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smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 2:21 PM

THINKING OF OUR TEXAS FRIENDS

Ike is making dead aim for the Galveston ship channel and the situation for southeast Texas is terrifying. I'll be thinking of all our Texans and hoping for your safety in the storm. I know many of you will be out of touch for various reasons, but please let us all know how you are when you can. We'll be worrying for you all.

nelly
Nelly  (Level: 172.0 - Posts: 1167)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 2:31 PM

What Donna said. Take care everyone!

1mks
1mks  (Level: 210.8 - Posts: 5883)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 2:36 PM

If anyone needs a place to stay......let me know.......

donleigh
Donleigh  (Level: 147.5 - Posts: 5072)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 3:04 PM

That sucker is huge. Hope everybody is ok.

gypsylady
Gypsylady  (Level: 142.6 - Posts: 6049)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 3:20 PM

My thoughts and prayers will be with the people of Texas in the path of Ike! Hope everyone stays safe and there is minimal damage.

Marilyn...

tresgatos
Tresgatos  (Level: 204.2 - Posts: 4185)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 3:25 PM

I too will be thinking of everyone in the path of Ike!

-- Geri

osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 4:13 PM


Sending prayers and positive thoughts to everyone in Ike's path. God bless! Be safe!

Susan

papermanbill
Papermanbill  (Level: 41.3 - Posts: 1313)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 4:45 PM

My sister-in-law's brother lives near Galveston Bay and told her that they evacuate by zip codes. Is that weird or just plain wrong ??

chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 4:51 PM

That is the biggest freakin hurricane (diameter) in forever. I sincerely hope everyone is ok.

I did read about how incredibly proactive Galveston has been in preparation of Ike's landfall. Kudos to the city.

Me.

kaelin
Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 5:32 PM

We are the place that many evacuees come. Just had a lady come in the office from Beaumont.

I made he who is w/o a job (my husband) go up and batten down the roof today - they are telling us a foot of water -- for being 5 hours from Galveston - that's a little freaky

taco24
Taco24  (Level: 131.0 - Posts: 589)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 5:32 PM

papermanbill
It is not wrong, or weird. Actually, I approve. If followed, it enables there to be a smoother evacuation route. Trust me, I was in the Rita disaster. It was a friggin nightmare with over a million people on the Houston highways all at once. Many of us stayed in our cars for nearly two days, without gas etc.
As a result, the zip code issue has enabled people to leave at different periods as to relieve the highways/expressways. I am in zip c, so that is why I am staying.

bbear
Bbear  (Level: 161.0 - Posts: 2301)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 6:33 PM

In the New Orleans area we have "Evacuation Zones". The folks closer to the gulf are supposed to get out first (they don't), then the suburbs (they don't either) then the city folks (ditto on the don't). It only works if folks pay attention.

It sounds like the entire island of Galveston is going to be under water and that as many as 40% didn't evacuate. How horrid. The governor of Texas warned folks to expect to die.

Prior to Katrina hitting here, Gov. Blanco requested that everyone choosing to stay write their social security numbers on their arms with indelible ink "so we can identify your body"; how scary is that?

taco24
Taco24  (Level: 131.0 - Posts: 589)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 6:35 PM

I remember that now. Very scary with those 22 guys on the broken down ship in the Gulf, directly in the path of the storm. Nor can the Coast Guard go get them either (at least that is the most recent news on them)

mplaw51
Mplaw51  (Level: 179.5 - Posts: 1582)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 7:29 PM

It's so darn big. How scary to be in its path. I pray there isn't the terrible death and destruction that we've seen in the past. We're glued to TV watching it.

ladyvol
Ladyvol  (Level: 205.2 - Posts: 5486)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 7:56 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with the folks down in Texas...
Vickie

chyenn
Chyenn  (Level: 202.5 - Posts: 1332)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 8:23 PM

our local Pensacola news showed flooded yards and roads along the coast today from Destin, FL to near Mobile AL. if we are getting that kind of storm surge here already, i can't begin to imagine what the coasts of TX and LA will see.

my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 8:35 PM

Taco - aren't some zipcode areas higher and further away from the surge, also? I know they're talking about 20' surge in the shipping channels so that area would be in more danger.

While ago, they were saying the water is way over the Galveston seawall and it's flooded in downtown. I love the strand. Galveston has such a history since the early 1900s hurricane that changed their world and Galveston as they knew it. Just such a vulnerable place.

taco24
Taco24  (Level: 131.0 - Posts: 589)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 9:21 PM

Hi Jank!
Yes, I am enclosing a zip code map. Sent this to Kimoira earlier.

I am also enclosing a local Houston station for good updates.

