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A resident wades in a flooded area in Cuba’s Camaguey province, where one person was killed when a house collapsed. Three other deaths were also confirmed in Cuba. The hurricane has killed dozens in the Caribbean.(Javier Galeano / Associated Press)
Rain from Hurricane Ike douses rubble in Camaguey, Cuba. Some 900,000 Cubans evacuated from the storm's path. (Javier Galeano / Associated Press)
Cuban soldiers assist people evacuating flooded streets in Camaguey September 8, 2008. Strong winds howled in the streets of Havana and thousands huddled in shelters as Hurricane Ike made its second Cuban landfall on Tuesday on a path that began to look less threatening for the heart of U.S. oil production in the Gulf of Mexico. Picture taken on September 8, 2008. (Reuters)
CORPUS CHRISTI — County and city leaders are strongly recommending people on the islands and in low-lying, flood-prone areas of Nueces County evacuate to higher ground as soon as possible. A mandatory evacuation appeared unlikely Wednesday afternoon, County Judge Loyd Neal said. Calling for a mandatory evacuation triggers more drastic responses, he said. That could include businesses letting employers leave and having refineries, hospitals and health care operations relying only on essential personnel. "That's OK and we would do that if the storm (was heading here) more directly," he said. "It's obvious we're in harm's way," Neal said. "But we're on the periphery of harm's way. We're worried about flooding, about tropical storm winds, about special needs people who, if the electricity goes off, will have some serious health issues." Flanked Wednesday afternoon by elected and appointed city and county leaders, Neal and Corpus Christi Mayor Henry Garrett said they're taking the dangerous storm seriously, pleading for people to take necessary precautions to minimize personal injury and property damage.
Originally posted by anachryon
Galveston EOC has just said mandatory evacuation of Galv. Island is "impossible at this point" (from a logistics POV).
Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas and Jamaca Beach Mayor Victor Pierson announced the evacuation orders tonight for all of Galveston Island west of the western end of Galveston's famed seawall.
Thomas also said a voluntary evacuation is being urged for the main body of the city guarded by the seawall, as well as the mainland portion of the county. She says a mandatory evacuation, she said, "is the last thing we want to do" and "not possible" with the short notice left by the hurricane's late turn.
Originally posted by Tuebor
Who is EOC?
That's ridiculous. New Orleans did it just last week and they have a million more people than Galveston Island.
The highway(s ) out of Galveston can be one way. It's possible.
Originally posted by Kr0n0s
reply to post by anachryon
Aransas County issued mandatory evac also, it is the next county over from mine, Nueces.
Contraflow on I-37 out of Corpus begins at 7 am Central tomorrow morning, this will be the first time theyve used contraflow here.
The tracks moving more north just reinforce my thoughts that it isnt coming here, my son is also happy because school has been canceled the rest of the week.
Hes planning a World of Warcraft marathon lol
Ike intensifying explosively
Hurricane Ike is intensifying dramatically. The central pressure has dropped 11 mb in just four hours, and stood at 947 mb at 7 pm EDT. The latest Hurricane Hunter data show that the pressure is continuing to fall at a rapid pace. The winds have not caught up yet to the pressure fall, and remain at Category 2 strength. The satellite presentation of the hurricane has improved markedly, as Ike has walled off the dry air that was bothering it, and has built a solid eyewall of 9 miles diameter of very intense thunderstorms. The appearance of Ike on infrared satellite loops is similar to Hurricane Wilma during its rapid intensification phase, when Wilma became the strongest hurricane on record. Like Wilma, Ike has a very tiny "pinhole" eye, but the storm is huge in size. Ike has a long way to go to match Wilma, but I expect Ike will be at least a Category 3 hurricane by morning, and probably a Category 4.