Friday, September 12, 2008

120 mph Gusts Hit Oil Rigs off Texas, As Flood Watches are Hoisted Here at Home

I just got off the phone with the National Weather Service in Indianapolis and we went over the river situation. The good news is that our rivers are in good shape for now. The bad news is they agree with my updated total rainfall this weekend of 3 to 6 inches. This could bring the Wabash over bank full next week. Also, lowland flooding could quickly develop by Sunday and flood watches are now going up across our viewing area. Indianapolis will likely issue them as well but not until later in the weekend. I will be back to talk about our severe weather threat and thunderstorm threat this weekend, including the latest track of Ike and possible tropical storm force wind gusts on the way. Batten down the hatches! Weather Team 18 is now in storm mode.

Also, make sure to say some prayers for those in the Galveston/Houston area. This will likely be the worst hurricane to hit the U.S. since Katrina. Think of a 20 foot wall of water with waves up to 40 feet on top of it! I hope everybody has evacuated safely. If not we could have another major catastophe in the making. Also you may want to fill up the gas tanks while you can before the prices go back over 4 dollars due to our oil rigs now taking major hits in the Gulf. We had some gusts of 120 mph off Sabine Pass, Texas oil rigs. The anemometer was located 400 feet high but it still gives you the reason why this storm will be one to remember. Ike will likely be a retired hurricane like so many of his predecessors including Rita, Katrina, and Andrew. A storm is retired when it causes widespread destruction and casualties. Unfortunately, Ike has already killed nearly 100 people in the Carribean. We will keep you updated.

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is horriable situation! I am worried about storms and rain here at home, I cannot begin to fathem how those poor people feel in Texas!

Justin about to your post about the person who drove through high water, I think many people did not think this hurricane was going to be as bad a what the media was warning. Some refused to leave, then, when the water started to rise they got frightend and decided to leave.

I would have left days ago.

Sound like a wet windy weekend!

Teri in Laf

Anonymous said...

gee sorry about the typo errors LOL

Anonymous said...

Your right Teri!! :) Your right.

Justin in Lafayette.

Anonymous said...

Ok the latest update on Ike,

The pressure has droped just a bit again from 957mb to 955mb still moveing at 12mph and is now 136 miles away from Galveston TX,.

Even though it is expected to make landfall in Galveston TX, still places like lake charles LA, has a 90% chance of seeing some CAT 1 storm force wind's and a 56% chance of seeing CAT 2 storm force wind's. So everyone who is near or around this hurricane need's to keep watch.

Justin in Lafayette.

Anonymous said...

I have family in P'cola Fl,has been hit hard by water!

Anonymous said...

Hey blogger's if you want to see the hurricane on web cam check out this web site.

http://www.galveston.com/webcams/

Justin in Lafayette.

Anonymous said...

Thanks Justin. I have just been watching videos on weather.com. Houston is already underwater? Like Teri said, I cannot believe some people standing on the sea wall and watching the water!! I would have been out of there days ago! Thank you Mike for the update tonight also.

ML

Brow said...

Been watching those cams but the page loads really slow for me. :( It really is looking nasty isn't it? My thoughts are with those getting ready to go through this mess.

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Everyone have a good evening.

Brow said...

Heads up, I've just noticed 3 tornado warnings in southern Indiana.

At this time, it looks like they are only 10 minutes in warning length.

Anonymous said...

We have a Big mess for tomorrow with really high wind gusts near 40Mph very heavy rainfall aroiund 4" inches and some possible thunderstorms later tomorrow evening/night. The blog will be busy! This is some hurricane I don't think I have ever seen anything like this before!!

Justin in Lafayette.

Anonymous said...

Nice picture Brow I voted for ya.

Justin in Lafayette.