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    Re: 2008 Hurricane Season

    Houston we have a problem. It looks like a rough ride this weekend. I plan to be hunkered down as they say in these parts. Best of luck to everyone in the area. Stay safe.

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    Re: 2008 Hurricane Season

    Quote Originally Posted by Roy Tucker View Post
    For comparison, the Category 4 Galveston Hurricane of 1900 (which killed somewhere around 6-12K people) had storm surge of 15 ft.
    Here's Wiki's article on that Galveston storm. I hope this one isn't nearly as bad. Galveston was never the same after the 1900 storm.


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    Re: 2008 Hurricane Season

    Here's what the National Weather Service in Houston has to say about the effect in Galveston.

    GULF-FACING COASTAL AREAS FROM MATAGORDA TO HIGH ISLAND INCLUDING
    GALVESTON ISLAND...12 TO 16 FEET

    LIFE THREATENING INUNDATION LIKELY!

    ALL NEIGHBORHOODS...AND POSSIBLY ENTIRE COASTAL COMMUNITIES...
    WILL BE INUNDATED DURING HIGH TIDE. PERSONS NOT HEEDING
    EVACUATION ORDERS IN SINGLE FAMILY ONE OR TWO STORY HOMES WILL
    FACE CERTAIN DEATH. MANY RESIDENCES OF AVERAGE CONSTRUCTION
    DIRECTLY ON THE COAST WILL BE DESTROYED. WIDESPREAD AND
    DEVASTATING PERSONAL PROPERTY DAMAGE IS LIKELY ELSEWHERE. VEHICLES
    LEFT BEHIND WILL LIKELY BE SWEPT AWAY. NUMEROUS ROADS WILL BE
    SWAMPED...SOME MAY BE WASHED AWAY BY THE WATER. ENTIRE FLOOD PRONE
    COASTAL COMMUNITIES WILL BE CUTOFF. WATER LEVELS MAY EXCEED 9 FEET
    FOR MORE THAN A MILE INLAND. COASTAL RESIDENTS IN MULTI-STORY
    FACILITIES RISK BEING CUTOFF. CONDITIONS WILL BE WORSENED BY
    BATTERING WAVES. SUCH WAVES WILL EXACERBATE PROPERTY DAMAGE...WITH
    MASSIVE DESTRUCTION OF HOMES...INCLUDING THOSE OF BLOCK
    CONSTRUCTION. DAMAGE FROM BEACH EROSION COULD TAKE YEARS TO
    REPAIR.
    That's really staggering. My family went to Galveston for spring break this year. It could be a very different place in a few days.
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    Re: 2008 Hurricane Season

    The updated storm surge graph is showing some parts of Texas could get 24-27 foot of storm surge.

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    Re: 2008 Hurricane Season

    Cubs-Astros expected to be postponed
    Chicago to return home after Thursday's game in St. Louis
    By Carrie Muskat / MLB.com

    ST. LOUIS -- The Cubs' weekend games in Houston against the Astros are expected to be postponed, and the Cubs will head back to Chicago after Thursday's game against St. Louis to avoid Hurricane Ike, which is churning in the Gulf of Mexico and heading in the direction of Texas.

    The Cubs and Astros are scheduled to open a three-game series Friday at Minute Maid Park. There was talk about having the Cubs and Astros play a day game Friday instead of a night game, but all plans are on hold.

    The Cubs expected to make an official announcement prior to Thursday's game against the Cardinals. The Astros will

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    Re: 2008 Hurricane Season

    Quote Originally Posted by SunDeck View Post
    Have you been through a hurricane? No blizzard ever made me feel as small and insignificant as a hurricane has.
    This is my first, but to be fair, I am not in an evacuation zone nor along water. (I am about an hour inland). If i lived in Galveston, I would probably feel different.

    Blizzards - a real nasty one - can make you feel helpless as well, and cold, so very cold....

    Interesting that the winds of the storm still have not picked up as of yet - still at a Cat 2 (100 mph)....
    Nothing to see here. Please disperse.

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    Re: 2008 Hurricane Season

    The new updated track has this thing hitting Galveston head on. As for the winds, they are still Cat. 2 at 100 mph but Ike has a central pressure characteristic of a Cat. 3 or 4 which means the winds should eventually catch up to the pressure MB. Most of the meteorologists believe Ike will make landfall as a Cat. 3. This is a huge storm, that's for sure.

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    Re: 2008 Hurricane Season

    My sister lives in Houston, and she's not evacuating. Be safe, everybody.

    I've never been through a blizzard, but hurricanes can be very scary, even for those well inland and not under direct threat of storm surge.

    "They say" if you're going to ride one out, sleep in shifts. Someone should be tuned to emergency radio station at all times.

    Be safe, guys.

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    Re: 2008 Hurricane Season

    Path is shifting ever so slightly north...would not surprise me if it follows Rita's path from 2005 with a Beaumont landfall.
    Nothing to see here. Please disperse.

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    Re: 2008 Hurricane Season

    Quote Originally Posted by deltachi8 View Post
    Path is shifting ever so slightly north...would not surprise me if it follows Rita's path from 2005 with a Beaumont landfall.
    Yep. It looks like the current path has it going straight up the Houston Ship Channel but it seems to be moving to the north with each update.

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    Re: 2008 Hurricane Season

    Another note - it looks like Ike may make landfall now as a powerful Cat. 2 instead of a Cat 3., but the meteorologists have said it doesn't really matter what category this one is because it's so huge and will cause serious storm surge.

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    Re: 2008 Hurricane Season

    Quote Originally Posted by OnBaseMachine View Post
    The new updated track has this thing hitting Galveston head on. As for the winds, they are still Cat. 2 at 100 mph but Ike has a central pressure characteristic of a Cat. 3 or 4 which means the winds should eventually catch up to the pressure MB. Most of the meteorologists believe Ike will make landfall as a Cat. 3. This is a huge storm, that's for sure.
    I think Ike will probably make landfall as a Cat. 3. The spatial extent of the storm is humongous so even those who are fortunate to miss the storm surge and hurricane force winds still have the potential to see tornadoes, especially in Louisiana and a lot of flash flooding all throughout the Gulf coast.

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    Re: 2008 Hurricane Season

    look at how wide the storm surge spread is


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    Re: 2008 Hurricane Season

    Winds have increased to 105 now, still a Cat. 2. The path seems to holding steady now and aiming towards Galveston. The surge data is still showing 24-27 feet of surge in some areas. That's incredible for a Cat. 2/3 storm.

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    Re: 2008 Hurricane Season

    Apparently there is a fuel freighter trapped about 90 miles off the coast of Galveston carrying 22 people. The coast guard has called off it's attempt to rescue them for now due to 50 foot waves and heavy wind.


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