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David Levy holds on to his tent on Thursday as storms moved across the Boardwalk art Show.

Photo by Bill Tiernan, at the Virginian-Pilot

More: http://hamptonroads.com/2013/06/storms-brought-brief-heavy-rain-and...

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Comment by Robert Wallis on June 14, 2013 at 1:25am

The left hand tent shows what happens when a tent leg isn't secured well. It might have Sta-Bars running from front to back, but without one  across the front the wind can buckle the leg under and break the corner hardware.

Comment by Kathy Rose on June 14, 2013 at 6:15am
I live in Virginia Beach and do 2 shows per year on the Boardwalk - in May and Oct. I was really concerned about the artists and their tents last night. We had wind gusts at my house that were very scary - I can only imagine how bad it was at the oceanfront.

I just hope no one had a pop up tent -- it always amazes me when people use them for shows on the boardwalk. This past May we had storms the night of move in for the Steel Pier show -- and some people lost their tents. I think even the best of tents were probably challenged last night.
Comment by Connie Mettler on June 14, 2013 at 7:22am

Those tents with the pointed tops, do you think those are rentals from the show?

Comment by Kathy Rose on June 14, 2013 at 8:11am
Yes - those in the picture are rentals. You can tell by the water-filled plastic tubs for weights.
Comment by Robert Wallis on June 14, 2013 at 9:52am
I've seen those rental tents before. They have a set of cross guy wires running from the tops of each leg and the pole sticking up through the center sits where the two wires (small cables) cross at in the middle. The legs and struts are something like 1.5-2 inch diameter. Pretty hefty but the legs still need bracing. Water still comes in where the pole pokes through the top at the best of times.
Comment by Barry Bernstein on June 14, 2013 at 9:57am

From the looks of it, all brands of tents went down. I've been in contact with some people doing the show. 33 booths in all went down. There was hardly any work destroyed because there was advanced warning and people packed their work before the huge storm. Now that the storm has passed, today and tomorrow are going to be really nice days. Sunday is supposed to be hot, in the 90's.

In a side note, social networking is a pretty cool thing. As luck would have it, I was in a restaurant in northern Michigan, just below the bridge. The weather channel was on and they were showing what was happening with the storm. At the same time I was messaging on FB with people at the show. I was telling them what they were showing on the weather channel and they were telling me what was happening on the ground, there. Pretty amazing!

Comment by Connie Mettler on June 14, 2013 at 10:46am

What kind of tent is that to the right of the one David Levy is holding onto?

Comment by Kathy Rose on June 14, 2013 at 10:57am
That looks like a craft hut or trimline with an awning.
Comment by geri a. wegner on June 14, 2013 at 11:10am

Which David Levy is that?

Comment by Connie Mettler on June 14, 2013 at 11:44am

The one who makes wooden goods - cutting boards in particular, from California.

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