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Friday, September 12, 2008

Hurricane IKE/ We should only see lots of rain and wind here in San Antonio!

Texas prepares for a gigantic Hurricane Ike
Chris is on emergency staffing and helping Lackland prepare for Hurricane IKE. He may even have to work all weekend to help out. Most all our shelters are full from evacuee's. Pray for the people of Galveston were the eye is suppose to hit. The schools are prepared to shut down here in San Antonio for Monday if flooding does happen. Schools have been closed all over the coast of Texas. We should be fine. Chris said last update was we should see up to 10 inches- 12 inches of rain. Its a lot and can give us flooding but it just depends on how the Hurricane once on land turns. We will get the outer bands of it for sure. I copied a article with information below. For all family members who are calling and emailing, this should help put you at ease!!!

More Hurricane Ike articles
HOUSTON -- Cars and trucks streamed inland and chemical companies buttoned up their plants Thursday as a gigantic Hurricane Ike took aim at the heart of the U.S. refining industry and threatened to send a wall of water crashing toward Houston.

Nearly 1 million people along the Texas coast were ordered to evacuate ahead of the storm, which was expected to strike late Friday or early Saturday. But in a calculated risk aimed at avoiding total gridlock, authorities told most people in the nation's fourth-largest city to just hunker down.

Ike was steering almost directly for Houston, where gleaming skyscrapers, the nation's biggest refinery and NASA's Johnson Space Center lie in areas vulnerable to wind and floodwaters. Forecasters said the storm was likely to come ashore as a Category 3, with winds up to 130 mph.

But the storm was so big, it could inflict a punishing blow even in those areas that do not get a direct hit. Forecasters warned that because of Ike's size and the state's shallow coastal waters, it could produce a surge, or wall of water, 20 feet high, and waves of perhaps 50 feet. It could also dump 10 inches or more of rain.

"It's a big storm," Texas Gov. Rick Perry said. "I cannot overemphasize the danger that is facing us. It's going to do some substantial damage. It's going to knock out power. It's going to cause massive flooding."

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