You are correct about the Galveston area. Other areas are also flooded now.-Kemah, Tiki Island, Seabrook etc. Of crouse, these are the areas where my students come from, so I do worry about them.

http://www.khou.com/

Zip code map from same site-yes, please enlarge. Again, I am in zone C
http://www.khou.com/images/0809/ZIPcodeevacuation.pdf

It is getting windier here. I am as prepared as I can be considering everything.

osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 9:37 PM


Taco, you'll be fine. It will be scary, but keep your eyes and ears open at all times, and by all means watch your kitties. Animals are infinitely more intuitive than we mere mortals. When they freak out, it's time to be extra careful. In the outside event that your situation changes dramatically, stay in an inner non-windowed room (preferably a bathroom or closet) with your pets at your side. Let them roam as free as possibile within the aforementioned confines.

Stay safe! Here's hoping that you keep your power. God bless!

Susan

taco24
Taco24  (Level: 131.0 - Posts: 589)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 9:45 PM

Thank you from another Susan!

Yes, I already have candles in place. I am glad I do not live in north Houston, an area known for lots of pine trees. Pines are known for falling rather easily in these types of storms. It is these areas which will endure much more damage.
I will unplug the computer etc. before retiring for the evening-if sleep is possible....

Again, thanks for the nice comments!

lucimoore
Lucimoore  (Level: 183.1 - Posts: 1683)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 9:46 PM

Thinking about all of you in Texas. Stay safe and stay in touch if possible. I truly believe in the power of positive thinking and I know there are many, many members here that are lifting you high with good thoughts.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 9:48 PM

Crap you guys. Please keep in touch as you can, and let us know you're ok.

osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 10:01 PM


Susan, candles are great -- AFTER the storm! Please do not under any circumstance light a candle while the storm is still brewing. An unexpected wind gust can ignite an otherwise safe haven. Take care!

taco24
Taco24  (Level: 131.0 - Posts: 589)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 10:03 PM

Good idea!
200,000 already out of power

no more rescues in Galveston now

taco24
Taco24  (Level: 131.0 - Posts: 589)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 10:31 PM

Now beginning to hear the rain.
It is on its way.

taco24
Taco24  (Level: 131.0 - Posts: 589)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 10:41 PM

#%&()(%%

The cable just went out.

no tv

osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 10:43 PM


That's a good thing. The sooner it nears you, the sooner it will leave. It's natural to be scared -- and crazy not to be. This is the time to be aware at all times of your surroundings. Don't worry about getting a normal good night's sleep -- it's really better not to do that. Stay awake and aware as long as possible. You'll be fine, but it always pays to be alert. Trust your instincts at all times -- your head, heart and gut. And always go with your gut. This will be quite the story to tell one day. You'll be fine where you are as long as you pay attention. God bless!

osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 10:53 PM


Sent you a PM, Susan. Hope you still have power. Am here to help in any way.

Chin up!

Susan

smokydevil
Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 10:58 PM

Keep us up to date Texas, we're all hoping you come out of this okay....

luvnmexsun
Luvnmexsun  (Level: 147.4 - Posts: 711)
Fri, 12th Sep '08 11:58 PM

Yes...we are all worried about you.

Please post any news anyone.

pepperdoc
Pepperdoc  (Level: 152.5 - Posts: 4286)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 12:13 AM

Taco is the only one I've seen post so far that is in immediate line of the hurricane. Hope others will post if they are, too.
Coastal cities in Texas have partner cities inland so when these things happen people in specific cities can go to shelters in their partner cities (optional). This was a system set up after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Taco has explained the evacuation plan by zone or zip code to prevent congestion or stalls on highways, where cars could get stuck running out of gas because of idling for hours. People started arriving at shelters yesterday (Thursday) and that continued through today.

Seawall in Galveston (17 feet high), waves are above that, and the eye hasn't hit land yet. (as of 11 p.m. CDT) Predicted Galveston, possibly League City and other coastal cities will be under water for as long as 24 hours.

It's hard to understand the size of this if you don't live or haven't lived in this area. (We're talking an area about the size of all the New England states or larger.) When the storm system hits near Waco tomorrow, they are predicting that it will still be categorized as a hurricane. (Check out the map and see how many miles that is inland.) When it passes east of Dallas tomorrow afternoon, it will be a tropical storm headed toward Texarkana. I've never heard of a tropical storm this deep inland. Hoping that the storm will decrease in intensity and damage will be minimized.

The biggest concern is the surge of water along the coastline that could put cities under water and the other damage that happens from a hurricane, and pretty high wind gusts inland. When it moves inland, then you worry about potential tornadoes. A tropical storm system, that I think started in Cabo (Mexico) to the southwest a few days ago is responsible for causing the hurricane to take a hook eastward around Waco tomorrow (predicted).

It will probably move out of the state by late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.

