Ike makes a direct hit on Galveston

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 5:11 PM GMT on September 13, 2008

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Hurricane Ike made a direct hit on Galveston, Texas this morning at 3 am EDT as a top-end Category 2 hurricane with 110 mph winds. Although only rated a Category 2 storm, Ike carried a storm surge characteristic of a Category 4 hurricane to shore. The destructive power of Ike's storm surge rated a 5.0 on a scale of 0 to 6 just before landfall, according to the experimental Integrated Kinetic Energy (IKE) product of NOAA's Hurricane Research Division. This is about the same destructive potential Katrina had at landfall.


Figure 1. Radar image of Ike shortly after landfall. The eye passed directly over Galveston, and along the east side of Houston.

Galveston is not destroyed
Although Ike caused heavy damage by flooding Galveston with a 12-foot storm surge, the city escaped destruction thanks to its 15.6-foot sea wall (the wall was built 17 feet high, but has since subsided about 2 feet). The surge was able to flow into Galveston Bay and flood the city from behind, but the wall prevented a head-on battering by the surge from the ocean side. Galveston was fortunate that Ike hit the city head-on, rather than just to the south. Ike's highest storm surge occurred about 50 miles to the northeast of Galveston, over a lightly-populated stretch of coast. Galveston was also lucky that Ike did not have another 12-24 hours over water. In the 12 hours prior to landfall, Ike's central pressure dropped 6 mb, and the storm began to rapidly organize and form a new eyewall. If Ike had had another 12-24 hours to complete this process, it would have been a Category 4 hurricane with 135-145 mph winds that likely would have destroyed Galveston. The GFDL model was consistently advertising this possibility, and it wasn't far off the mark. It was not clear to me until late last night that Ike would not destroy Galveston and kill thousands of people. Other hurricane scientists I conversed with yesterday were of the same opinion.


Figure 2. Radar images of Ike on Friday, 9/12/08. In the left image, we see Ike as it appeared Friday afternoon, with no eyewall and relatively weak echoes. The pressure of the storm was 958 mb. By Friday night (right panel), Ike had begun to form an eyewall, and the echoes had become much more intense. Ike had a pressure of 952 mb at this time.

Ike's winds
Houston Hobby Airport on the south side of town recorded winds of 75 mph, gusting to 92 mph, at 6 am CDT today. The winds likely were higher, but the anemometer failed. The airport measured a central pressure of 960 mb as the eye passed just to the east. Houston Intercontinental Airport on the north side of town recorded top winds of 56 mph, gusting to 70 mph. Eagle Point on Galveston Bay, at the northern end of Texas City, recorded sustained winds of 68 mph, gusting to 87 mph, at 1:34 am CDT. Top winds measured at Galveston Pleasure Pier were 60 mph, and the station recorded a pressure of 952 mb as the eye of Ike passed over. Top winds at Sabine Pass on the Louisiana border were a sustained 70 mph. Much higher winds undoubtedly occurred on Galveston Island and nearby coastal areas, but the anemometers failed before these winds were recorded. An experimental wind analysis done by NOAA's Hurricane Research Division suggests that Category 2 force winds probably only affected a 40-mile stretch of coast northeast of Galveston. There were no weather stations there to record these peak winds. Category 2 winds undoubtedly occurred at the tops of Houston's skyscrapers, as well.



Figure 3.water levels on the Neches River in Beaumont, TX (top) on the Louisiana border increased by 6 feet as Ike's surge progressed upriver. The river has reversed its direction of flow, as seen in the negative river discharge numbers (bottom). Winds peaked at 60 mph at this location. Image credit: U.S. Geological Survey.

Ike's storm surge
Tide gauge data suggests that a storm surge of 12-14 feet affected the region from Galveston to the Louisiana border. Higher storm surges in excess of 15-20 feet likely occurred in Galveston Bay and northeastward, as inferred by comparing the observed surge values we have with the 11 pm forecast surge values (Figure 4). At 10am this morning, the National Weather Service was reporting water levels of 12 feet in the Houston Ship Channel, and 10-14 feet in Galveston Bay. In Port Arthur, TX, on the Louisiana border, the surge reached 11 feet, and did not overtop their 14.5 foot high sea wall, sparing the city and its oil refineries from the major flooding that was feared.


