“Ivan the Terrible” also hit Alabama hard. From the air Ivan's destruction is in full view, sand where there once was a road. On Dauphin Island, boathouses and piers are gone or damaged.
At one boat storage facility, Ivan rearranged the inventory as owners tried to pick their way through the rubble.
Traveling east, the Gulf shores water tower stands, but getting to parts of the area will be more difficult with Highway 98 being washed out in spots.
Homes that once looked out on the Gulf now are part of it. Others are simply gone. As the helicopter continues its easterly trek, Perdido Beach is next in the line of destruction; one hotel won't be a tourist destination for a while.
Ivan has departed and the sun is once again shining, but the light illuminates a different landscape.