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Old 09-08-08, 01:46 AM
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The Hurricane Ike Thread

So if this was the "mother of all storms", what's Nagin going to call this one?

Also, am I the only one that sees Nagin and Jindal's reactions leading to a classic case of "boy who cried wolf"?
Old 09-08-08, 07:12 AM
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Well, it spent a lot of time at Cat. 4, including just before landfall in Cuba. It's on a course that will run the entire length of Cuba, and will emerge rather disorganized and weakened.

Forecasting isn't a perfect science and the forecasters are better than me. They forecast it will reorganize to Cat 3 and hit US near TX-LA border, but "cone of uncertainty" runs from tip of Texas to Florida panhandle. I'm sure they can call it better by Wednesday.
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Its not projected to NOLA right now.
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Well, I am right smack in the middle of the cone of doom. I figure Texas is due to take a hit sooner rather than later. So far we have been fortunate with the last few 'canes to come into the Gulf.

On the plus side, I now have a small generator (for football tailgating and camping) that I can use in a power loss situation and all my window plywood is pre-cut (thanks to Katrina's threat). So I'm as ready as you can get.
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Old 09-08-08, 09:15 AM
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Originally Posted by SmackDaddy View Post
Well, I am right smack in the middle of the cone of doom. I figure Texas is due to take a hit sooner rather than later. So far we have been fortunate with the last few 'canes to come into the Gulf.

On the plus side, I now have a small generator (for football tailgating and camping) that I can use in a power loss situation and all my window plywood is pre-cut (thanks to Katrina's threat). So I'm as ready as you can get.
I'm farther up north (in Humble), but I'm sure I'll be affected if we take a direct hit.
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Originally Posted by abrg923 View Post
also, am i the only one that sees nagin and jindal's reactions leading to a classic case of "boy who cried wolf"?
yes
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Really?

I mean...I totally agree with the way they handled things. But if they issue the same type of reaction for every hurricane that comes through, and the next 2-3 aren't big ones...pretty soon, people aren't going to be as quick to evacuate.
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Back in the olden days these types of storms were known as weather. Now its aieeeeeee, wind rain it is DOOMSDAY. Run away.

Also I too laugh with the General.
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^That's why many folks didn't evacuate for Katrina. After Katrina, people should think differently there.
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For some odd reason, a Merrill Lynch office was closed today in Miami, due to Ike. It's not even supposed to touch Florida, and certainly not today. I guess they needed a day off today.
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For some odd reason, a Merrill Lynch office was closed today in Miami, due to Ike. It's not even supposed to touch Florida, and certainly not today. I guess they needed a day off today.
That is odd. The keys, however, are apparently taking a hit now. Conan was interrupted with a weather alert.
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Well, looks like it ended up coming right for me! I've covered my windows, stocked up on food/water and have my generator ready to go.

I just hope my trees can withstand the possible 100+mph winds That's the only damage I'm really worried about.

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Reason #34 why I'm glad I no longer live in Houston.
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Originally Posted by matta View Post
Reason #34 why I'm glad I no longer live in Houston.
Please list the other 33 reasons.. I'm wondering why this got pushed so far down..
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If Ike comes in just southwest of Galveston (like it is forecasted) then Houston and Galveston will be battered. Officials are predicting up to a 22' storm surge that would completely inundate Galveston and could flood 500,000 or more homes on the coast.

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What people keep forgetting is the reason New Orleans was decimated by Katrina is because it sits BELOW SEA LEVEL! Houston and Galveston are several feet above sea level. Hell, after the 1900 Galveston hurricane, the ENTIRE CITY was raised by 17 feet. THE ENTIRE CITY. I definitely wouldn't want to be in town for the hurricane, and I'd want to make sure my windows were boarded up, but most, if not all of it will still be there when you get back.
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Well, waves are crashing over the 16' sea wall in Galveston and Ike's center is still 260 miles away.
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Originally Posted by shaun3000 View Post
Hell, after the 1900 Galveston hurricane, the ENTIRE CITY was raised by 17 feet. THE ENTIRE CITY.
The entire city just on the south (Gulf side) which is not very big, actually pretty small. Most of Galveston Island including all of the bay side is sea level.
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What people keep forgetting is the reason New Orleans was decimated by Katrina is because it sits BELOW SEA LEVEL! Houston and Galveston are several feet above sea level. Hell, after the 1900 Galveston hurricane, the ENTIRE CITY was raised by 17 feet. THE ENTIRE CITY. I definitely wouldn't want to be in town for the hurricane, and I'd want to make sure my windows were boarded up, but most, if not all of it will still be there when you get back.
The storm surge is projected to be 20-25 feet

The weather service painted a vivid picture in its warning of the destruction it expects: a towering wall of water, possibly up to 22 feet high, crashing over the Galveston Bay shoreline as the brunt of Ike comes ashore. That wall of water could send floodwaters surging into Houston, more than 20 miles inland.
http://www.cnn.com/2008/US/weather/0...xas/index.html
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Please list the other 33 reasons.. I'm wondering why this got pushed so far down..
Have you ever been to the east side of the city?
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The weather service painted a vivid picture in its warning of the destruction it expects: a towering wall of water, possibly up to 22 feet high, crashing over the Galveston Bay shoreline as the brunt of Ike comes ashore. That wall of water could send floodwaters surging into Houston, more than 20 miles inland.
I don't think they expect everything between Galveston and Houston to be flooded. The flooding in Houston would likely come from the ship channel, and the fact that Houston's drainage is so poor that the city floods in moderate thunder storms (reason #6).
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My parents are staying with me. They live pretty close to NASA and the zip code they line in was a mandatory evacuation starting yesterday. I hope the storm is not as bad as the predictions.
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Originally Posted by shaun3000 View Post
What people keep forgetting is the reason New Orleans was decimated by Katrina is because it sits BELOW SEA LEVEL! Houston and Galveston are several feet above sea level. Hell, after the 1900 Galveston hurricane, the ENTIRE CITY was raised by 17 feet. THE ENTIRE CITY. I definitely wouldn't want to be in town for the hurricane, and I'd want to make sure my windows were boarded up, but most, if not all of it will still be there when you get back.
There were many places on the Mississippi Gulf Coast that were well above sea level that looked like an atomic bomb went off after Katrina. Being above sea level certainly helps, but a lot of people are going to be homeless after Ike hits.

My thoughts and prayers are with those people.

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