The destruction of Gilchrist, Texas

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 02:55 PM GMT on Σεπτέμβριος 17, 2008

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We're in day three of my promised 7-10 day lull in Atlantic hurricane activity. That prediction is still looking good. There are no threat areas to discuss today, and the earliest any model foresees a tropical storm developing is Sunday, when the NOGAPS indicates something developing in the western Caribbean. The GFS model predicts this development will occur on the other side of Central America, in the Eastern Pacific. The GFS also predicts development of a tropical depression by Tuesday off the coast of Africa.

The destruction of Gilchrist
Many of you have probably seen the photo of Gilchrist, Texas showing complete destruction of the town of 750 people, save for one lone home. High-resolution satellite imagery made available by NOAA's National Geodetic Survey (Figure 1) confirm that of the approximately 1000 structures existing in the town before Hurricane Ike, only about five survived the hurricane. Approximately 200 of these buildings were homes, and it is thought that some of the residents attempted to ride out the storm in their homes. According to media reports, about 34 survivors from Gilchrist and the neighboring communities of Crystal Beach and Port Bolivar have been fished out of Galveston Bay in the past few days. Rescuers who have reached Gilchrist have not been able to find any victims in the debris because there is no debris. Ike's storm surge knocked 99.5% of the 1,000 buildings in Gilchrist off their foundations and either demolished them or washed them miles inland into the swamplands behind Gilchrist. Until search teams can locate the debris of what was once was Gilchrist, we will not know the fate of those who may have stayed behind to ride out the storm.



Figure 1. The town of Gilchrist, Texas before and after Hurricane Ike. Image credit (top): Googlemaps.com, DigitalGlobe, GeoEye, Houston-Galveston Area Council. Bottom: National Geodetic Survey.

Why did Gilchrist get destroyed?
It's rare to see a town so completely destroyed by a hurricane, to the point where you can't even see the wreckage. The neighboring towns of Crystal Beach, to the south, and High Island, to the north, were also mostly destroyed, but weren't swept clean of nearly all structures and wreckage. This is because Gilchrist was built in an unusually vulnerable place. It's bad enough to situate your town on a low-lying peninsula, as was the case for Crystal Beach. But in Gilchrist's case, the town was located at the narrowest point of the Bolivar Peninsula, at a point where it was only a few hundred meters wide (Figure 2). Not only did Gilchrist suffer a head-on assault by Ike's direct storm surge of 14+ feet, topped by 20' high battering waves, the town also suffered a reverse surge once the hurricane had passed. As Ike moved to the north, the counter-clockwise flow of wind around the storm pushed Galveston Bay's waters back across the town of Gilchrist from northwest to southeast. This second surge of water likely finished off anything the main storm surge had left.

Will Gilchrist be rebuilt?
I hope the government will see fit to buy up the land that was once the town of Gilchrist and make it into a park. Building a town in Gilchrist's location makes as much sense as building a town on the sides of an active volcano. (Unfortunately, there are plenty of people who have done just that, such as on the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius in Italy). If past history is any guide, Gilchrist will be rebuilt, and it will take another mighty hurricane to permanently take down the town. That was the case for the town of Indianola, Texas, which lay in a vulnerable low-lying location on the shores of Matagorda Bay in the mid-1800's. Indianola was the second largest port in the state of Texas, and home to 5,000 people. In 1875, a powerful Category 3 hurricane piled up a huge storm surge as it came ashore in Indianola. The surge destroyed 3/4 of the town's 2,000 buildings, and killed 176 people. The city was rebuilt, but in 1886, a devastating Category 4 hurricane swept almost the entire town of Indianola into Matagorda Bay, killing another 250 townspeople. The people of Indianola finally gave up and moved elsewhere, and the ruins of their town now lie under four feet of water in Matagorda Bay.


Figure 2. The Bolivar Peninsula, Texas before Hurricane Ike. The "A" pink balloon marker shows the location of Crystal Beach. Gilchrist is to the northeast of Crystal Beach, at a point where the peninsula narrows down to just a few hundred meters wide. Image credit: Googlemaps.com, TerraMetrica, LeadDog Consulting, Tele Atlas.

Links to follow
High-resolution photos of the Bolivar Peninsula are available using Microsoft's HD View Beta.

