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Originally posted by gimme_some_truth
On a side note, in a mandatory evacuation your still not forced to leave. it just meants that your on your own if you dont.
Originally posted by Cyberbian
I think the Mayor had better go down with the ship on this call.
If the mayor survives the hurricane and there are massive losses of life due to her "call" I think the survivors and their relatives will resurrect some long lost texas traditions to express their grief!
Does anyone know where the Mayor is riding this out?
Galveston, TX- Hurricane Ike is just hours from a catastrophic landfall.
In fact, the forecast is so grim, state officials have said anyone who does not evacuate, faces certain death.
"My fiance and her family stayed here."
Galveston native Douglass Reed returned one last time to convince his future wife to evacuate with him and for good reason.
"Its going to be under water cause I just went to the west side of town, its under water already."
"The evacuations on Galveston Island have ceased because conditions have gotten so dangerous that this area which is further inland than Galveston is completely under water."
"There's a lot of people that dont have vehicles there that can't get out and they're stuck at their homes then you have the hospitals here with kids who can't be relocated because of infection."
Originally posted by BlasteR
Well Ike is 45 miles South of Galveston right now. Sometimes I'm glad I live far away in Alaska... No snakes, no spiders, no poisonous insects, no tornadoes (usually) and no friggin hurricanes.
Residents of coastal Galveston face "certain death" if they stay, the National Weather Service has warned.
Originally posted by tmbandt
I think you kind of nailed it here. I would imagine most folks in that region understand what they are facing and understand their personal situation.
Apparently, folks have actually left the barrier islands there and are finding refuge further inland. I doubt there will be large scale casualties in Texas tonight. If any at all.
As Hurricane Ike pushed a swelling surge onto Galveston Island this morning, many of the estimated 23,000 Galveston residents who ignored a mandatory evacuation order phoned for rescues to no avail because emergency workers were called off the streets, officials said.
Help wasn't expected until after dangerous storm conditions subsided.
"We don't know what we're going to find tomorrow," said the city's mayor, Lyda Ann Thomas. "We hope we'll find that the people who didn't leave here are alive and well."
''It's unfortunate that the warning we sent out the mayor's mandatory evacuation was not heeded,'' he said.
By comparison, nearly 100 percent of Galveston left the island during Hurricane Rita, just three years ago.
Galveston Island was the site of the nation's deadliest natural disaster the hurricane of 1900, which claimed at least 6,000 lives.