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marmar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-11-08 07:40 AM
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AP: Houston-Galveston could face major damage from Ike
via Yahoo!:



Houston-Galveston could face major damage from Ike
By JUAN A. LOZANO, Associated Press Writer
1 hour, 44 minutes ago



HOUSTON - Gleaming skyscrapers, the nation's biggest refinery and NASA's Johnson Space Center lie in areas that could be vulnerable to wind and damaging floodwaters if Hurricane Ike crashes ashore as a major hurricane.

Forecasters expect the storm to make landfall this weekend somewhere between Corpus Christi and Houston, creating the potential for heavy punishment for Houston even if it's not hit directly.

Some forecasts say Ike could strengthen to a fearsome Category 4 hurricane with winds of at least 131 mph over the Gulf of Mexico, and emergency officials warned it could drive a storm surge as high as 18 feet.

If current projections of the storm's path hold up, the area surrounding Houston home to about 4 million people would be lashed by the eastern or "dirty" side of the storm, said meteorologist Jeff Masters, co-founder of San Francisco-based Weather Underground. This stronger side of the storm often packs heavy rains, walloping storm surge and tornadoes.

"I expect a lot of damage in Houston from this storm," said Masters, adding that Ike could cause a "huge storm surge" affecting at least 100 miles of the Texas coast. ......(more)

The complete piece is at: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080911/ap_on_re_us/ike




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texastoast Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-11-08 07:45 AM
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1. The worst part of hurricanes in Houston
at least the last one, is the traffic.

I'm staying put today. The traffic jams scare me more than the wind. People just turned into complete animals when they didn't get their human needs met. The frustration levels for sitting in your car with children and pets for 15 hours and not going ANYWHERE was just a nighmare.
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Eurobabe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-11-08 07:49 AM
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3. I could never understand why they don't use 4 lanes going out
like in other areas that are hurricane prone. :shrug:
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Eurobabe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-11-08 07:47 AM
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2. Man I went through Alicia there in 1983 in Clear Lake
90MPH sustained winds, tornadoes for 6 hours, power out for 3 days, no water. We were just a couple of young kids with a toddler and another on the way. From the east coast, thinking we were safe 30 miles inland. Our house was brick, but every back window was shattered, the neighbors garden shed smashed into the back of the house. Thankfully we sought refuge in the baby's room on the northeast side of the house. One of the scariest nights of my life. The eeriest time was when the eye passed over us and it was calm for about 20 minutes, then the wind switched direction and howled the other way for a few hours.

Take care those of you on the Texas Coast, I would not want to be in your shoes right now!!

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