I had a feeling with the name Ike, this hurricane would be fierce. Overnight Hurricane Ike left some serious damage in southeast Texas including Galveston and Houston. Southwest Louisiana was also affected by Hurricane Ike. Some folks who decided not to evacuate regretted their decision.
GALVESTON, Texas (CNN) — Rescuers in Galveston, Texas, were going door-to-door Saturday to check on the estimated 20,000 people who failed to flee Hurricane Ike, which has slowed to tropical storm status.
As of Saturday afternoon, the Galveston Fire Department had taken 27 people to a shelter in a high school on the coastal island, which was without electricity or water pressure.
No casualties had been discovered so far in the search and rescue efforts, which have been hampered by heavy flooding and scattered debris.
“We are in a recovery mode,” Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas said in a press conference Saturday afternoon. “This eye came right over us, stayed a while and went on, but it brought a lot of damage to our city.”
Galveston City Manager Steve LeBlanc said the island would be closed while authorities assess damages, including to the causeway, which was in “bad shape” because of debris and road damage.
“The road buckled in a number of places,” LeBlanc said. “Even if we opened it up you couldn’t get through.”
LeBlanc said 17 buildings on the island had been destroyed, including ten homes that caught fire and a boat storage warehouse that was set ablaze as Ike approached.
The other buildings fell because their structures were battered by winds and storm surge, LeBlanc said.
Ike was downgraded Saturday to a tropical storm 11 hours after it crashed ashore as a Texas-sized hurricane that walloped southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana.
Check out the entire article here. I was watching CNN earlier today and they mentioned that over 2 million people were without power in Texas and Louisiana. And of course gas stations are jacking up the gas prices.
The New York Times has a section on the Galveston Storm of 1900. This hurricane occured on September 8, 1900 and caused over 6,000 deaths.