I would like to start this post about Hurricane Ike with some props to myself…when Ike was named a hurricane many days ago and was still churning out in the Atlantic…I totally called it to be Houston’s hurricane. Matt and I were sitting at Jason’s Deli…I think it was the night after the first day of school if I remember correctly…and we started talking about how busy the tropics had become…our conversation turned to Ike and what we thought the storm would do…and that’s when it happened. I called it right there at Jason’s Deli…just as Ike was forming…it was going to be Houston’s turn at a major hurricane…and I was right!
Many people think I’m crazy and I get lots of strange looks, but I truly love hurricanes. I watch and track these amazing storms from the time the disturbance moves off the coast of Africa until it makes its entrance into the Carribbean and Gulf of Mexico. I think the reason I love hurricanes so much is because they are such an amazing force of nature that humans really still don’t know alot about. I love that nature is still about to stump the “professionals”…I’ll be honest…it makes me laugh.
Anyways…back to Hurricane Ike…things have begun deteriorating outside rather quickly. Its been pretty breezy/windy all day long. Just in the last several hours the wind has really picked up outside and the trees around here are really starting to bend and flop around in the wind. We can see lighting off in the distance down toward the south and the rain is slowly making its way to us. Thankfully because our neighborhood is still so new (only a couple of years) we don’t have many trees around here and those that we do have aren’t very big. A few things we are worried about just on our house and in our yard is one of our trees in the front yard…its a pine tree, but its been looking pretty rough over the last couple weeks and really been flopping around in the wind. I’ll be honest…I wouldn’t upset if the tree goes down tonight. One of the lights on the front of our house probably won’t make it through the wind and I’m kinda worried about our shutters on the upstairs front windows. Other than that…our house will fare pretty well. Hopefully the satellite dish doesn’t fly off the roof… :/.
We are expecting winds in the neighborhood of 100 mph for a good portion of the night…starting around midnight and lasting until the morning. We still have electricity for now…but we aren’t sure how long we should expect to have it…most of the cities suburbs around us have lost power, so…we’ll see. Thankfully, the storm should be passing over us and off to the north by Saturday evening.
The images we’ve been seeing coming out of Galveston all day are breath taking. The waves were literally crashing over the 16 foot seawall. The west end of the island that isn’t protected by a seawall was already under water…significant amounts of water by early this morning. The Strand in Galveston already had a foot of water in it by 8:00 AM this morning and most of the experts are expecting almost total destruction of the island. Across the bay on the Bolivar side things don’t look good at all. From what I’ve heard the Gulf of Mexico and the Intracoastal Waterway have already met…and for those of you who don’t know what I’m talking about…trust me…its a lot of land thats in between the two bodies of water.
I’m really very concerned about my grandparents house in Winnie…its located in Chambers County just a few miles from the Galveston County line and they are expecting most of Chambers County to be under water due to the storm surge. The poor little church at the beach…I think its not going to be left when Gulf finally recedes. All of this is just really, really sad. Its sad to think that Galveston might not ever look the same or that Crystal Beach and Bolivar will not be the same place that I remember.
We are headed out tomorrow as soon as its safe to see what gets all torn up around Houston and I’ll certainly have pictures and updates.