How you can help
For those of you who want to help those in need, I'm proud to say that a group of wunderground members are spearheading their own Hurricane Ike relief effort, aimed at providing assistance and supplies to people that are not in the mainstream relief areas. They've already raised $5000, and the first relief truck with supplies is on the way to Texas. Deductions are tax-deductible, and can be made in several ways:

Patrap's wunderblog
www.stormjunkie.com
www.portlight.org

Everything they are doing is at the specific request of people on the scene. At the request of the Director of Disability Affairs for the Mayor of Houston, they are sending 50 wheelchairs, 500 walkers, 200 pairs of crutches, and several pallets of first aid supplies. They are also sending a 16-foot truck from Charleston loaded with drinks, personal hygiene products, and non perishable food items. A truck is heading out of New Orleans with similar supplies. Every Catholic school in South Carolina is collecting supplies with the goal of filling two more trucks.

Of course, contributing to the Red Cross or your local church is another great way to help out. Thanks!

Jeff Masters

San Leon,Texas Devastated by Hurricane Ike pt.3 (txcuda)
Images taken in San Leon,Texas along Bayshore Dr.and Ave A 1/2 Tuesday afternoon. The devastation caused by Hurricane Ike is something that will take this community years to recover from. Relief crews from both the National Guard as well as the Red Cross were seen this afternoon. Quite a few residents will find that they no longer have a home when they return. Those that rode the storm out along the bayshore are fortunate to be still with us as there have been quite a few fatalities in just this small community.Electricity is weeks if not months off...and water service will be a week or more before it can be restored. Crews were out this afternoon shutting off service to meters that had no home any longer. The mosquitos are out in clouds but at least
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362. CybrTeddy
10:00 PM GMT on September 17, 2008
Pretty messy out in the Atlantic, no disturbances as of yet.
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361. MIKEINCI
9:53 PM GMT on September 17, 2008
Western Caribbean Water Vapor Loop
What a show of showers!!

http://www.ssd.noaa.gov/goes/east/watl/loop-wv.htmlLink
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360. buelahgal
9:54 PM GMT on September 17, 2008
If anyone is interested, a geoplogist flew the coast from Rockport to High Island and has posted 300 aerial photographs of the Texas coast. This is the link.

Link
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359. presslord
5:48 PM EDT on September 17, 2008
OK this time , rather than asking for money, I'm gonna give my two cents worth...again...

I would not so much as say "Good morning" to any insurance company agent, adjuster, customer service representative...or even the night janitor...without my attorney present...

and if you think you can't afford an attorney: you can't afford not to have one in these cases....

the insurance people are not your friends.....
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358. KatyGal
9:50 PM GMT on September 17, 2008
Quoting ArmyMan:


Houston is NOT up and running. There are long lines everywhere. What grocery stores have power everyone is flocking to. Many residents of the city won't have power until the first week of Oct. Most schools are without power. If this is up and running then I'm the king of England.


As of this morning, only 25-30% of Centerpoint Energy customers had power. There are 20 or 30 POD's (points of distribution) handing out MRE's, water, ice. People are being asked to permanently leave Galveston. The hospital there has closed down. Carraba's is giving away food even as I type this. My husband works in Greenway Plaza which was still not available for people to report to work. My son works in downtown Houston and still has not been allowed to report for work. I don't know of any area ISD that is open for business. The courts are still closed. Nope...I would not say that Houston is up and running yet. Although we are struggling to our knees.
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357. tropics21
9:48 PM GMT on September 17, 2008
Quoting presslord:
OK...I may have a problem in the near future....

stormjunkie and my wife are leaving Charleston for Houston Saturday in a 26 foot truck loaded with supplies....not sure I trust either one of 'em....especially on the road unsupervised for several days...Any advice???

www.portlight.org
oh oh you gotta put a hidden camera in there lol God Bless You Guys
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356. YogiNav
4:44 PM CDT on September 17, 2008
Quoting pottery:
Here is a question to ponder-
The "lone" house, and some others left standing. Well how do the Insurance people deal with that ?
The house is not written-off per se., but it is certainly not habitable standing there with no services at all.

How does the Insurer deal with that ??
They could asses it and say " well, you have some damage here, and there too, say $20,000. Have a nice day"

Based on Ivan- yeh. Without the nice day. Seriously, the insurance company will send out inspectors/adjustors who will estimate damages. You can take that or have an independent estimate and submit that to the company - then you get to work it out. The county building inspector will also be by, in our case to make a judgement on whether the structure is "rebuildable" or not. If you're red-tagged it's no permits for you - and back to the insurance company if not a total loss.

Isolated elevated homes may be OK if no water penetrated the roof/walls/windows/door. Utility connections and ground floor sacrificial structures are expected to need replacing. If the utilities are abandoned in the entire area, that has to be taken up with local authorities.

