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9 August 2014:
Beautiful shelf cloud in Brevard County, Florida

August 9, 2014: Storms in Brevard County, Florida, this afternoon grew strong quickly, forming scalloped shelf clouds and dumping prodigious amounts of rain. I got ahead of them by rushing to Merritt Island and shooting back east at Cocoa, then continuing east to Cocoa Beach and ultimately Port Canaveral. Share

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    Rain forced me to cancel a portrait shoot, so I dashed across the Indian River Lagoon and shot the storm coming in over Cocoa, Florida, at 5:02 p.m.
    A shelf cloud was forming.
    And a huge downpour was moving in, sending the birds flying.
    The rain creeps farther ...
    It's moving in ...
    It's almost here...
    And I got another shot looking northwest before heading east again at 5:07 p.m.
    Over the Banana River Lagoon at Cocoa Beach, the shelf cloud was scalloped. This was a 5:18 p.m.
    This jet-skier was shooting photos before retreating.
    Here it comes ...
    And it's almost overhead!
    I got a few final shots of the rain hitting Port Canaveral to conclude the chase.

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