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10 September 2008

YIKE! IKE!

As of Wednesday evening as I head to bed (at approximately 11:25 PM, CDT) it now appears that Hurricane Ike will be coming ashore on the Texas Gulf coast near a little town named Sargent sometime after midnight on Friday, just about two days from right now. Ike is forecast to be a strong category 2 storm when it makes landfall. Oh, and Sargent? It's almost exactly 60 miles due south of my house.

[UPDATE @ 13:00, 11 Sep 2008]: Ike's projected landfall has moved slightly east but it's still headed more or less for us folks in southeast Texas near the Houston/Galveston area, due to arrive sometime in the wee small hours of the morning after midnight Friday. My office is closing in about an hour and won't be open tomorrow, and the kids will not have school. We'll be finishing up our preparations this afternoon and then it's just wait and see. We're on high ground and far enough from the actual coast to not worry about storm surge. We have a generator capable of running the pump for our water well, both our refrigerators, a microwave, a TV and some fans. We also have a small propane stove since the generator can't support the load of the regular stove or oven. It also can't support the A/C, so we'll be roughing it for sure! And as backup to our backup generator, we also have oil lamps and candles and flashlights and bottled water and a battery operated radio and TV. By tonight, we'll be as ready as we can be.

[UPDATE @ 16:00, 12 Sep 2008]: We're ready. It now looks like Ike will come in right on top of Galveston and just roll on up I-45 into Houston. It's going to be nasty for sure, especially for the people down on Galveston and Galveston Bay. Some estimates put the storm surge in Galveston Bay as high as 20 feet - with 10 to 15 foot waves on top of that. Luckily, we don't live anywhere near the coast and my house will be on the west side of that nastiness, often referred to as the "clean" side of a hurricane. We're only forecast to be getting 50 mph winds; no word on how many inches of rain but I'm pretty sure it's going to be more than an inch or two. The television stations here are now in "All Ike, All the Time" mode and I'm tired of hearing about it. Like I said, we're ready and should be just fine even if the power goes out. As long as we have gasoline for the generator, that is.

Stay tuned ... I'll keep y'all informed...

  • On 9/11/2008 7:25 AM, Blogger Weekends Off said…

    Hunker down it's about to blow!!!!!

    K and I were watching the news talk about the possible path bringing the weather straight into Dallas. He's freaking out, I'm making sure I've got plenty of batteries for my camera...I love storms he hates them. We probably won't get more than some rain here, but you talk to K and he is expecting the actual hurricane to knock on our door.

     
  • On 9/11/2008 8:03 AM, Blogger Jen of A2eatwrite said…

    Oh, Jami, I'm so sorry you will have these worries AGAIN. This is really a bad season.

     
  • On 9/11/2008 2:26 PM, Blogger Aryshta said…

    Hey Sis,

    I hope you might reconsider ... this is going to be BAD ... very bad. You may be without power for a week. And those trees around your house are all going to come crashing down in the 100+ mph winds expected in your area on Saturday.

    Please think it over, OK? You are worrying me!

    Love,

    Katie

     
  • On 9/11/2008 3:46 PM, OpenID oneloveonelight said…

    Ohhhhhhhhhhhh.

    Stay VERY safe. Take care. And YES, post when you can!

    God, I'm SO sorry you have to go through this yet again. *HUGS!* :(

     
  • On 9/12/2008 4:58 PM, Blogger Angie said…

    Good luck - stay safe.

    My hopes and prayers are with you.

     

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