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Hurricane Ike

Y'all just go on and start writing a check to the relief organization of your choice if you're inclined to do so, 'cause Ike is really bad news.

At the time of this writing, it has overflowed Lake Pontchartrain, Pascagoula's getting very high waves (I care about Pascagoula - a dear co-worker of mine grew up there and has family there), guild mates of mine are likely to get hit in Houston and Louisiana, and so on.

Gas price gouging has already started. Despicable, and quite illegal, but calamities do tend to bring out the best in some people and the worst in others.

As for Galveston, why the heck 40% of the population has stayed after the "certain death" mandatory evacuation is beyond me. I'm not talking about the folks who cannot leave - that's not 40% of the population there. I'm talking about the people who can, and just aren't going. These kids, for example, are just foolish, in my opinion. A little bit of plywood isn't going to keep this out.

Ike is around 100 miles from landfall, and already it looks like this.

Here's an in-progress blog.

If you're reading this and you have family there, I hope that they are safe.

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quandry
Sep. 13th, 2008 05:21 pm (UTC)
I hear you on the anger... I keep reading stories like this
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/13/AR2008091301156.html

Particularly with Galveston's history, these people have NO excuse. Now is not the moment for "I told you so" but maybe we need to direct some money into psychological research into why people refuse to believe in oncoming disasters.

What really lends perspective is that Galveston dodged a bullet - the storm surge could have been much, much worse, and had that been the case, there would have been nothing at all left behind. I wonder if these people will every understand that they were *lucky*.
pointedview
Sep. 15th, 2008 03:57 pm (UTC)
I totally agree with you about Galveston dodging a bullet. *nods* You are right that they were very lucky!
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