Hurricanes are always serious, but it’s rare that they actually have direct strikes on highly populated city centers. Well, Ike may turn out to be another one for the records. After weaving his way through the countries in the Gulf of Mexico, Ike headed straight for Texas and came ashore in Galveston while making a bee-line directly for Houston.
My brother lives down in Houston, and at least 8 hours before Ike hit his house he snapped this very short clip of his dog out in the front yard getting gusseted by winds from the far outer edges of the storm.
Then just a few hours later, this video shows the fury of the storm as it made landfall in Texas. Within about 1 hour, over 1.3 million people were without power, and the worst is still yet to come.
If we take a look at what Ike did on the way to Houston, it was already impressive – in a bad way. It ripped through the Caribbean, doing major damage to Haiti and the Bahamas:
The made its way over to wreak havoc on Cuba:
I’ve got no idea what’s going on, as it’s 4:20am, but we’ll see how everything actually turned out later in the day after the storm has passed. I sure hope everyone is Ok.
Edit: Bloomberg is reporting that 4.5 million people are now without power in Texas:
Virtually every customer who receives electricity on the overhead distribution network is without power,” said Floyd LeBlanc, spokesman for Houston-based CenterPoint Energy Inc. “This was a really big hurricane; we looked at a wind field when it was on land of 250 miles.’