Figure 4. Predicted storm surge from Ike issued shortly before the hurricane came ashore. There was a 10% chance given that the actual surge would excede the forecast heights shown here. The actual storm tide heights (surge plus the tide, shown as red numbers) show that Ike's surge stayed about 2 feet below this "10% exceedance" height. Image credit: NOAA.

My sincere best wishes and prayers go to everyone affected by this historic storm.

A night on Galveston Island
Wunderground member CycloneBoz rode out Ike in a parking garage in Galveston. Here's his report from this morning:
This is CycloneBoz, live from the southern eyewall of Hurricane Ike.

What a storm! My wind gauge read 110 mph

In the car, I'm being bucked like riding a bronco! Easily, winds now still over 100 mph!

I'm on the 2nd floor of the Hotel Galvez parking garage. I have shot some incredible video. I'm chomping at the bit to edit it...and I think I'm going to have time to do that here...because no one is going to get off this island anytime soon.

The surge was an east to west event at midnight. Now, the surge is a west to east event. Flooding everywhere. Multiple fires! There was even a fire out at sea on one of the piers in front of the garage during the first part of the storm.

Massive destruction. Surprisingly, though, a lot of the houses are keeping their roofs! But the people inside are sure worried!

I yelled across the street during the incredible eye event to a lady whose first floor was flooded. Everyone there was okay, but I could tell she was crying. She was scared to death.

As my car rocks wildly as I sit beneath tons of concrete, I have to admit......I'm a bit on edge myself.


Tropical disturbance approaching the central Bahamas
An area of disturbed weather (91L) is located about 300 miles east of the central Bahamas, and is moving west-northwest at 10-15 mph. Satellite loops show that 91L's heavy thunderstorms have decreased significantly overnight, thanks to dry air and wind shear from an upper-level low pressure system to the west. There is no evidence of a surface circulation.

Shear is expected to remain 10-20 knots though Monday, which may allow some gradual development. None of the models are developing 91L, but the central Bahamas can expect heavy rain and strong gusty winds Saturday. These conditions may spread to the western Bahamas by Sunday and the east coast of Florida by Sunday night. NHC is giving this disturbance a low (<20% chance) of developing into a tropical depression by Monday.

Tropical disturbance in the middle Atlantic
There is another area of disturbed weather (92L) midway between Africa and the Lesser Antilles islands. This disturbance is under about 20 knots of wind shear, and is suffering from dry air to it west. NHC is giving this system a low (<20% chance) of developing into a tropical depression by Monday. Wind shear may drop over the disturbance on Monday, so we'll have to keep an eye on it.

I'll have a new blog Sunday.

Jeff Masters

Dickinson Texas IKE Damage (txcuda)
Shots taken this morning at 0700 of damage sustained last night from Hurricane Ike in Dickinson,Texas.
Dickinson Texas IKE Damage
IKE begins to move in (gulfdancer)
Ike in Biloxi Bay taken from our pier
IKE begins to move in
Flooding in Dominican Republic (Dpspiderman)
Flooding while I was there was horrible from Ike. Miles of towns were flooded. But nothing like Haiti. The Local News Cast in DR showing far more than what they have here in the US. About 80% Of the homes in Haiti were damaged or destroyed.
Flooding in Dominican Republic

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1360. sporteguy03
10:14 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
Quoting IKE:
I hadn't even looked out in the CATL. It's getting later in the season. Odds of anything making it over to the USA from that region are starting to decrease. There may be a system that develops out there, but I was talking in terms of a system threatening the USA.


um no
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1359. Roxanne
6:08 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
Why in the name of all that is wonderful would you stay on Galveston if your father is on Dialysis????? even if the effects had been minimal, just the debris clearing might make it difficult to get your dad his treatment!

Maybe he tried like this person.
Winters, on the other hand, had tried everything to get out before Ike hit. The native Galvestonian has been registered for special assistance for the last five years, she said, but no one came to the retirement community on 61st to help her and her cat escape.

