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Old 09-22-2008, 06:17 AM   #43
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An update from Shoreacres, TX. My Family and I evacuated last Wed. before the storm struck with the AS. We got back to our house on Tuesday of this week. Our community was hit with a 17 ft. surge where it borders Upper Galveston Bay. The surge covered the entire town with a minimum of 3 ft. of water all the way to Hwy 146. Shoreacres is a community of 650 homes. 575 of those homes were severely flooded. 10% of them were totally destroyed. God has blessed our family as we are all safe, and our house was built up high enough that it did not flood and we had no damage. However we did get 2 ft. of water in the garage. We were doubly blessed today when we got our power back before almost anyone else in the City except City Hall, because our drop happens to come from a transmission line that supplies a water treatment plant! I would guess that about 30 to 40% of the big beautiful trees that our town is known for are layed over and on houses in a lot of cases. You can go to the city website at www.cityofshoreacres.us and get a link to photographs of the damage in Shoreacres. I have spent the weekend after cleaning up my mess, helping my neighbors clean up theirs. We are in good shape, but my neighbors are hurting, please keep them and all of the storm victims in your prayers.

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We are still dealing with Katrina here in New Orleans. The road back is long and slow, the best assets are a good attitude, and a sense of humor. Your will be impressed by some and disappointed by others. You will also learn a lot about other people and what they are made of, most are good. I wish the best for all the victims of the storms.
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Old 09-22-2008, 06:46 AM   #44
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Fox News just said residents of Galveston were to be allowed back in the city starting Wednesday. There will be a strict curfew from 6PM to 6 AM, and it could be several weeks before getting such basic utilities as water back.
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Old 09-22-2008, 08:25 AM   #45
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I just talked to a friend from Galveston and he did OK. The first floor of his house is wiped clean but it was designed to be sacrificial so no biggie, he got one hole in his boat above the waterline but not wet inside, and the windows blew out in his office on the mainland but again it didn't get wet.

After the storm he got a call from NASA about a control building that he designed for them and they were happy. Not only did the building emerge unscathed but the people inside couldn't tell that a F2 hurricane passed directly over them.
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I just talked to a friend from Galveston and he did OK. The first floor of his house is wiped clean but it was designed to be sacrificial so no biggie, he got one hole in his boat above the waterline but not wet inside, and the windows blew out in his office on the mainland but again it didn't get wet.

After the storm he got a call from NASA about a control building that he designed for them and they were happy. Not only did the building emerge unscathed but the people inside couldn't tell that a F2 hurricane passed directly over them.
Do you mean a F2 Tornado or a Category 2 Hurricane? Impressive either way. The only F2 Hurricane I know of is a motorcycle, I guess that could go over a building with the right rider.
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Do you mean a F2 Tornado or a Category 2 Hurricane? Impressive either way. The only F2 Hurricane I know of is a motorcycle, I guess that could go over a building with the right rider.
Jim, there's this Hurricane also, it could (at least it had better be able to) go over most buildings:
Hawker Hurricane - Great Britain
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Jim, there's this Hurricane also, it could (at least it had better be able to) go over most buildings:
Hawker Hurricane - Great Britain
I flew one of those, I MS Combat Flight Simulator 1.
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Oops - my bad.
I meant Cat 2 hurricane (Ike) which is the subject of this topic.
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Oops - my bad.
I meant Cat 2 hurricane (Ike) which is the subject of this topic.
We were pretty sure that's what you meant, but it was fun to stray off-topic for a moment.
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Old 09-22-2008, 12:17 PM   #51
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Oops - my bad.
I meant Cat 2 hurricane (Ike) which is the subject of this topic.
I was really curious if the storm had spawned a F2 Tornado which went over the building. I had a tremendous amount of roof damage from Katrina and the only way we could account for it was imbedded tornadoes in the storm. Few homes in our subdivision saw the amount of roof damage my home had. Best of luck to all affected by the storms.
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Old 09-23-2008, 12:44 PM   #52
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Texans, we've been hoping and praying you're all right. Please let us know as soon as you have power.

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I have power at my store but still have no power at our home. They say it may be another 10 days but I hope not. My Airstream made it fine though. I was able to put it in my warehouse out of harms way. It might be a while before I can resume my project however.

That was quite a storm! We thought the first half was bad but after the eye past over (it took over an hour for the eye to pass) the back half seemed to be much stronger. That's when we lost most of the trees. There a probably a 1000 trees down in my subdivision alone.

No physical harm so all is well.

It could have been worse. My Airstream could look like one of these SOB's. A friend went by boat to Boliver to check on his place an took these pictures.

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Am working in trucking biz for awhile, again, and have been hearing a few stories around the shop (and around town, from non-truckers). One, that our "hot oil" tankers are being followed around and the drivers quizzed as to where they are delivering fuel (they are, but it is bulk oil of specific composition); two, that a food service company is working their few drivers half to death (too many hours; but exempted for "emergency") to deliver food to Houston/Galveston where they take on an armed guard and separate police escort before proceeding to delivery point.
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Am working in trucking biz for awhile, again, and have been hearing a few stories around the shop (and around town, from non-truckers). One, that our "hot oil" tankers are being followed around and the drivers quizzed as to where they are delivering fuel (they are, but it is bulk oil of specific composition); two, that a food service company is working their few drivers half to death (too many hours; but exempted for "emergency") to deliver food to Houston/Galveston where they take on an armed guard and separate police escort before proceeding to delivery point.
Galveston is still closed so I would not think that there is a security problem there. We have been all over Houston and have not seen any armed guards escorting anything. FEMA or whoever is in charge of things have done a wonderful job of getting food, ice and utility personal where needed. Yes, fuel was a little short at first for a few days for those that did not prepare before the storm but not a problem now. If this is happening then even our eager news people have failed to pick up on that.
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Glad to hear that, was concerned it was an exaggeration.
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