Hurrican Ike Blog: 2 pm Friday
Friday, September 12, 2008
We got the garage cleaned out enough to park the van inside - a huge relief!

Ike is a category 2 storm, but it's huge. They are predicting a 25-30 ft. storm surge for ; the previous Texas record was 22 feet during Hurricane Carla in 1961.

Houston should expect 75-80 mph winds for about 8 hours, starting at midnight tonight. It's the duration of the winds that is dangerous.

According to the Dr. Jeff's blog on Wunderground:
Hurricane Ike is closing in on Texas, and stands poised to become one of the most damaging hurricanes of all time. Despite Ike's rated Category 2 strength, the hurricane is much larger and more powerful than Category 5 Katrina or Category 5 Rita. The storm surge from Ike could rival Katrina's, inundating a 200-mile stretch of coast from Galveston to Cameron, Louisiana with waters over 15 feet high. This massive storm surge is due to the exceptional size of Ike.

Last night I made unexpected run up north, but didn't refill the gas tank when getting home. That was a mistake! I had to try 4 gas stations before I found one with fuel to sell, and it's up 30 cents since yesterday -$3.59 a gallon.

People are boarding up windows in our neighborhood, and husband dear thought perhaps we should get some duct tape to keep glass from flying if a window breaks. Being the dutiful wife I am *snort*, I set out.

Home Depot was closed at noon. Lowe's next door was a madhouse. I didn't even try to get in - there were at least 100 people lined up outside waiting for their turn to get in. I headed over to Dollar Tree, which was remarkably calm. I got some plastic dropcloths there, in case our windows break we can at least cover the hole. We have nails and packing tape, so that will have to do!

We are fairly well prepared with food and water. As I said before, the real story will be next week when we find out if there's going to be a disaster with the power coming back on. We'll be filling our bathtubs tonight, and I'm going to fill the washing machine with water so we can flush the toilets. My big endeavor is to get all of the laundry washed and put away, in case we leave next week!

Skies are cloudy and gray, but not raining yet. It's starting to get windy, though.

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