On the morning of September 13, 2008, the eye of Hurricane Ike approached the Texas coast near Galveston Bay, making landfall at 2:10 a.m. CDT over the east end of Galveston Island.  People in low-lying areas who had not heeded evacuation orders, in single-family one- or two-story homes, were warned by the weather service that they may "face certain death" from the overnight storm surge.
In regional Texas towns, electrical power began failing before 8 p.m. CDT, leaving millions without power (estimates range from 2.8 million to 4.5 million  customers).
In Galveston, by 4 p.m. CDT (2100 UTC) on September 12, the rising storm surge began overtopping the 17-ft (5.2 m) Galveston Seawall, which faces the Gulf of Mexico; waves had been crashing along the seawall earlier, from 9 a.m. CDT. Although Seawall Boulevard is elevated above the shoreline, many areas of town slope down behind the seawall to the lower elevation of Galveston Island.
Later, guys. Moving to higher ground. Grabbing the dog and a few guitars, and that's it.
dbw said:According to RLW's profile, he was seen last at "2008-09-12, 09:31:50", when he said:
So it looks like the flooding was getting pretty bad around that time, but he left home. If his computer got drowned he probably hasn't replaced it yet, or the power might still be down. :guitaristgif:Later, guys. Moving to higher ground. Grabbing the dog and a few guitars, and that's it.
RLW here, we're bunkered in behind a 43 year old levee, while watching parts of Galveston burn to the ground. My house, being right on a bayou, was rapidly becoming a deathtrap. As cocky as I tried to sound the other night, conditions went downhill rapidly last night. The thing that sealed the deal was looking at my dog's nose being one foot above the ground, and knowing that if the shite hit the fan, she would be a goner.
bpmorton777 said:sounds like he cut it kind of close. How did you fair, Lucky? Also, I think Super Turbo deluxe and Marko were in texas at the time. I know it's a big state...
dbw said:Fleeing, even from "certain death", is not part of the Texan psyche. Remember the Alamo? Thankfully there seem to have been relatively few deaths, considering how bad the damage is.