Thursday, September 11, 2008
Ike - The Next Historic Disaster
I haven't posted about Hurricanes not affecting my area as much as I used to because quite frankly I don't have the time and there are so many other places to read this information that I kind of stopped the blog from being about daily hurricane updates. However today I have to post about what I think is going to happen on the Texas coast in the next 48 hours. When Katrina was approaching New Orleans and Gulfport, you could sense that the Emergency Management officials were dropping the ball big time and people were going to die. So here we are 3 years later and the same thing is happening in the Houston Metro area. Instead of evacuating the Metro area from what could be a historic surge and Category 4 hurricane from hitting the area, they want to keep the roads clear!!!! Shelter in place!!! No shelters will be open!! This is absolutely amazing. The pressure on Ike has been below 950mb for over 12 hours. The storm has been going through a eyewall replacement cycle and once the concentric eyewalls reorganize into one massive eye, we will see the winds catch up to the pressure drop. I have been watching the KHOU stream all morning, and the folks are still waiting and watching to see what they are going to do. I hate to make predictions like this, but in the end this is going to be a historic event. Hardly anyone has left the area, they have less than 48 hours to go and it is too late for people to get out. I hope I'm wrong, but this is going to be a very bad event and people are going to die. You would think we would learn our lessons, but apparently not. I guess evacuations are just too costly and inconvenient. God help those in this storm if it is a Cat 4 getting stronger at landfall, which is possible.