September 16th, 2008

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I don't like Ike.

Well, I survived Hurricane Ike relatively unscathed!  I'm located north of Houston, so while we still got some hurricane force winds, the storm had been downgraded to a Cat 1 by the time it reached me.  Lots of debris, fallen limbs, etc. in the backyard, but that's pretty much it.  My parents had similar damage, as well as two small trees down near their driveway, but nothing major.  And a tree fell on one of my co-workers cars, totaling it.  There are a few pictures I took during and after the storm below the cut.  Most are from around my neighborhood, my parents' place, and around town.
I have a few friends and family members living in Houston who rode out the storm (Houstonians were told not to evacuate).  They were all in agreement that it was one of the most frightening experiences of their lives.  One of my friends took some pictures of downtown Houston after the storm passed...if he ever gets around to sending me the pics, I will post a few here.

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I've also compiled a list of websites with good photo galleries of the Gulf Coast if anyone is interested.  The photos of Galveston, especially the Crystal Beach area, are by far the scariest.  It was really kind of emotional for me to look at all the destruction because I've spent so much time in Galveston.  I've spent at least one weekend a year there (sometimes more) since I was born.  In fact, I was just there the weekend before Ike hit...I spent three days on the island and the weather was beautiful.  Guess I won't be going back for a while.  Words can't possibly describe how sad I feel for all the people who lost their homes in the storm.
Houston Chronicle (there are multiple galleries, so this link goes directly to the homepage)
The Chronicle also has some good user-submitted photos here.
Austin American-Statesman 
Yahoo! News (comprised of photos from AP, Reuters and AFP)
Galveston County Daily News WARNING: they've been having problems with their site (not exactly a surprise, considering what it's like down there right now) so it might take a while to load.
CNN -- I was not terribly impressed with their photo galleries, but they do have a lot of video.
The Weather Channel (user-submitted photos)
Finally, if anyone is interesting in learning more about The Great Storm of 1900 that completely destroyed Galveston and killed over 6,000 people (it's the deadliest natural disaster in US history), Wikipedia has some pretty detailed information as well as links to several other good sites.