Video: Scary! Tropical storm nearly sends RVs parked on beach out to sea!

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A tidal surge in Port Aransas, Texas, from Tropical Storm Cristobal nearly took dozens of RVers and tent campers out to sea on June 7th.

Cristobal hammered the south spanning from Texas to Florida with storm surge flooding and strong wind gusts when it made landfall on June 7th. The storm nearly erased the drought along the Gulf Coast in a week’s time. In Shell Beach, Louisiana, tide levels reached 6.2 feet above their normal levels.

Watch the video below as dozens of beach campers had their tents and RVs flooded and trapped by the tidal surge. Yikes! You might want to fast forward to about two minutes into the video, that’s where you’ll start seeing most of the damage. We hope everyone is safe!

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Gary
3 months ago

Let’s camp at the beach, they said.
It’s always fun, they said.

Susan H
3 months ago

A look at all the garbage going in the ocean. Do you think these people are going to pick up there stuff left behind? Makes me mad to see this video!

Marcus
3 months ago
Reply to  Susan H

Don’t you mean “their” not “there”?

Captn John
3 months ago

RV insurance rates would drop about 20% if there was an exclusion for stupidity.

Carson Axtell
3 months ago

Further proof for doubters that evolution is still alive and well, even if ignored.

Tumbleweed
3 months ago

Maybe these dim bulbs were vying for a Darwin Award, thinking it included prize money.

Wayne
3 months ago

Good reason not to buy used equipment.

BirdsGoToo
3 months ago

I don’t understand people who don’t pay attention to the weather where they’re camping. When a storm is coming towards you, it’s a good idea to move to higher ground. We have a similar problem here on the Tennessee River where some campgrounds are subject to semi-regular flooding when there are storms. If you’re staying in one of them and there’s been a lot of rain up river, odds are you should move.

Bill Semion
3 months ago

Hi again, also regarding comments about insurance fraud. I worked for an insurance company as a travel magazine writer. Most, if not all, will NOT cover any damages incurred in situations like this. This is considered driving off-road. Your vehicle will NOT be covered for ANYTHING, including recovery costs.

TravelingMan
3 months ago
Reply to  Bill Semion

Hurray! Glad to know!

bill semion
3 months ago

Port Aransas, not Arkansas. A common mistake. It’s near Padre Island Seashore, or thereabouts. Last time I was on the beach there were signs warning not to drive onto the sand, or you could get stuck. hmm

TravelingMan
3 months ago

People park their rigs on the beach when they know a storm is approaching for ONLY one reason…

To claim insurance money. FRAUD!

Nobody is that stupid.

The weather channels had been forecasting 7 days out. It was reported on multiple channels at all times of the day.

You can bet that park rangers and City police drove by and told people about the impending storm.

People had to buy a permit to camp on the beach. (Why are they selling passes when they know a storm is approaching? Money. That’s why)

Stupid is…Stupid does….These RV owners don’t care how much trash or pollution this creates in our waters. They don’t even care about the RV.

Prison time and minimal fines of $10,000 should reduce this stupidity.

There is already a statuate on insurance fraud.

Bill Semion
3 months ago
Reply to  TravelingMan

Ha ha! I beg to differ! 😉

Bill Semion
3 months ago
Reply to  TravelingMan

Hi, please see my comment above regarding insurance fraud. Thanks.

Nancy Noll
3 months ago

Why was anyone even near the beach with a hurricane approaching? Bizarre, to say the least!

Dan
3 months ago

Port Aransas. They were warned 3 days ahead of time to leave the beach and tidal areas.

Bob p
3 months ago
Reply to  Dan

You can’t fix stupid!

john1470
3 months ago

Gotta be wise to da weather – put down da beer and turn up ur weather radio volume.

TravelingMan
3 months ago
Reply to  john1470

Or these days…the weed or meth or fentonal or hydrocodiene or rocks…

James Farnsworth
3 months ago

Would that be Port Aransas? Darn spell check!

Bob p
3 months ago

Yes as far as I know the proof reader was on coffee break when Port Arkansas floated by.

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3 months ago
Reply to  Bob p

Ha ha, Bob! The proofreader doesn’t even drink coffee, let alone take a coffee break. But maybe I should — would have been more alert when I skimmed over that part. Sometimes our eyes/brain register what should be there, not what’s actually there. Sorry! —Diane at RVtravel.com

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RV Staff (@rvstaff)
3 months ago

That might have been Emily’s spellchecker, but this proofreader’s eyes/brain didn’t register it as “Arkansas” — I saw “Aransas”. Too tired, I guess. Sorry. 🙁 —Diane at RVtravel.com

Will B.
3 months ago

Never quite understood why folks park their rigs on the beach. I mean…. heard of tides? (Yes, I know this was a storm.) Just seems WAY too risky, honestly. At least for me. I’m not “risk averse”, per se, but maybe with my home, I might be.

TravelingMan
3 months ago
Reply to  Will B.

In that area, the sand is like concrete. One could drive an 80,000 lb truck and trailer without a problem. Yes, you have to park near the berms to stay out of the tides. You have to have a permit during this time of the year. Don’t park in a gully where the tides flow.

I won’t park on the Texas beach due to salt corrosion. Anyone with a nice rig that they respect would not do it. Salt in the bearings, leaf springs, suspension systems, the metal frames, etc will damage the RV and cost you money.

The sand that gets brought in wil damage the carpet or tile flooring.

The strong winds currents will damage the exterior paint. Its like sandblasting.

Unless you have a sizable A/C, you will fry inside during the late spring, summer and early fall periods.

Maybe you would do it for a day or two. We paid too much and we’re too old to make that mistake.