Hurricane Ike

Discussion in 'General Weather Forum' started by lyz, Sep 11, 2008.

  1. Tekboy46

    Tekboy46 Member

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    Everyone in the storms path, take care. We're thinking of you here.
    If anyone's interested this link is to a live Houston television station stream:

    http://www.khou.com/video/?nvid=178826&live=yes&noad=yes

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    My father-in-law lives in oystercreek tx. and he has gone to some state park about 5 hours inland. good luck to you and your family thoughts and prayers are with every one there.

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  3. YellowRose

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    Lyz,

    Thinking of you and hoping you and your family came through Ike safely.

    We were forecast for winds and lots of rain today, so I spent time securing our home and garden and the property. Heck, now we'll be lucky to get ANY rain! Austin is so darn dry....

    Hope to see you on the boards again soon with news that all is well!@

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  4. kmh1596

    kmh1596 Wilbraham, MA

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    Lyz, I too am hoping and praying you all made it through. All I could think of was your post when I saw how bad Ike hit.. I hope to hear you are all safe and well very soon!

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    Has anyone heard from Lyz? Lyz, if you are out there please let us know. If anyone has seen the pictures of the desomation of Galveston Island and Bolivar Pennisula, you can understand the concern. I live in SE Texas just north of Beaumont. We rode the storm out at our church. Our county only called for a voluntary evacuation and I debated on whether or not to leave. Same reasons as Lyz, but we're further from the coast than she is. Anyway, it was rough. All night the winds howled and screamed like demons. The power went out at 1:30 a.m. Around 4:30 a.m. the winds really picked up. The roof of the church started shaking and the steeple ripped off. We could hear shingles and the gutters pulling off too. It went on like this for two hours. We scrambled trying to find enouth buckets to catch the water coming in. (The church is in a remodeling project so there was an abundance of plastic and every classroom has a gargage can. Shortly after daylight, we got to leave and survey the damage. We knew it would be bad. Our house had no damage except for large limbs torn from my oaks, my dad had a pine tree on his shop. Lots of tree damage everywhere. Some trees in homes and on power lines. It wasn't as bad as Rita. Probably because of Rita too. Don't get me wrong though, it's bad enough. Lines for gas and food are two hours long. We got our power back pretty quick because we're on the same grid as Walmart. And I was prepared to camp so we have plenty of food. Good thing too; I don't think I want to stand in line. :eek:) But folks from all over SE Texas are coming here for the services. While things are good in my neighborhood, towns and cites to our south did not fair so well. Bridge City is destroyed. The storm surge damanged 100% of the homes and business there. Orange is only slightly better. Port Arthur's levies held, but has lots of wind damage. Sabine Pass is devastated. Several refineries had 8-9 feet of water in them so unfortunately you all know what that means and you may already be seeing it at the pump. But, the saddest part is our resort barrier island and the Bolivar area. 90% of the pennisula is gone. If you haven't seen the devastation and if Steve doesn't mind, I'll post the link to our local radio station here. It has photos and maybe a video of the Crystal Beach area. I've never seen anything like it. Completely wiped clean and deposited into Galveston Bay. There are search and rescue operations going on, but quite frankly we may never find some people who rode the storm down there. The folks that live there are a determined group of people and always brag about riding out storms. Local law enforcement is doing a good job of keeping the media out until they know more on the fate of these folks. Anyway here's a link to the website for the pictures.

    www.klvi.com (copy and paste it if necessary)

    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_happycamper.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Happy Camper"> Steve, Lori & <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_cool.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Cool"> son, Trent 10
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    Edited by - Lori3778 on September 15 2008 16:33:07
     
  7. Cowboy Camper

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    We've heard nothing yet from Lyz.

    There is a Follow up Thread on her and Ike. Here's the Link to it.

    Waiting to hear from Lyz

    He Ruide has been so kind as to give us some updates on the Situation, since he is in Houston at this time. We are all hoping that the lack of Power is the biggest reason we haven't heard anything yet. <hr>
    God Speed, Lyz. Get in touch here again, just as soon as you can. We're all a bit worried about ya. <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_worried.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Worried">
     
  8. lyz

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    I'm back!!!!! Thanks soooo much for all of the prayers. This is such a fantastic community. We really are friends and it's great to know that there are people all over the US (and beyond) who are ready to assist. Damn, it's making me teary!

    Our electricity is back on and we've been given the okay to drink the water. We'll get a new roof and a new fence, but that's the extent of our damage. Many of our friends have it much much worse.

    I'll post an update on my dad on the "waiting to hear from Lyz" link...how cool to have my own link!!! Damn, you guys are the best!

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    <center><b>Oh THANK YOU Lord!!!</b> <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Big Smile">

    In the spirit of a Worried Dad kind of thing... I have to ask...

    You had us worried Sick! Just where the hell have you been!?? <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_question.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Question"><hr>
    I think it's safe for me to speak for a whole lot of Folks here hon.

    Welcome Back, and we're ALL so glad that y'all came through A-OK! <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_cowboy.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Cowboy Camper"></center><hr>
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  10. lyz

    lyz New Member

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    There was no electricity anywhere near here so there was no internet access. Everyone has been sitting outside, cleaning up their yards, waiting for the lights to come back on.

    Thank goodness it's cool outside!

