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Offline Harley Pearman

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Re: Hurricane Ike: From 1st of September 2008
« Reply #30 on: 14 September 2008, 03:26:41 PM »
I have been watching this for hours and it is a beautiful hurricane in terms of its circulation at the same website stated by Mike.

I have been going though local forecasts from Galveston including current reports. I have found out that some buoys have been damaged / destroyed. The storm surge seems to be 15 feet but could reach 18 feet. However, some instruments appear to be destroyed or not operating so I cannot see all the data.

It was a direct hit on Galveston but the damage seems to be significant. I think the authorities are furious because in addition to 40% of the population staying in Galveston being some 20,000 residents who disregarded the warnings to leave, there have been some 2,300 urgent calls for help on 911. There might be a higher death toll than the 2 reported so far but that is still to unfold.

On CNN I read a report that electricity has been knocked out to 1.8 million customers in Houston. Ike came ashore on Galveston Island as a Category 2 and started to come ashore at 4.25 pm (AEST) right on Galveston. It had winds at that time of 110 MPH.

Although a weather statement at Galveston right at the time of landfall stated:-

THE NATIONAL OCEAN SURFACE STATION AT GALVESTON PLEASURE PIER RECENTLY REPORTED A WIND GUST OF 85 MPH OR 137 KM / HR.

That occurred just minutes before landfall and the highest wind gust report that I could find at that time. The eye was beginning to cross Galveston Island by 4.25 pm (AEST).

I managed to get into a web site with breaking storeys taken 7.30 PM AEST and USA Today plus other updates at:-

http://www.usatoday.com/weather/hurricane/2008-09-13-hurricane-ike-texas_N.htm

Events are unfolding and includes:-

- Ike whipped into Galveston after 3 am.
- As night fell Friday, 911 operators were besieged by pleas for help but it was too late.
- At 5 am, the Hurricane was located 25 miles east of Houston (The eye was over the eastern suburbs of the city).
- Late Friday, waves were crashing over the seawall in Galveston and 300 people had to be rescued.
- There is also a curfew in the city.
- A bulk carrier is languishing after breaking down off Galveston but the 22 on board still cannot be rescued.
- The storm has shut down 97% of oil production and 94% of gas production in the Gulf of Mexico.
- The Port of Houston has been closed.

Full analysis and interactive reading, weather reports, updates, photos, satellite photos and updates from the SPC can be found at that web site stated.

There are numerous early photos of water and inundation of areas of Galveston.

I was reading on another site a statement from insurers that fortell a possible damage bill as high as $25 Billion. It is being regarded as the first major strike on a major US city since Katrina in 2005. Insurers do not like this one especially with around $1 Trillion worth of property insured around Houston. Watch this one and see what it does to the USA economy.

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Re: Hurricane Ike: From 1st of September 2008
« Reply #31 on: 14 September 2008, 03:42:48 PM »
Have been having fun during the afternoon watching some of the live TV feeds, including from Galveston while they were outside in the eye of the hurricane. All nice and calm, apart from the flooding and debris, with the winds to pick up again a bit later of course. Mainly been watching the feeds IDing as Local 2 or ABC13 as they seem to be the most stable, the others keep pausing on my dodgy internet connection.

Should be getting light there now, might have to have another look.

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Re: Hurricane Ike: From 1st of September 2008
« Reply #32 on: 15 September 2008, 09:08:25 AM »
Galveston - The aftermath

I thought it would be appropriate to provide a few words regarding the aftermath. Hurricane Ike has now been down graded to a tropical storm with sustained winds of 40 miles per hour and it will continue to weaken. It is just dumping rain now with rainfalls of between 75 and 125 mm is expected over wide areas of Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.

The storm surge was reported around 4.5 metres or 15 feet in Galveston which was less than the 20 to 22 feet (6 to 6.5 metres) expected.

Damage is heavy in the city but rescue workers are only just starting to see what has happened here. Floods in Galveston City reached 2 metres deep at the peak of the storm.

There are skyscrapers in Houston with their windows blown in and electricity is out to a rather large area. The clean up operation is only just in its infancy and the number of fatalities is still at 2 but it is early days yet.

One thing it has done is to spike oil prices so this has affected the prices of oil and this will have a flow on effect in due course.

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Re: Hurricane Ike: From 1st of September 2008
« Reply #33 on: 16 September 2008, 07:38:47 AM »
Indeed.  Sure has made for some good reading from all.  I don't think I've stayed up so late watching live streams in a long time!  Only one other disturbance in the Atlantic and although has spiral circulation it's not anything to be concerned about just yet.  As is the norm with these storms all the aftermath effects flow onto us again - usually always bad fuel wise.  Spare a thought for those in the affected areas - they must really detest hurricane season, but it's something they have to live with and are all to familiar with.

Thanks all for the comments since the thread started, I've thoroughly enjoyed all of them.
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Re: Hurricane Ike: From 1st of September 2008
« Reply #34 on: 17 September 2008, 06:08:18 AM »
Some damage comparison shots are becoming available.  This site will have more in a day or two

http://coastal.er.usgs.gov/hurricanes/ike/photo-comparisons/bolivar.html



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Re: Hurricane Ike: From 1st of September 2008
« Reply #35 on: 17 September 2008, 07:33:54 AM »
There's a photo on the front page of our paper today which shows a similar pic. Except this two story dwelling is the ONLY house standing on a very large stretch of coastline!  Don't know if it was raised higher than the rest but it's pretty sureal and the owners must be gobsmacked!
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Re: Hurricane Ike: From 1st of September 2008
« Reply #36 on: 18 September 2008, 01:06:13 AM »
More damage photos:

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2008/09/the_short_but_eventful_life_of.html

Satellite loop - why can't "our" satellite go on rapid scan mode with scans every 5-10 minutes?  The GOES-12 blank "eclipse" images mean the satellite was in Earth's shadow and the batteries are not strong enough to power operations. GOES-13 has a bigger battery to last while there is no solar power.

http://cimss.ssec.wisc.edu/goes/blog/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/080913_g12_g13_ir_anim.gif

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