Yogi
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355. Hurricajun
4:41 PM CDT on September 17, 2008
Ok guys, you all have a great rest of the day and a great evening. It is time for me to head to the MIL to finish cutting trees out of her yard. Then home to wash clothes and cook supper. All our thanks to you who are helping out pat, press, and SJ and special thanks to pat, press, press wife, and SJ for all you are doing!!!
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354. tkeith
4:34 PM CDT on September 17, 2008
Quoting presslord:
OK...I may have a problem in the near future....

stormjunkie and my wife are leaving Charleston for Houston Saturday in a 26 foot truck loaded with supplies....not sure I trust either one of 'em....especially on the road unsupervised for several days...Any advice???

www.portlight.org
..LMAO
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353. Raysfan70
5:39 PM EDT on September 17, 2008
Press- No need to worry about SJ. He's a gentleman. He only has eyes for his main lady

He and my husband hit it off great and to get my husband to trust someone takes alot.

Code will be sure they have plenty of food, that lady can cook.
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352. Patrap
4:28 PM CDT on September 17, 2008
ESL by LSU Link
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351. Hurricajun
4:38 PM CDT on September 17, 2008
Well press,
Hopefully you can keep your mind at ease by putting some very gory images in the head of SJ of what you may do to him should anything of that sort happens when they are gone!!! lol
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350. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
9:38 PM GMT on September 17, 2008
National Hurricane Center - Miami, Florida

Tropical Cyclone Outlook (1800z UTC 17SEPT)
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A large area of disorganized showers and thunderstorms extend from the Gulf of Tehuantepec southeastward for several hundred miles. Slow development is possible over the next couple of days as this system slowly moves westward.

Tropical Cyclone Formation Potential
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MODERATE (25-50%)
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349. Patrap
4:37 PM CDT on September 17, 2008

Suggest a In-Cab Cardboard Divider.



And Plenty of Sandwiches for SJ.

Dat Guy can eat a deli.
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348. will40
5:37 PM EDT on September 17, 2008
347. presslord

I would be more concerened if it was you and SJ unsupervised lol
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347. presslord
5:35 PM EDT on September 17, 2008
it ain't the 3 of us before they leave that worries me...it's the two of them along the way that makes me nervous.....
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346. TEXASYANKEE43
9:24 PM GMT on September 17, 2008
Houston is NOT up and running. There are long lines everywhere. What grocery stores have power everyone is flocking to. Many residents of the city won't have power until the first week of Oct. Most schools are without power. If this is up and running then I'm the king of England.



There are many other areas around Houston that are worse off than Houston. We may not have power for 4-6 weeks.Food came in today and was gone before most people even heard it was here.A lot of tempers are getting thin.
My boss has 4 generators running his undamaged house while my coworker and I are living in very damaged homes with no power or water. We had no place to evac to and no money to do it. As I said before, AFTERMATH SUCKS!
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345. Hurricajun
4:33 PM CDT on September 17, 2008
I don't know if we want to actually see the "activities" the 3 of you are doing before they leave, but if that is what you choose to do, I am sure some people will enjoy it!!!
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344. presslord
5:30 PM EDT on September 17, 2008
yea....we're gonna be postin pics and vids of our 'activities'

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343. 996tt
9:27 PM GMT on September 17, 2008
Quoting pottery:
Here is a question to ponder-
The "lone" house, and some others left standing. Well how do the Insurance people deal with that ?
The house is not written-off per se., but it is certainly not habitable standing there with no services at all.

How does the Insurer deal with that ??
They could asses it and say " well, you have some damage here, and there too, say $20,000. Have a nice day"


The house is probably a total loss. Just because it is standing does not mean anything.
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342. goldmoon
9:26 PM GMT on September 17, 2008
Quoting presslord:
OK...I may have a problem in the near future....

stormjunkie and my wife are leaving Charleston for Houston Saturday in a 26 foot truck loaded with supplies....not sure I trust either one of 'em....especially on the road unsupervised for several days...Any advice???

www.portlight.org


Send a kid!
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341. Seastep
9:26 PM GMT on September 17, 2008
Press,

Was going to post a pic (would have been more humorous), but thought better of it...

Chastity belt?
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340. Hurricajun
4:24 PM CDT on September 17, 2008
Press,
put a camera in the truck to "chronicle" their experience??? lol
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339. TEXASYANKEE43
9:21 PM GMT on September 17, 2008
in a 26 foot truck loaded with supplies..not sure I trust either one of 'em....especially on the road unsupervised for several days...Any advice???



