Following Hurricane IKE – Weary Updates
Galveston County Emergency Management – Ongoing Storm Alerts
- •Millions without electricity; full fix could take weeks
•Fire destroys Brennan’s Restaurant; 3 hurt (w/video)
•Some tips to make life more bearable after the storm
•Return to normal gas supply hinges on Ike’s ferocity
•Weathering the storm: How area residents waited for Ike
•Massive storm surge swallows Surfside Beach
- Pasadena PD loses power, 911 service
- Weather watches, warnings currently in effect for Greater Houston area
- No power for nearly 3M in Houston area
- All emergency response in Harris County suspended
- Elderly evacuees spend night on buses
- 91-year-old rides out Ike in Galveston
- Damage reports from throughout the area
- Brennan’s restaurant burns; HFD limits fire response across town
- Port of Houston will likely shut down through the weekend
MANCHESTER, N.H. – For the second time in as many weeks, Sen. Barack Obama scrapped campaign plans as a major hurricane threatened the Gulf Coast.
The Democratic presidential nominee canceled a scheduled skit on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live, skipping a flight to New York for the comedy show and instead heading home to Chicago.
After speaking with FEMA officials and the mayor of Houston about preparedness in the face of Hurricane Ike, which made landfall early Saturday morning, Mr. Obama adjusted his schedule.
“In light of the unfolding crisis in Texas, Senator Obama has decided it is no longer appropriate to appear on Saturday Night Live tomorrow evening,” the campaign announced just before midnight Friday.
There is a spike of up to 40 percent in fill-ups as Hurricane Ike bears down on the city.
There is a significant chance that Ike will be the worst hurricane to hit Texas in over 40 years. The latest run of the HWRF and GFDL models paint a realistic worst-case scenario for Texas. These models bring Ike to the coast as a Category 4 hurricane (which I give a 20% probability of happening). The HWRF predicts a 170-mile stretch of coast will receive hurricane force winds of 74 mph or greater. A 100-mile stretch of coast will receive winds of Category 3 strength and higher, 115 mph. Hurricane force winds will push inland up to 50 miles, along a 50-mile wide region where the eyewall makes landfall. A 100-mile stretch of Texas coast will receive a storm surge of 10-15 feet, with bays just to the right of where the eye makes landfall receiving a 20-25 foot storm surge. This is what Hurricane Carla of 1961 did to Texas. Carla was a Category 4 hurricane with 145 mph winds at landfall, and drove a 10 foot or higher storm surge to a 180-mile stretch of Texas coast. A maximum storm surge of 22 feet was recorded at Port Lavaca, Texas. Despite the fact that the center of Carla hit over 120 miles southwest of Houston, the hurricane drove a 15-foot storm surge into the bays along the south side of the city.