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.