Get a new truck? hehehe
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338. Stlouiskid
9:20 PM GMT on September 17, 2008
Quoting 996tt:


They were both bad as is Ike. Not sure how you can say one is worse than the other as they are all a human tragedy. I think Ike and Katrina (Biloxi) area has had the strongest storm surge and most utter devastation. Andrew may have left piles of rubble, but the piles of debris and rubble are gone in Katrina and Ike. In Biloxi, there were cement structures completely gone which were supposed to be hurricane proof.


I agree, IKE was just as bad, i was just commenting on someone that said katrina didnt cause the damage, but the levees failing instead.

if ike had had that extra 12 hours, that wouldve have been houston too
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337. presslord
5:18 PM EDT on September 17, 2008
OK...I may have a problem in the near future....

stormjunkie and my wife are leaving Charleston for Houston Saturday in a 26 foot truck loaded with supplies....not sure I trust either one of 'em....especially on the road unsupervised for several days...Any advice???

www.portlight.org
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336. ArmyMan
9:14 PM GMT on September 17, 2008
Quoting LPStormspotter:


I hear you. I’m not sure what city you’re speaking of. But Houston MUST be up and running as well as the ship channel. Besides the medical center this is the 4th largest city in the US. I don’t live in Houston but I agree they must be up before the smaller areas. Sorry but it's just reality


Houston is NOT up and running. There are long lines everywhere. What grocery stores have power everyone is flocking to. Many residents of the city won't have power until the first week of Oct. Most schools are without power. If this is up and running then I'm the king of England.
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335. 2ifbyC
5:07 PM EDT on September 17, 2008
Quoting G35Wayne:
TROPICS ARE DEAD EVERYONE GO BACK TO WORK!!!!!!


Ummmm, being retired, I refuse to go back to work! 8-)

Now if I can do something within my abilities to aid those that need it, that's not work...it's LOVE! Off to see if our church needs anything else prior to sending a 'convoy'...
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334. pottery
5:05 PM AST on September 17, 2008
Here is a question to ponder-
The "lone" house, and some others left standing. Well how do the Insurance people deal with that ?
The house is not written-off per se., but it is certainly not habitable standing there with no services at all.

How does the Insurer deal with that ??
They could asses it and say " well, you have some damage here, and there too, say $20,000. Have a nice day"
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333. Malachai
4:00 PM CDT on September 17, 2008
Hondaguy:

A clarification, then I'll leave it. Most of the people evac'd to Houston to the Astrodome didn't have a job in NO either. And I agree, the Mayor is probably the main problem. But the fact is, for probably over a year, NO wasn't allowing people to return unless they had jobs in place, already. So they basically got transplanted here, permanently.
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331. bluehaze27
5:07 PM EDT on September 17, 2008
Link

Hello all, here is a 30 minute video from a Houston news cast that takes a walking tour of Ikes damage.
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330. Yoderfunk
5:03 PM EDT on September 17, 2008
Hey Did that guy that took all the footage of ike while it was happening get the footage up on youtube yet? just wondering?
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329. 996tt
8:57 PM GMT on September 17, 2008
Quoting Stlouiskid:


Im sorry but i couldnt disagree more. It took a storm of Katrinas caliber to break the levees, it took 25+ feet of storm surge, which didnt just come from nowhere


They were both bad as is Ike. Not sure how you can say one is worse than the other as they are all a human tragedy. I think Ike and Katrina (Biloxi) area has had the strongest storm surge and most utter devastation. Andrew may have left piles of rubble, but the piles of debris and rubble are gone in Katrina and Ike. In Biloxi, there were cement structures completely gone which were supposed to be hurricane proof.
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328. zoomiami
9:00 PM GMT on September 17, 2008
Adrian: if you are still around - I was trying to find a picture of tent city to show last night, so people could see what they did for those who had no where to live, and couldn't find a single one.

Do you have an image in your collection?

TIA
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327. Patrap
3:57 PM CDT on September 17, 2008
Feel free to Link my Blog to Every Corner,Pole to Pole..

Globally if ya can.

