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Louisiana Flooding

Even though it is 200 miles away Mark Schleifstein of The Times-Picayune reports on the flooding in eastern Louisiana: Hurricane Ike surge breaches, overtops some levees, floods homes, roadways across state.

Ike doesn’t have the high winds of a Category 5, but it is coming at the coast like a D11 Cat pushing the Gulf of Mexico in front of it.

September 12, 2008   3 Comments

Thinning The Herd

This is not good. CNN writes that 37,000 may need to be rescued after Hurricane Ike

The Coast Guard said in a news release it received a distress call around 4 a.m. from the Antalina, a Cypriot-flagged freighter. It said the vessel had “lost main propulsion 90 miles southeast of Galveston” and was unable to steer.

Coast Guard Capt. Bill Diehl said the freighter had been “in the direct line of the path of the storm and lost its engines.”

The Coast Guard also worked to airlift people and their pets from their cars and homes on the Bolivar Peninsula, a narrow stretch of land that separates the Gulf of Mexico from Galveston Bay, as the wind and rain from Hurricane Ike slapped the Texas coast.

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September 12, 2008   6 Comments

Hurricane Ike – Gulf of Mexico 3

Hurricane IkePosition: 28.7 N 94.5 W. [11 PM CDT 0400 UTC]
Movement: Northwest [315°] near 12 mph.
Maximum sustained winds: 110 mph [175 kph].
Wind Gusts: 130 mph.
Hurricane Wind Radius: 120 miles [195 km].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 275 miles [445 km].
Minimum central pressure: 952 mb ↓.

It is 45 miles South-Southeast of Galveston, Texas with sustained hurricane force winds coming ashore.

Music break: Galveston, Glen Campbell with the Jimmy Webb song.

Here’s the link for NOAA’s latest satellite images.

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September 12, 2008   4 Comments