9.12.2008

Hurricane Ike... eep!

From Twitter member TrackingIke: "What a warning: 'Persons not heeding evacuation orders in single family one or two story homes will face certain death.' http://is.gd/2w8E "

The link goes to a National Weather Service warning. Scroll about halfway down. The rest of the paragraph reads:

WIDESPREAD AND DEVASTATING PERSONAL PROPERTY DAMAGE IS LIKELY ELSEWHERE. VEHICLES LEFT BEHIND WILL LIKELY BE SWEPT AWAY. NUMEROUS ROADS WILL BE SWAMPED...SOME MAY BE WASHED AWAY BY THE WATER. ENTIRE FLOOD PRONE COASTAL COMMUNITIES WILL BE CUTOFF. WATER LEVELS MAY EXCEED 9 FEET FOR MORE THAN A MILE INLAND. COASTAL RESIDENTS IN MULTI-STORY FACILITIES RISK BEING CUTOFF. CONDITIONS WILL BE WORSENED BY BATTERING WAVES CLOSER TO THE COAST. SUCH WAVES WILL EXACERBATE PROPERTY DAMAGE...WITH MASSIVE DESTRUCTION OF HOMES...INCLUDING THOSE OF BLOCK CONSTRUCTION. DAMAGE FROM BEACH EROSION COULD TAKE YEARS TO REPAIR.

Spouse's flight to Houston (and then home) from Canada has been canceled, and there's nothing available through the weekend to any airport near home. Although I'm bummed he won't be home, I'm glad he'll be safe. Another gratitude: tonight is my last shift for the week, so I have all day Friday (or at least, for as long as I can stay awake) to get the property prepared for the onslaught of rain.

May all in Ike's path be safe.

[pic: apropros of nothing, Godzilla on the porch.]

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