IKE RELIEF EFFORT Link
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326. MNTornado
3:43 PM CDT on September 17, 2008
I suspect as the truth about the detestation done by hurricane Ike becomes more and more evident, the news will finally be revealed. I just don't think that everyone has fully grasped the amount of destruction that has occurred. I remember that the initial reports appeared to down play the destruction that was done. I remember comparing what Dr Masters felt was going to happen with the initial reports and thinking "Thank God it wasn't as bad as he expected it to be". But as more and more news of the destruction done be Ike becomes available, it's beginning to look like Dr Masters nailed this forecast. I don't think we will know the full extent of all the destruction for several days yet. But the news keeps coming in and it keeps getting worse by the day. I think we all prayed that this would not be as bad as Katrina or Rita, but maybe when all is said and done, Ike will have been just as bad.
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325. Sophmom
4:22 PM GMT on September 17, 2008
Quoting WetBankGuy:
What about New Orleans? Depends on how you feel about shutting down agricultural exports and the steel industry by closing the nation's largest bulk port. From the 10 years I lived in North Dakota, we don't have enough rail infrastructure to move what we export now to the barges far upriver, much less get it to another coastal port. And if we're talking about New Orleans, then we need to talk about closing the Houston Ship Channel, Gulfport, MS and Miami, all of which are as or more exposed to disaster as New Orleans.


LMAO. I have no idea who you're talking to, WBT. Obviously, someone I long ago chose to "ignore" most likely because they suggested that NOLA shouldn't be there.

I am reminded by your statement that without a port of New Orleans, there is no shipping into and out of, say, Tulsa or Pittsburgh. Right, WetBankGuy? New Orleans isn't just a port, but it is a port that makes ports all up and down the great Mississippi Basin, covering nearly one third of this nation.

But, I tire of fools easily these days, and cower from the threat of banishment. It's been a long, hard day at work, and rather than argue, if I can't go to New Orleans, I will settle on just going home.

Peace, y'all.

Thanks, Presslord, for the update on the effort. Y'all are amazing.
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323. melly
8:56 PM GMT on September 17, 2008
And hobesound.you even have Harry & the Natives
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322. indianrivguy
4:49 PM EDT on September 17, 2008
Quoting clamshell:


Interesting how Naples had a cow...errr come to think of it...they didn't...even as Wilma was tearing up the Yucatan with Cat 5 winds. We simply watched and waited as Wilma approached and were relieved that she slowed down as she approached.

Interestingly enough, my son went to a concert in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area about a month later and it looked like Wilma had just gone through...the place was a total disaster.

In Naples, the power was on almost overnight and in Miami, I heard that they still had areas without power two weeks later. Probably infrastructure mismanagement and why the news had little to say about Naples. The news was boringly good so they opted to report bad news elsewhere


Their infrastructure had not been tested or stressed by a storm since Andrew, and the windfeild was small for Andrew. You had been bashed recently and the weak links already discovered. Same here in Jensen. We took Francis and Jeanne in the chops so everything was "new" and or recently stressed and survived. Believe it or not, among my friends I predicted that Dade and Broward would suffer greatly because of the reasons I just laid out.

For whatever it is worth, I was very frightened Wilma would rapidly intensify just before landfall, y'all have a really warm spot just offshore most summers.
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320. usa777
8:24 PM GMT on September 17, 2008
Quoting Hurricajun:
For the comments about Katrina,
I live in Lafourche Parish south of New Orleans, and we were upset with the way that New Orleans got all the attention and the MS Gulf Coast was left to handle their own. We were also left to handle our own and we did. We worked our backsides off to make sure we were ready to handle whatever Mother Nature would throw at us again. We did not look for hand-outs and even put aside our little damages to help the people who had major damages.
This year, we were hit with Gustav and Ike, although not directly for Ike, and here we are again, working our backsides off helping the people in our community to get back up and running. Here in Lafourche Parish and down to our south in Grand Isle, there are many residents and businesses without power still. The company I work for, where I am now, still is without power. We are up and running!! We are here during the work day busting our backsides to get the oil industry up and running and then we head to neighbors homes to help them get their homes back up and running, then we head to gas stations to buy gas to help people who cannot afford the gas to run their generators.
Someone asked yesterday why would I choose to live in an area that is below sea level, and my response was that WE choose to live here because WE help to run the oil industry! We are here on this coast to run the ports to make sure that the rest of the country can run their vehicles and have their oils for whatever they need.
Not all the people of Louisiana are like some of the people in New Orleans. We take care of our own and we also help take care of those who won't help to take care of their own.

Great post...Your 100% on the money. It took me 4 days just to get out of Bay St Louis Miss and I talked to friends who wern't as lucky as myself. Didn't see help for weeks.
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319. melly
8:51 PM GMT on September 17, 2008
hobesound..I agree with you 100%....All of these hurricanes are scary, damaging , and unbelieveable... I am just south of you in Lake Worth... There should not be a bragging right of who had the worst storm... They are all scary whether you lose your home or not...
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318. riblet2000
8:52 PM GMT on September 17, 2008
Quoting WhereIsTheStorm:


Wilma hit Naples? I never saw that on the news.
See? No coverage, no storm.

