like to jump forward to the Lottery Draw tonight. :wink:

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The linked Youtube thingy is a 14 hour long video, and you can just move the slider.

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As of about 7 am east coast (US) time, that flag is still intact. How?

Edit: by about 7:15, it’s noticeably tattered, still recognizable. A “disgraced ensign,” if it were on a boat.

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Ah, but you really have to experience the whole overnight build-up, in darkness, to truly appreciate the mise-en-scene of the daylight. The aesthetic impact is fundamentally amplified that way. :wink:

I suggest a really big bucket of popcorn, maybe a double-bill with Warhol’s Empire State

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Well, if you turn down the volume, it is a bit like ambient music.

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By daybreak the winds have already started to slow down a bit, but at the very beginning before nightfall you can see the hurricane in full force.

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I watched for a couple of minutes (08:10EDT) to see whether I could see the tear in the middle growing in real time (inconclusive). I gave up due to boredom and failure to come up with a good zinger about the allegorical significance

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Hurricane flags flown on the Frying Pan are auctioned off for disaster relief funds. Dorian’s flag will most likely get a very high bid due to the storm’s insane path of destruction.

The Florence flag got nearly $11k.

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Wow - they must be reinforced. Nice way to raise money from - and for - the disaster, though.

And it sounds like you’re up on local knowledge, so I’ll hope you and yours are safe.

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From the linked Atlas Obscura article: Update May 2019: It is no longer a bed and breakfast.

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First line of the linked article explains that it never was an actual oil rig.

“Built to replace a permanently-manned “lightship” on the edge of the treacherous “Graveyard of the Atlantic,” Frying Pan Tower was a unique lighthouse that was built like an oil rig before being left to rust in the middle of the ocean.”

Edit: I should have read further. It was and wasn’t.

It has a “Fractional Ownership” option available.

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So, anybody want to buy a timeshare slot on a rusting hulk in the middle of the Atlantic?

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At $25k a share it better be the best rust.

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