Holy Crap, does this one look big. I’m seeing reports that there are still thousands of people on Galveston Island, which may be completely flooded by the incoming storm surge. I’m offsite right now so no links, but they should be easy enough to find. God help those folks still stuck in the coastal areas.
Ike is only a cat 2 right now, but it’s huge, and the storm surge is predicted to be very high. The Nat. Weather Service told people on coastal areas that they may face ‘certain death’ if they don’t flee. Can’t get much stronger wording than that.
Will also be interesting to see how gas prices react, since they have been steadily dropping for weeks now. Lots of refineries in the general vicinity of Houston.
EDIT: Here’s the NWS warning… (added emphasis)
LIFE THREATENING INUNDATION LIKELY NEAR THE IMMEDIATE COAST AND
NEIGHBORHOODS THAT ARE AFFECTED BY THE STORM SURGE…AND POSSIBLY
ENTIRE COASTAL COMMUNITIES… WILL BE INUNDATED DURING THE PERIOD
OF PEAK STORM TIDE. PERSONS NOT HEEDING EVACUATION ORDERS IN
SINGLE FAMILY ONE OR TWO STORY HOMES MAY FACE CERTAIN DEATH. MANY
RESIDENCES OF AVERAGE CONSTRUCTION DIRECTLY ON THE COAST WILL BE
DESTROYED. WIDESPREAD AND DEVASTATING PERSONAL PROPERTY DAMAGE IS
LIKELY ELSEWHERE. VEHICLES LEFT BEHIND WILL LIKELY BE SWEPT AWAY.
NUMEROUS ROADS WILL BE SWAMPED…SOME MAY BE WASHED AWAY BY THE
WATER. ENTIRE FLOOD PRONE COASTAL COMMUNITIES WILL BE CUTOFF.
WATER LEVELS MAY EXCEED 9 FEET FOR MORE THAN A MILE INLAND.
COASTAL RESIDENTS IN MULTI-STORY FACILITIES RISK BEING CUTOFF.
CONDITIONS WILL BE WORSENED BY BATTERING WAVES CLOSER TO THE
COAST. SUCH WAVES WILL EXACERBATE PROPERTY DAMAGE…WITH MASSIVE
DESTRUCTION OF HOMES…INCLUDING THOSE OF BLOCK CONSTRUCTION.
DAMAGE FROM BEACH EROSION COULD TAKE YEARS TO REPAIR