I think Louisiana has already gotten some surges along its coastline, and I'm not sure what the prediction is after the system heads northeast into Arkansas.



osuzannacollage
Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 12:25 AM


Friends in Alabama tell me that the causeway between Mobile and Baldwin County was closed early this afternoon. There are huge waves on the beaches. Just goes to show how incredibly massive Ike is. God bless everyone in Ike's path! Stay safe!

bbear
Bbear  (Level: 161.0 - Posts: 2301)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 12:59 AM

Poor Terribonne parish in southern LA got slammed again today after they got slammed in Gustav - levees broke down there. I'm scared for the "forty percent" of Galvaston that didn't leave.

oldcougar
Oldcougar  (Level: 219.7 - Posts: 1935)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 1:06 AM

Sending you all good thoughts

cjar855
Cjar855  (Level: 133.4 - Posts: 838)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 1:08 AM

My prayers go out to all who are affected by this storm. I'll pray for your safety.

maddy1303
Maddy1303  (Level: 10.3 - Posts: 36)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 1:19 AM

hope that everything turns out ok for you taco, and everyone in the path of this horrible storm!

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 9:52 AM

They're saying virtually no power for 2 million in the Houston area, and possibly weeks before it's restored. Having lost power for only two days recently, I can't even imagine.

Hang on, Texas!

joanneeberlin
Joanneeberlin  (Level: 184.2 - Posts: 686)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 9:59 AM

Ike Yikes!

Thinking of you all and praying you will stay safe in Texas and surrounding areas that Ike is hitting. Will never complain about our weather here in Canada ever again! Again please stay safe.

Jo

kimoira
Kimoira  (Level: 201.5 - Posts: 1190)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 10:40 AM

My brother managed to leave a message for us this morning, so far all they lost was a fence. He's North of where Taco is in Houston so no doubt they're all in the dark at this time and for who knows how long.

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 11:04 AM

Just heard that the water system is in crisis, pumps down, pressure too low and worries about contamination.

kaelin
Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 11:45 AM

We are holed up and I'm trying to make the decision if we leave our house (which is a double wide that's extremely well grounded - had a tornado come by multiple times and didn't even shake it) - or head up to the office which is a brick building.

They are saying at this point 45-50 mph winds hitting us about noon - so just keeping an eye on things - dumb butt husband saying "can I change the channel and watch some football"

I know where I'd LIKE to put a football

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 11:45 AM

I'm just reading about all the people who defied the orders to evacuate and are now calling for help, which will put rescue workers lives at risk. I don't understand some people.

kaelin
Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 11:47 AM

okay - winds just started - signing off

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 11:55 AM



chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 12:41 PM

Well...not Ike, but we're flooding like crazy in Chicago. Bailed out the in-laws all morning, gotta love the smell of sewage.

Sigh

Me.

smoke20
Smoke20  (Level: 62.6 - Posts: 2815)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 12:47 PM

You're gonna flood more - getting may 10 inches of Ike.

1mks
1mks  (Level: 210.8 - Posts: 5883)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 1:04 PM

I just heard on the radio that it is going to hit pretty hard where Kaelin is so everyone needs to keep them in your thoughts. In the Dallas area it is dark and gloomy and the wind is picking up here also. I think we will get lots of rain but not nearly as much damage as the coastal areas. I'm with Lodi on the deal about people being told to leave and then decide to stay. I am really afraid that there will be lots of loss of life in Galveston and the immediate area around there.


embee
Embee  (Level: 86.7 - Posts: 362)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 5:06 PM

I spent the day bailing my parents out too Chicky! I'm tired, cold and wet.

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 5:13 PM

That sucks, MB & Kel. I'm sitting here in 80+ weather, blue skies, with all the doors & windows open.

Wish I could help.

sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sat, 13th Sep '08 6:20 PM

I think the US Coast Guard is just awesome. Watching these brave folks risk their lives for others. Truly inspiring.

chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Sun, 14th Sep '08 2:51 AM

Now that it's out of TX, CAN WE STOP THE FRIGGIN RAIN ALREADY? Chicago is going to DROWN.

Me.

chickfbref1
Chickfbref1  (Level: 120.7 - Posts: 2012)
Sun, 14th Sep '08 2:52 AM

AHEM evil Sploofeditors...noticed I said "friggin"...

Thank you very much.

Me.

jeannette
Jeannette  (Level: 110.8 - Posts: 1736)
Sun, 14th Sep '08 4:55 AM

hope every one is ok was watching it on tv ,i will stop moaning about all the rain we,ve had (well for now ) chick you built that ark yet. it was frightening to watch be safe all x j

kaelin
Kaelin  (Level: 49.2 - Posts: 1685)
Sun, 14th Sep '08 9:19 AM

We are all okay here - pretty intense winds but thankfully my 100 year old tree stood strong (close to house)
Tank is overflowing (pond for non-rural people) - thankful I have one of the dreaded suv's so that I can actually get out or we would be stuck at the house til it drained off - won't even have to use the 4-wheel drive because we had such a drought here it hasn't gone up that high...cows will be well watered now

Have 51 people (evacuees) and 12 national guardsmen housed at our church so guess I'll be headed in to town now to help feed them for lunch.



sandracam
Sandracam  (Level: 149.3 - Posts: 4190)
Sun, 14th Sep '08 9:32 AM

Good news Kaelin. Happy that things are okay with you.


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