Aftereffects of Ike

September 15, 2008 at 6:35 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Ike was a stubborn storm.  After rampaging across Texas on Saturday, it raced northeastward Saturday night and Sunday, maintaining much of its strength.  Wind gusts of 75 to 80 mph caused widespread damage as far inland as Kentucky and Ohio.  In fact, those high winds blew down trees that killed four people in Ohio.  The fatality total has now reached 39 in eight different states.  I’m not sure, but that might be a record for deaths caused in the greatest number of states by a single hurricane.

Looking at photos from the coast, I rather expect that the number of deaths caused by Ike will still be climbing in the coming days.  Too many people didn’t heed the advice to evacuate from coastal communities, and I expect more bodies to be found in the coming days.

Here are a couple of photos from our NBC5 Storm Tracker Martin Lisius, who weathered the storm and surveyed the damage.  The first is of the wind damage to the Chase Tower in downtown Houston… reminiscent of downtown Fort Worth after the March 28, 2000 tornado.

The second is from north Houston, and illustates the widespread flooding after Ike’s passage.  Only the tops of these cars are visible.

It is going to take many months for the Houston area to recover.  And for Galveston, it will take years.

Chief Meteorologist David Finfrock

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