Increasingly desperate as forecasters and government officials warned of certain death for coastal residents who remained in Ike's path, Winters spent the last few days on the phone, trying to find someone who could help her out of her first-floor apartment. She called 311, 211, 911 and the number for the city's Emergency Management Center. But she was still waiting at 8 p.m. Friday, when all rescue attempts ceased.
Link
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1358. deadmandancing
4:40 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
I'll bet the Kroger is now open, instead of not open...
1357. jaevortex
4:34 PM GMT on September 14, 2008


(Here's a post from USA TODAY reporter Donna Leinwand, on the scene in Texas:)

Clearly, Texans have a sense of humor, even when hunkering down for a wind and rain wallop:

This sign was posted on the marquee outside the Porch Swing Pub in the Heights neighborhood on the edge of downtown Houston: "Come on over, Tina. We'll Protect you from Ike."

And posted on a bulletin board at a real estate company that flooded after losing its roof and a glass wall: "Office Procedures Concerning Storm and Office Closings:

Hurricane Category #1: No excuse for being late. Leave earlier to give extra time to avoid fallen trees and limbs.
Hurricane Category #2: Due to the horizontal rain, you may wear jeans.
Hurricane Category #3: Whereas most of the area will be flooded, we suggest you avoid wearing open toe sandals when coming to work. Canoes will be provided to get to the building safely without getting wet.
Hurricane Category #4: More than likely there will be no electricity. Given that, we will have manual typewriters available to all staff members. Please take extra caution and wear water-proof make-up if Category 4 or above.
Hurricane Category #5: Velcro will be provide to keep you attached to your chairs when the windows blow out. For those that survive, we will have chocolate cake at 3 p.m. in the kitchen.
Posted by Doyle Rice at 02:23 PM/ET, September 13, 2008 in Hurricanes | Permalink
1356. tornadododger
4:34 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
Ike is making his presence know here in KY. Just drove down the street to see a tree had fallen on someone's parked car and smashed it. Don't think anyone was in there at the time. Winds are about 32 gusting to over 50 mph and lights are flickering occasionally.
1355. BahaHurican
4:33 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
This u gatta read.

An exerpt:

Destin Fluellen's father was flown to a hospital after the storm Saturday because he hadn't received dialysis treatments in two days. Rescue crews said they found Fluellen, who lived at 19th Street and Avenue I, carrying his father along Broadway.

Why in the name of all that is wonderful would you stay on Galveston if your father is on Dialysis????? even if the effects had been minimal, just the debris clearing might make it difficult to get your dad his treatment!
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1354. atmoaggie
4:32 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
new blog
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1353. IMA
4:32 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
Quoting atmoaggie:
From the Beaumont Enterprise:
"Kroger gas station on Dowlen is not open. The store is open and they are letting people in one at a time."

Man, that is one bad typo. Is it open or not? Guess so, but...

I would guess that they are on generator. What would be useful would be a power report along with an open report.
It sounds like the store is open but the gas station is not?
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1352. atmoaggie
4:28 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
From the Beaumont Enterprise:
"Kroger gas station on Dowlen is not open. The store is open and they are letting people in one at a time."

Man, that is one bad typo. Is it open or not? Guess so, but...

I would guess that they are on generator. What would be useful would be a power report along with an open report.
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1351. EarthwalkUSA
4:18 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
Flame me if you want/must, but people need to know that the road to recovery following something like this can be almost as disastrous if people are not careful. We have worked Katrina,Rita,Dennis,Charley,Opal and Danny, and some of us more than that. What we find afterwards is disease, more upsetting than the loss of property. If you are in any area hit by Ike, please stay out of the water. If you have water in your homes, do NOT go barefoot.If you venture outside I would consider a mask as you are breathing in toxic chemicals from the sludge and this WILL have an effect on your lungs. Don't let your children"Play" in the water. If you have to use bleach right now, Please use natural products when you can to get rid of the bleach. Chlorine and chloemeres(by-product) are deadly. When you can get to a store, get lemons and wash with them, use drops in your water to help kill the fungus and molds that ARE in that water. When things calm down a little, please email or call us. We'll help you get well so you can continue on the road to recovery. We've been there. Gone through it. I've lost everything 4 times- but I'm well. God Bless.
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1350. BahaHurican
4:12 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
Quoting fire831rescue:
LOL. Season's closed.... Yeah, right. Wishful thinking. Season should pick back up in about two weeks. We're only into the middle of hurricane season and ya'll are saying it's over... Not quite. Would be nice though...
He only said for the next few days. . . lol

