Skip to comments.Hurricane Ike Live Thread Part II
Posted on 09/10/2008 2:18:37 PM PDT by NautiNurse
Texas began issuing mandatory and voluntary evacuations as Hurricane Ike continued to strengthen and slowly moved toward an uncertain landfall destination in the western Gulf of Mexico. Texas Governor Rick Perry issued a disaster declaration in advance of the storm. Louisiana Governor Jindal released several hundred buses to Texas for evacuation assistance.
Reports from Cuba indicate widespread damage from Hurricane Ike, which raked the length of the island nation. The U.S. State Department again offered Cuba humanitarian assistance after a previous offer was declined by the Cuban government.
The stock market Wednesday rose as investors bought oil stocks and and oill futures fell.
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|Category||Wind Speed||Barometric Pressure||Storm Surge||Damage Potential|
|< 39 mph
< 34 kts
|39 - 73 mph
34 - 63 kts
|74 - 95 mph
64 - 82 kts
|28.94" or more
980.02 mb or more
|4.0' - 5.0'
1.2 m - 1.5 m
|Minimal damage to vegetation|
|96 - 110 mph
83 - 95 kts
|28.50" - 28.93"
965.12 mb - 979.68 mb
|6.0' - 8.0'
1.8 m - 2.4 m
|Moderate damage to houses|
|111 - 130 mph
96 - 112 kts
|27.91" - 28.49"
945.14 mb - 964.78 mb
|9.0' - 12.0'
2.7 m - 3.7 m
|Extensive damage to small buildings|
|131 - 155 mph
113 - 135 kts
|27.17" - 27.90"
920.08 mb - 944.80 mb
|13.0' - 18.0'
3.9 m - 5.5 m
|Extreme structural damage|
|Greater than 155 mph
Greater than 135 kts
|Less than 27.17"
Less than 920.08 mb
|Greater than 18.0'
Greater than 5.5m
|Catastrophic building failures possible|
Hurricane Ike Live Thread I
TS Hanna, Hurricane Ike & TS Josephine [Other than that, the tropics are calm]
Tropical Storms Hanna, Ike and Josephine, TD Gustav (Other than that, the tropics are calm)
Godspeed to all in Hurricane Ike's path.
Headed straight for DFW, as a TS, but could be a bunch of tornadoes still associated with it.
Cubar really took a pounding to knock this thing down from Cat 3.
Thanks for the thread. We are in AR with parents in Magnolia, near Conroe, north of Houston. What is the prediticted effects in that area???? Trying to decide whether to evacuate them or not...thx
A Tropical Storm Warning has been issued from the mouth of the
Mississippi River westward to Cameron Louisiana.
A Hurricane Watch has been issued from Cameron westward to
Port Mansfield Texas.
Hurricane Ike is moving NW at 8 mph. Winds 100 mph, 958 mb.
Ike is a very large tropical cyclone. Hurricane force winds extend
outward up to 90 miles from the center and tropical storm force
winds extend outward up to 205 miles.
Prayers up for all in Ike's path.
Thanx for the ping NN.
Track trend is rightwards. It would be interesting to see where Rita was forecast to go at this point.
My shipments going to the Houston area have been cancelled for now. Everybody in the area is stocking up and evacuating. I hope that this doesn’t become another Galveston-like hurricane from 1900 or Hurricane Mitch.
Now he's going to pull his arms in like a spinning skater over slightly cooler water, spin faster and slowly pick up forward speed
Prayers up for those in his path
Anywhere north of Corpus looks bad for me - I’m on the southwest side of the greater Houston area -
Praying like crazy for all in the path of this storm for it to weaken somehow. Everyone stay safe!
Are you planning to evacuate?
Watching closely in Seabrook.
after being rather slow, pressure has dropped a lot in the past hour or so...
temperature between inner and outer eyewall has increased...
looks go for some strengthening here.
One of our glorious local TV stations here in Houston has in its crawler that Bell County has announced voluntary evacuation.
Ha! Bell County is in the center of the state.
It is Bee County, according to the Beeville news webpage, which is under voluntary evacuation.
Funny stuff. The TV station can’t get the name of the county right.
I’m from Alvin.
Somebody on TV was saying it could reach the Austin/San Antonio area as a category 2 hurricane. Don’t think Austin has been hit by a category 2 hurricane before, but I’m guessing that I won’t be sitting in the stadium watching UT beat Arkansas come Saturday afternoon.
Hey ThirdMate ... I’m also a Seabrook resident. Stay safe!
Colder water means less energy and lower wind speeds. Forward speed is determined by atmospheric conditions, not water temperature.
Is this a FR limit? I haven't seen that before. His graphic is 37k and I didn't see any animations. Thanks for the feedback.
TV people can be rather stupid.
Thank goodness I am a newspaper reporter....
(not that there are not dumb ones among us as well, but I have seen a lot more glaring TV errors for things like this than newspaper).
I believe it is extremely flat between Refugio and the Gulf of Mexico...
South of Corpus Christi, Padre Island will take some of the Hurricane Surge (be a partial barrier).
But the part of the Texas coast between Corpus Christi and Victoria seems to be very vulnerable...
As long as that historic ol' Mission survives (from the Battle for Texas Independence)...
From what I have seen, that is incorrect....maybe cat 1 though.
It is hard to judge from the maps the public see.
DEFINITELY tropical storm winds though.
Oh man, that’s closer than I am! lol Do you still have family there?
I guess we can expect numerous twisters this weekend.
So much for my weekend camping trip. Oh well everyone keep safe. One thing, Texans have the best Emergency Response state wide system in the Union, we started it back in the 1960s after so many hurricanes hit the Texas coast.
Update on Texas Preparations for Hurricane Ike
And Rita’s forecast track started trending north at this point as well. But Rita happened two weeks later, and the troughs were probably a bit stronger by then. I’m inclined to think the track will keep trending rightwards but not as pronounced as Rita’s track. Unfortunately, splitting the difference puts Ike right into the Houston area.
Thanks - I’m sure everyone appreciates it
I don’t know who pissed in your Wheaties, but you have jumped into this thread with nothing but criticism. Find another thread to rain on, Debbie Downer. Thanks.
No we are not. We may regret it later - but we evacuated for rita - and then Fey was supposed to come dead on to Galveston - turned north..... I’m not being smug but think we’ll stay and see what happens....
I posted a question because you were setting limits on posts that I was not aware of. I made NO criticism in my post to you. Why the bitterness? If they are FR limits I would like to know. What is so evil about that?
Good luck from Fort Bend County
I’m in Bell county. We just got a notice from KISD that bus service may not be available on Friday because they may be needed for evacuations.
You stay safe as well.
We are not contemplating eveacuation yet, but laying in supplies.
They'll be getting a flood of phone calls about it.
I wonder if Palin will cancel her trip to Houston. I feel we are right in its path, wish me luck.
They figure they'd better be on scene if there's wind or water concerns.
Though I’m not sure it can hit cat 5 in the GOM, Ike may dwarf Rita in terms of U.S. impact.
Maybe she’ll reschedule for Austin?
Wouldn’t that be great?
This town would have a collective aneurysm.
San Antonio news now... waiting to see what they say we could get from this - besides the obvious rain and breezes. A strike in CCTX would be the worst for us, but better probably then a Rita path which takes it over the Petro-areas.
Wow - that comparison is pretty spooky. Ike’s path keeps moving to the East - should be an interesting week and weekend in H-Town.
Maybe some of our Katrina evacuees will head for greener pastures :)