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Old 09-12-2008, 12:54 AM   #1
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Are we to be witness to another catastrophe? akin to that of the :-

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Galveston Hurricane of 1900

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HURRICANE IKE LOCAL STATEMENT

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX

419 PM CDT THU SEP 11 2008

...VERY LARGE HURRICANE IKE HEADING TOWARDS SOUTHEAST TEXAS...

GALVESTON COUNTY:

A MANDATORY EVACUATION HAS BEEN ORDERED FOR ALL OF GALVESTON

ISLAND. THIS ORDER GOES INTO EFFECT AT NOON TODAY.

SHORELINE OF GALVESTON BAY...15 TO 22 FEET

LIFE THREATENING INUNDATION LIKELY!

ALL NEIGHBORHOODS...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 WILL 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. 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.

I have prepared a chartlet showing exactly where the eye of the storm is forecast to be by the National Hurricane Centre on the 13 September at 0600 UTC - 29 degrees North x 95 degrees West. Because the circulation is anti-clockwise the potential for a catastrophic event is rated as being probable.

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Satellite Image taken 2345 UTC 11th September - shows the storm almost filling the whole of the Gulf of Mexico :-

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Satellite Image taken 0145 UTC 13th September - shows the storm's eye on the doorstep of Galveston Island :-

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Satellite Image taken 0315 UTC 13th September - shows the storm's northern part of the eye's wall at Galveston Island (this time, may be when the highest winds are recorded) :-

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Here's one early report of the storm. IKE
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Here is just one image of a few boats that were caught up by the surge's swirling waters north of Galveston and into Houston's bywaters :-

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