Wilma came ashore south of Marco but we got 130 MPH wind gusts and tornadoes from it. Luckily we were in the "good" quadrant of the windfield. Had it come ashore 20 miles north it would have been a totally different story, with national news coverage.
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316. LPStormspotter
8:45 PM GMT on September 17, 2008
Quoting Hurricajun:
311. LPStormspotter 3:42 PM CDT on September 17, 2008
I am here in Lafourche Parish, in Louisiana, Southeast Louisiana. Not even close to where Ike made landfall!


O i see. i kinda thought the same when they were on and on about NOLA and i think alot of the smaller cities had more damage than tey did.
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315. clamshell
8:46 PM GMT on September 17, 2008
Quoting WhereIsTheStorm:
Wilma hit Naples? I never saw that on the news. But Thanks for
slowing it down a little for us. Within three days all you saw were
blue tarps everywhere.


Interesting how Naples had a cow...errr come to think of it...they didn't...even as Wilma was tearing up the Yucatan with Cat 5 winds. We simply watched and waited as Wilma approached and were relieved that she slowed down as she approached.

Interestingly enough, my son went to a concert in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area about a month later and it looked like Wilma had just gone through...the place was a total disaster.

In Naples, the power was on almost overnight and in Miami, I heard that they still had areas without power two weeks later. Probably infrastructure mismanagement and why the news had little to say about Naples. The news was boringly good so they opted to report bad news elsewhere
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314. Tejano72
8:36 PM GMT on September 17, 2008
228: YopgiNav: My post (128?) was a starter. All those things can be programmed to end and avoid indefinite losses of money, but getting people online and involved rarely costs less than putting them up, feeding them, dealing with the bitching and the legal ramifications of kicking them out of their house. Homestead laws, you know? If they paid their tax bill, what can you do? They may already have a liability suit for (I know, I know...) the government NOT preventing this. Calling the interns. CYA can be expensive either way. If you keep people busy, they are too tired to bitch and moan. Always a good plan. If they get hurt, you've got a waiver, fix them and medic them and apologize. And keep working. People will work hard and support a good cause if they see organization and something happening, and there is good communication. Oh wait, I didn't just describe the Federal Government, did I? Sounds more like GOOGLE. Well, Mr. Gates and Mr. Buffett: Thank you for all your years of making tons of money off of Westers Society, for all the software bought for GSA, NCH. Unfortunately, you'll never be considered great men by people in the USA, or your employees, or your staff, since you've sent all the money to Africa and those places. Not that it isn't a good thing, just think about those billions of dollars in these terms: Layoffs, early retirement, all the college tuitions that couldn't be funded by your underpaid staff, medical deductibles that couldn't be met. Gee, instead of making billions, you could benefit the people more who helped you get there? Free Windows Vista? No? Money for Hurricane Relief? No? Why should we help at home, let's send the money to Africa, where it will ultimately benefit the Chinese in their global expansion. Tell me again why deputizing (and yes, it is still less to pay a "beaureaucrat" $35k a year to check their backgrounds and buy an insurance policy, and put the remaining folks to work, feed, water and connect them via sat phones and wireless web, and give them something to do, then have them fester and deport them from their houses. Crunch the numbers. Marketing-wise, removing them forcibly from their houses and businesses is a horrible idea, even if it is for their welfare. It's a free country (ROTFL).
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313. Hurricajun
3:42 PM CDT on September 17, 2008
311. LPStormspotter 3:42 PM CDT on September 17, 2008
I am here in Lafourche Parish, in Louisiana, Southeast Louisiana. Not even close to where Ike made landfall!
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312. 69Viking
3:42 PM CDT on September 17, 2008
246. jeffB

I agree with you but condos are better than houses when it comes to standing up to a storm.

My preference would be to leave it as a natural park. Plant native trees that would perserve the dunes and in the long run help prevent the mainland from taking the brunt of storm surge.

I live on a sound where you can see the barrier island and then the GOM. The barrier island is not built on except for a few military sites so the dunes still exist with trees and plants despite several hurricanes over the years. When hurricanes hit our area the mainland behind this barrier island with dunes on it suffers far less damage than where the dunes are flat because houses have been built. The trees and plants help keep the sand from getting washed out to sea.
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