Personally I think we're in for a "double peak" season - a heavy late Aug / early Sep, a break, and then a heavy mid Oct. I wouldn't count on an early season close, either. ENSO nuetral w/ cold bias seasons, like this one, tend to run right up to the close date instead of cutting off early.
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1349. BahaHurican
3:53 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
Quoting melwerle:
In Savannah...gas is up to 4.27/gallon. Never thought trying to be a stay-at-home mom was really going to mean I had to stay at home.

Looking at the news this morning and seeing all the devastation...unbelievable.
Mel, what is also scary is that this devastation was originally pegged to head our way . . .

Gives new meaning to the saying "There but for the grace of God go I".

Pat, I may not be able to contribute to your TX-bound efforts, but I certainly will support efforts here in the Bahamas and in Haiti. Ike has been a rough storm for many, many people.
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1348. setfree7
3:45 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
Remember that guy who wouldn't leave Surfside Beach?
Link
Go down to the article entitled, Ex-Marine rides out storm on porch: 'I consider myself to be stupid'
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1347. FreeportFL
3:37 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
Patrap:

You are doing it right. We were directly helped after Katrina by Canadians who found us in a motel 8, changed our lives 100%. They need help now and cannot wait on FEMA. There is no Calvary on white horses to come and save the day, it's going to be strangers and neighbor helping neighbor.
If you want to help, my personal advice is to go to them, in a hotel, motel...get to them in some way to directly help. Many times the donations to organizations never make it to the people who need it. The Red Cross did give us 200.00 for food after Katrina and provided us clothes. So the Red Cross is a great way to send help, or do it directly yourself.

Patrap, you are awesome and a great human being.
1346. fire831rescue
3:36 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
LOL. Season's closed.... Yeah, right. Wishful thinking. Season should pick back up in about two weeks. We're only into the middle of hurricane season and ya'll are saying it's over... Not quite. Would be nice though...
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1345. Ron5244
3:35 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
Seems that we have had an early peak this season...

Right now, the Atlantic should be just about exploding.
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1344. RyanCRG
3:35 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
ALL YOU CAN EAT LOCAL COVERAGE!
http://www.livenewscameras.com/map.html
1343. IMA
3:35 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
Quoting AirTrafficMan:
why anyone would ignore a cute face like that is beyond me. LOL. Oops...not really in line with the admin's stance. Sorry..plz don't ban me..I won't do it again.
LOL Why, thank you. I may just have to do a screen shot and make that my wallpaper. ROFL
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1342. KRL
3:35 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
Quoting hurricane23:
As mentioned yesterday the atlantic right now is closed for business for the next few days possibly even longer.

Adrian


Good! Season's over see y'all next year . . LOL
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1341. homelesswanderer
3:32 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
Quoting presslord:
Pat...if you will post an address on your blog, I'd like to send you a check....and encourage others to do so as well....
Thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts. My home Orange county was devestated by surge and winds. And many are stuck there. They were not the most populated places however estimated 90,000 residents stayed. Any relief to them will be greatly appreciated. My husband and I are going to try to get back in and empty some freezers and give the food away. My family was fortunate all four of our homes made it thru with minimal damage. The oposite happened with Rita.And we were helped then by people from out of state. Again thank you.
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1340. IMA
3:31 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
1323 You're most welcome! Hey, people can flame me if they want lol - I want to thank setfree for her great links this a.m.! I think it's slow enough this a.m. we can thank each other, right??

