watching Ike

Discussion in 'Off-Topic' started by sailordave, Sep 7, 2008.

  1. Chuck

    Chuck just the messenger

    Since Dan's son has asthema (sp) this could be hard on him....
  2. Dan

    Dan KiloTanked in post 153451

    We're safe and sound in Bryan. We relocated from Cypress our neighborhood is really beat up. 50 year oaks torn up root ball and all. Our house seems water tight for the moment, about half the houses on my block are leaking or missing sections of roof.

  3. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    The storm has passed us now. We came through pretty well. I lost a little metal shed, and half of a tree that fell out into an open space.

    theLimeyBrit lost power, so he and family are here with us tonight.
  4. PookieSoup

    PookieSoup Well-Known Member

  5. Aspasia

    Aspasia Well-Known Member

    Whitecaps on the roads and parking lots. What a terrible tragedy.

    Where will all that water go?
  6. msirach

    msirach Well-Known Member

    We had damage from Ike this morning. Rain and then we had winds that broke trees and damaged roofs. It blew part of the roof off of my yard shed that I've only had for 3 weeks. I guess I'll be roofing tomorrow.
  7. Dan

    Dan KiloTanked in post 153451

    we got power back after 33 hours at 3:30pm. Still millions without power. I'll be back at work in the morning, though schools are still closed through wednesday. Only internet is through my cell phone and cell phones are pretty clogged in houston and cypress.

  8. Chuck

    Chuck just the messenger

    is the hypermiling meet going to be this sat at noon?
  9. Right Lane Cruiser

    Right Lane Cruiser Penguin of Notagascar

    Dan, I'm very glad you weathered that stuff okay!!
  10. ILAveo

    ILAveo Well-Known Member

    7-8" of rain here. Water's over the road. Mud's in the basement. I broke my wheelbarrow yesterday building gravel check dams in the gully that eroded in the side of the road bed by my property. And tomorrow's Monday:(.
  11. lamebums

    lamebums Member

    Ike swept through here on Sunday. We lost power ~1:30 PM and it didn't come back. Sustained winds of 40-50 MPH with gusts well into the 70's. Good the power went out when it did because the Bengals played like ****.

    I was up in Devou Park when the worst of it hit. Trees down everywhere, power lines down, the place was generally looking like a war zone.

    When it was all said and done over 90% of the city (two million people) had lost power and as of this still ~80% still don't have it, myself included. I'm posting this from on campus. Most places are still closed, many cell towers are out, and since there's no electricity there's a run on gas since the pumps are electric. The places that are selling gas are well over $4/per, if they're not out.

    My only real news source until this morning was a radio powered by AA batteries. We're not expecting power back until the weekend.

    Pictures coming.
  12. hobbit

    hobbit He who posts articles

    NOAA has a bunch of "aftermath" sat pictures up, which show pretty
    close detail of areas like Galveston. It's even vanilla-HTML
    accessible. This one in particular looks pretty hairy -- can
    anyone identify what all the spoo across the road is at the lower
    left corner of that image?
  13. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

  14. Dan

    Dan KiloTanked in post 153451

    Last edited: Sep 16, 2008
  15. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    and that's a good thing!
  16. degnaw

    degnaw Well-Known Member

    We got power back sometime last night (around 36 hours after it went out, at 2:30). As for damage, we just lost like 4 shingles, but our neighbor had a whole 5 square foot patch torn off. And my high school (Mason) was delayed by two hours - which isn't too bad, but the district to our west (Lakota), east (Kings), and south (cincinnati public schools) were (from what i heard, so it might not necessarily be true) all closed. I was actually out riding my bike when our power went out, since I was oblivious that there actually was a storm - its not like we usually have our blinds open. It didn't feel that bad, but i did nearly get blown over a few times.
  17. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    theLimeyBrit has his power back on now - Saturday afternoon until Tuesday morning. He and family stayed at my house for the duration.
  18. PookieSoup

    PookieSoup Well-Known Member

    Glad everyone is okay. I braved the grocery store last night. Apparently, there are still some neighborhoods around here without power.
  19. hobbit

    hobbit He who posts articles

    Thanks for the "bigpicture" reference -- ironically
    enough even though it's supposedly my home-area site I don't poke
    around on it that often. The big plus there is that all the
    stuff is presented in totally vanilla HTML that works in all
    browsers under all security scenarios -- as opposed to sites like,
    say, Picasa, and Dan, if you can generate a simple linear list
    of picture links instead of just sending folks like me to Picasa
    it would actually allow me to SEE them...
    And that is definitely a very hairy pic of the flotsam. eep.
    I wonder how far inland an event like that could push around here --
    given that the GPS says I'm less than 40 feet ASL, it wouldn't
    be pretty.
  20. ILAveo

    ILAveo Well-Known Member

    The picture made me think of how wasteful it all is. Most places just burn or landfill all that debris. That's what happened in my area after the July Derecho. Here's a recent article about the potential to recycle materials and derive energy from disaster debris. Current practice is that government contractors can't be bothered to do it because it's too much hassle for too little cash. Disaster cleanup companies I've seen have had an ambulance chasing/gold rush mentality; including, at times, my employer.

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