    It's very cool to live on a street where everyone pulls together. Men are helping each other cut trees off roofs, we're raking each others yards, sharing food, ice, generators, tools....

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    LLLLLYYYYYYYZZZZ woo hooo...It's great to see your back. Who us naaaaaa we werent worried..Ok may be a little. Glad to hear not much happened to because on the news it looks like bomb went off over there.

    I get enough exercise just pushing my luck.

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  12. lyz

    lyz New Member

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    It really depends on the size of the trees in your yard and your proximity to the bay.

    My sister lives 1.5 miles from me (Dickinson) and her neighborhood is a disaster. They have really tall, old trees and they have fallen like
    toy soldiers. Electrical poles are lying across the roads, power lines everywhere. Trees are on top of homes, cars....Her pine trees fell on a neighbors garage...thank GOD it wasn't their home. Friends 1 mile in the other direction have homes that were flooded and they lost everything. Another friend's home burned to the ground. Just the foundation is left. I've never seen anything like this.

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    Lyz,

    You shouldn't have stayed there. That's my Humble Opinion, and I'm sticking to it. <hr>
    However... I'm SO very relieved that we all have you back up and posting again!

    There is Power in Prayer, ain't there, folks?

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    Lyz, I'm so glad you're back and safe. I'm sorry to hear what has happened to your community, Ivan and Opal got us really bad here and I know how awful it can be. After seeing that there was no hope Ike wouldn't come into the gulf, we were all kind of hoping it would hit closer to us to protect the more heavily populated areas and oil fields. I'm sorry Ike wouldn't cooperate and so many more people have been affected...no to mention gas prices.

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  15. Big_kid

    Big_kid Virginia Beach, VA

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    Glad you made it through!

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    Glad you made it with little damage. I got our yard cleaned up yesterday. My DH is still working 12 hours shifts. We worked all day yesterday cleaning up my parents yard. They have an acre of nothing by pine trees so you can imagine what 70-80 mph winds can do to them. We're resting today. I feel like I'm coming down with my allergies or it's from breathing smoke when my wonderful neighbors decided the countywide burn ban didn't apply to them. Grrr!!!! The city as already said they'll be picking up the debris. But some folks around here just can't stand it on their pristine lawns. Whew! Sorry, I had to vent.

    <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_happycamper.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Happy Camper"> Steve, Lori & <img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_cool.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Cool"> son, Trent 10
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    Here are some post Ike satellite pictures from the Galveston area.
    http://ngs.woc.noaa.gov/ike/IMAGES/ike_c25882113.htm
    Also the Galveston SP was got hit pretty hard. The shoreline basically moved inland by about 100'.
    The rest rooms got destroyed and there is now the sea where there were located.

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  18. windjammer

    windjammer Rather be Camping. "All that wonder are not lost!"

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    Dear Lyz,

    So thankful to hear you and your father are ok. You are very blessed. You were in my constant thoughts and prayers over these difficult post Ike days. I was so worried about you and your dad.
    I know we have never met, but unfortunately during trying, difficult times, people come together. Thanks for sharing your life and stories with us.
    I think you should submit your, family, and neighbors stories of your Ike experience. Have you thought about submitting them to Reader's Digest? I believe they pay for printed stories.
    Again, I am so glad you are ok. My continued thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Best regards, Ann and Lee
     
  19. lyz

    lyz New Member

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    Here's a good link with pictures that show more detail about what the lives in Galveston are currently like....

    http://www.galvestondailynews.com/photographs.lasso?view=grid&category=front&category=news

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  20. grisfamtexas

    grisfamtexas Lone Star campers

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    Hi all,
    Just wanted to respond on this topic since we spent the 4 days before and 7 days AFTER Hurricane Ike at Pedernales State Park in our PopUp. We left for a planned vacation from Victoria, Texas. One day into our trip, the track was heading straight for our home city and we had to make arrangements for our family left at home to evacuate. We found them one hotel room in Marble Falls...but our fam remained in the popup at the State Park.
    I cannot say enough about the experience of the State Park during this time.
    <i>Text</i>ALL EVACUEES who were able to be in tents, popups, motor homes, trailers, etc were permitted to stay FREE OF CHARGE there (if they came from a county declared a disaster area). The personell was so helpful, courteous, considerate of people's situations.
    <i>Text</i>people (campers) were so helpful and kind to one another. Many had their pets (a big "plus" for people who need to evacuate..pets can accompany them camping). We met so many from the Galveston/Houston area who did not know what they were going home to as they left several days later.
    Third...Anyone who needed access to internet, cell phone, etc was helped as best they could by the Park personell.

    I could go on...we had watched the weather from the motel where we evacuated our elderly moms and it was predicted that we might get 40+ mph winds in the campground. I was slightly worried as to how a popup would sustain this<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_sarcastic.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Sarcastic"><img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_shock.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Shock"> Fortunately, we got only 20+ mph winds and no rain. So, the stay was extremely uneventful weather-wise.

    I just want to thank the state of TEXAS for the relief (financially) from charges to camp for all evacuees.....and for the extreme kindness of the State Park employees.
    We are very blessed in TEXAS with some GREAT state parks!!!<img src=../Images/icons/icon_smile_big.gif border=0 align=middle alt="Big Smile">

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