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Originally posted by Inannamute
From what I heard on CNN on the way home today, there were "some people" who stayed behind and had to be rescued, but there was only one still in Galveston who has yet to be found. Oh, and a couple that stayed behind lost their dog..
Originally posted by LostNemesis
So, the eye is about to touch land?? Could people with access to tv and/or wherever the updates are coming from, keep the rest of us updated?
AT 1 AM CDT...0600Z...THE CENTER OF LARGE HURRICANE IKE WAS
ESTIMATED BY NOAA DOPPLER WEATHER RADAR TO BE NEAR LATITUDE 29.0
NORTH...LONGITUDE 94.7 WEST OR ABOUT 20 MILES...35 KM...
SOUTH-SOUTHEAST OF GALVESTON TEXAS. THE NORTHWESTERN PORTION OF THE
EYE SHOULD BE MOVING OVER THE GALVESTON AREA IN THE NEXT HOUR OR
Ike developed its circulation in the open Atlantic, where most storms curve northward into the ocean, harmlessly becoming "fish storms." Of the 67 storms since 1900 that had passed within 170 miles of Ike's location, only eight made landfall in the United States.
And just one of those tracked into the Gulf of Mexico.
Perhaps it should have told us something that the one storm to defy climatological norms was the powerful 1915 hurricane that made landfall just southwest of Galveston with 135 mph winds.
Only the island's new seawall, built in the aftermath of the historic 1900 storm that killed at least 6,000 people, prevented a repeat of a similar death toll.