Dana When I worked with evacuees in San Antonio, I met some of the people about which you speak, but I also met some awesome people! I would come home with complaints but I'd come home with at least as many or more stories about wonderful people -- musicians, chefs, retired school teachers who'd in their youth gone around the south gotten fellow African Americans registered to vote before being chased out of town by local sheriffs while having their lives threatened - people who have only a negative view of New Orleans or LA in general are just narrow-minded individuals who have what is likely a permanent case of cranium-upper-anus
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1339. Sfloridacat5
3:31 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
Quoting setfree7:
Padre Island even has some damage. Link
couple of houses still standing in Galveston, Link



A couple houses still standing in Galveston? From what I've seen from Coast Guard Video most of the houses are still standing in Galveston.
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1338. hurricane23
3:31 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
Quoting stormdude77:
Invest 92L has been deactivated...

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No suprise there at all conditions are very hostile across most areas in the atlantic.Hopefully thats about it as far as threats for the U.S. this season.

Have a great sunday everyone. Adrian
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1337. keyjo50
3:30 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
Pat, I hope you don't mind but there are some things that are usually forgotten and as a Mom I want to list them for you (though you've probably got them covered).

diapers
wipes
bottles
infant tylenol and ibuprofen
diaper rash ointment (humidity and diapers doesn't mix)
pacifiers
jarred baby food (stages 1, 2, and 3)

Also...toiletries: toothpaste, toothbrush, deoderant.
1336. BahaHurican
3:30 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
1260. WeatherCurious 10:18 AM EDT on September 14, 2008
Sorry this is kinda long, but thought I would share.



Thanks for sharing, WxCur, and we're glad to see u made it out ok. And no, it wasn't too long . . .

Quoting jdjnola:


Terrebonne didn't barely escape Gustav... They were one of the worst affected parishes. Link
jdj, I was thinking more like "lived through" when I said escaped . . . prolly wasn't the clearest way of saying it, though.

A question: Were coastal LA residents east of the TX state line under mandatory evac?
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1335. bornalive1935
3:29 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
I am feeling like relaxing more now. What affects one place affects us all. We are not isolated here in USA. I pray that they will not find a lot of dead people when they do the rescue searches.
1334. headshaker
3:27 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
Things are going downhill here in the Houston area and I expect them to get worse before they get better.

We had some major rain in the Houston area this morning that is now causing serious flooding.

Even if you can get out on the roads, not many places are open and those that are have long lines and limited products available. Food, ice, and water are hard to come by even as far north has Hempstead.

Gas is over $5.50/gallon for Regular, but many pumps aren't working because of the lack of power. I understand this could have been worse, but if you've never been thru a hurricane like this you simply can't imagine what's going on right now, particularly for a major metropolitan area with millions of people affected (for a long time to come).
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1333. Zaphod
3:27 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
It looks like the "before" link for the Bolivar Peninsula is missing. I found the same spot on Google Maps.

All those who say Ike "wasn't catastrophic" had best not say that to the people who lived here. "Certain death" seems pretty reasonable for those who lived in the first few blocks at least.
Link
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1332. setfree7
3:27 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
Padre Island even has some damage. Link
couple of houses still standing in Galveston, Link
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1331. AirTrafficMan
3:27 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
why anyone would ignore a cute face like that is beyond me. LOL. Oops...not really in line with the admin's stance. Sorry..plz don't ban me..I won't do it again.
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1330. AirTrafficMan
3:26 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
Customer Service:
888-221-1161

Pat. That is PayPal's phone number. Explain to them what you are trying to do and see what they offer. Best to way to get the cash quickly. I can help but want to know how. How long will you need the truck? I can then maybe rent the truck for you, etc. Let's talk.
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1329. melwerle
3:25 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
In Savannah...gas is up to 4.27/gallon. Never thought trying to be a stay-at-home mom was really going to mean I had to stay at home.

Looking at the news this morning and seeing all the devastation...unbelievable.
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1328. setfree7
3:21 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
the churches here in Ft Worth are supporting all the shelters in numerous ways. We do for every evacuation.
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1327. FLtoUT
3:21 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
Quoting setfree7:
Levee broke at Terrebonne (several paragraphs down the report)
Link


The storm's reach just blows my mind. Good luck to those people
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1326. IMA
3:21 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
By the way, wonderful thing to do -- would've said it sooner but think I'm on Pat's ignore list 'cause of comments to CCTXAngel and it still brings tears to my eyes :( -- LA doesn't owe us anything, TX did what we did after "K" 'cause that's what any good neighbor would do :)
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1325. groundgirl
3:20 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
Quoting Patrap:
wetbankguy..

I am coordinating a Relief Push for the Galveston area by Thursday.
Am renting a 16ft Budget truck to fill with relief supplies.
Contact me here via wu-mail if you would like to help with it.

Anyone else who would like to help as well contact me via wu-mail.

NOLA owes Texas and we aim to help..in a Hurry.

Pat
I can't contribute, too far away, no money but wish you Godspeed.
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1324. stormdude77
3:20 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
Invest 92L has been deactivated...

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1323. CozumelCati
3:20 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
Sorry about the repost...the last one posted incomplete...it was to say thank you Kmanislander, AND Patrap, Setfree, IMA, and so many others, for information and links> It really help as I have much trouble getting information down here...and my computer cable service is very slow...And please don't attack (flame?) me for wishing to thank people for their efforts. At least I care.
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1322. IMA
3:19 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
Quoting presslord:
Pat...if you will post an address on your blog, I'd like to send you a check....and encourage others to do so as well....
If you don't want to post an address, you can do a PayPal address or do one of those fundable.com deals (not sure if they charge a % or not, the Fundable folks).
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1321. Patrap
3:19 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
Contact me here Press, via wu-mail.
2 Checks already on the way.

Id rather not Publish that addy in the Main.
Send anything.
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1320. DanaNOLA
3:18 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
Quoting Patrap:
wetbankguy..

I am coordinating a Relief Push for the Galveston area by Thursday.
Am renting a 16ft Budget truck to fill with relief supplies.
Contact me here via wu-mail if you would like to help with it.

Anyone else who would like to help as well contact me via wu-mail.

NOLA owes Texas and we aim to help..in a Hurry.

Pat


Thank you for doing this....it gives us an opportunity to give back to the Texus communities that helped us so much. And maybe a chance to redeem our reputation as a bunch of freeloaders and thugs ( mostly well deserved--unfortunately the good and grateful people of New Orleans had to suffer for the bad freeloaders and thugs)

Dana
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1319. setfree7
3:18 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
Levee broke at Terrebonne (several paragraphs down the report)
Link
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1318. fire831rescue
3:17 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
Wow. The blog is ummmm..... quiet. Nobody on here. LOL. Where did everyone go?
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1317. presslord
3:15 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
Pat...if you will post an address on your blog, I'd like to send you a check....and encourage others to do so as well....
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1316. IMA
3:15 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
I don't understand why they are allowing people to stay on Galveston Island. I would think it would make more since to get everyone except emergency personnel off the island. Before I get jumped on -- I'm not saying they should or shouldn't, just that I don't understand.
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1315. Beachfoxx
3:14 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
Same situation here on NW FL Panhandle.
Quoting dearmas:
I'm in Tampa Fl and we have gas stations that are total out of gas. Really crazy. Just a comment
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1314. c93
3:13 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
latest in stl...
60mph gust recorded
flooding in homes up to shoulders in ladue
trees down
i'll post again when i learn more
1313. twifob
3:12 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
Quoting WetBankGuy:
Why would the experimental surge models get it so wrong?


Uh ... because they are experimental? That means it's still being developed, not ready for prime time, and buggier than a tropical raqin forest!
1312. keyjo50
3:11 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
If you go to Link, they have forums set up for each county.

If you click on "Other Galveston County" you can find a lot of posts on Crystal Beach. One of those has pics and here they are
1311. setfree7
3:07 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
Crystal beachLink
Galveston picLink
This last link seems to have alot of info and additional links.
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1310. dixiewixey
3:06 PM GMT on September 14, 2008
From khou news, water and ice can be found for Montgomery Country Precinct 2 31355 Friendship Dr, south at Shenandoah City Hall, and precinct4 at City Commissioner's Barn.

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