Friday, September 12, 2008
Goodbye to Galveston? Hurricane Ike "Tinas" Texas
Jim; Thanks for the report. This is the very best news reporting I have seen/read on this issue. Keep me informed, please. Here in Cedarville, CA at 4600 ft elevation Galveston seems worlds away. Stay safe and keep the updates coming!
Dear Campers, Radio Folks, Fam & Friends-
We may be witnessing the destruction of Galveston Island. With the more than 9 hours before official landfall, Ike has now crested Galveston's legendary sea wall. The Jamaica Beach section may fail. Austin shelters are filling up as fast as they are opened. Few problems here. Most common complaint. "Nobody told ME to bring my own bedding!" Houston's Pacifica station KPFT will SIGN OFF at 5:00pmC. They had already reduced power. According to GM Duane Bradley, whom I just got off the phone with, "Nobody's coming in to do their shows...not even the news staff!" They had hoped to keep the station on the air until 8pm to let Ray Hill do his Prison Show, and deliver urgent messages to his thousands of listeners. "It's just not practical," says the practical Bradley. KPFT expects/hopes to sign back on the air tomorrow, mid-day. They will NOT be on-line. Signing off and on is serious business, requires FCC notification, and is always considered "last resort."
This just announced on 90.1FM: "KPFT will suspend broadcast operations at 5pm, Friday September 12 due to the impending hurricane. Original plans to remain on-air until 11pm Friday changed when the station was compelled to switch from its main transmitter to the digital backup unit around midday Friday. In the interest of assuring the safety of our staff and volunteer programmers, some of whom have already been forced to evacuate their homes, it was decided to power the station down before the full storm arrives. We will return to the airwaves when it is both technically possible and safe for staff. The hope is we may be able to do so beginning Saturday morning at 9am. However, this will only be possible if there is power both at the transmitter site and the station, as well as safe road conditions allowing access to the studios."
(5:00:30pm, 90.1FM now silent. Viva Pacifica!)
"Contra Flow" is now part of the local vocabulary. That's when authorities open BOTH sides of the Interstate to northbound tra;00ffic. It's quite impressive to see eight, ten, twelve lanes of traffic, bumper to bumper, all heading, um, to Austin. However, a Houston pal I am on the phone with now, says major Interstate highways, 10 and 45, are not one way yet. Traffic is "not that bad..." This IS Houston, after all. The Rita evacuation of a few years ago is widely considered the worst traffic jam in American history.
Update 5:40pm TX Lt. Guv David Dewhurst is announcing now that they "expect to see Beaumont underwater, Texas City underwater, Galveston underwater, Orange underwater, Port Arthur underwater" tonight. They expect three million+ houses to lose power overnight.
Austin Red Cross is announcing they need 400 more volunteers immediately. Austin Evacuee Count: 4000 and growing quickly. 17 shelters full. Some crowding problems.
Galveston Island radar (live) http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ridge/radar.php?product=N0Z&rid=HGX&loop=no The eye of Ike is 72 miles across! IKE IS BIGGER THAN THE 1900 HURRICANE THAT CAUSED THE DESTRUCTION OF GALVESTON. 20-25 foot surges are expected to "race up the Houston Ship Channel." Only 60% of Galveston residents have left the island. Air rescues continue but will stop shortly. Last call.
http://www.noaawatch.gov/2008/ike.phpBUY GAS NOW. Current prices in Austin running from $3.69 to just under $4.00.
LIFE THREATENING INUNDATION LIKELY! ALL NEIGHBORHOODS...AND POSSIBLY ENTIRE COASTAL COMMUNITIES... WILL BE INUNDATED DURING THE PERIOD OF PEAK STORM TIDE. PERSONS NOT HEEDING EVACUATION ORDERS IN SINGLE FAMILY ONE OR TWO STORY HOMES MAY FACE CERTAIN DEATH. MANY RESIDENCES OF AVERAGE CONSTRUCTION DIRECTLY ON THE COAST WILL BE DESTROYED. WIDESPREAD AND DEVASTATING PERSONAL PROPERTY DAMAGE IS LIKELY ELSEWHERE. VEHICLES LEFT BEHIND WILL LIKELY BE SWEPT AWAY. NUMEROUS ROADS WILL BE SWAMPED...SOME MAY BE WASHED AWAY BY THE WATER. ENTIRE FLOOD PRONE COASTAL COMMUNITIES WILL BE CUTOFF. WATER LEVELS MAY EXCEED 9 FEET FOR MORE THAN A MILE INLAND. COASTAL RESIDENTS IN MULTI-STORY FACILITIES RISK BEING CUTOFF. CONDITIONS WILL BE WORSENED BY BATTERING WAVES CLOSER TO THE COAST. SUCH WAVES WILL EXACERBATE PROPERTY DAMAGE...WITH MASSIVE DESTRUCTION OF HOMES...INCLUDING THOSE OF BLOCK CONSTRUCTION. DAMAGE FROM BEACH EROSION COULD TAKE YEARS TO REPAIR.
Houston "clear channel" powerhouse KTRH-AM station can be heard regionally at 740AM, especially after sunset.
This humorous response from one of Houston's loopier radio wisecrackers...."There is no way I'm going to fuck with Jim Ellinger. One comment from uppity Staci, and now we are poised to be flattened.I always suspected that Ellinger was a plant, and was deep into the Bilderberger Freemason World Domination Illuminati plot.Apparently, he has been in contact with his secret society pals at the H.A.A.R.P. project, and just because he got a bee in his tinfoil bonnet over a volunteer at KPFT, he has arranged to devastate the entire Gulph [sic] Coast Region.Things are not always as they seem. The GRC Executive Council [no such thing-jim] might want to do some background checks on this Ellinger character.I would suggest contacting somebody else from Austin, who might have more information on Mr Ellinger.My contact in Austin is Alex Jones, he has all the inside information, and I'm sure he's familiar with Ellinger.[got that right! jim]Meanwhile, we are hoping to survive Mr. Ellinger's payback, if that is actually his real name. And I hope he's happy, because there's going to be a lot more than six people slaughtered in his vengeful savagery, and I hope Ms Staci is happy with herself for pissing him off. "
Take a look at some the charectors who are staying put and "hunkering down": http://acksisofevil.org/images/ready.jpg
Austin Airwaves #1
Dear Campers, Radio Folks, Fam & Friends-
Well, it looks like Austin is gonna dodge the bullet, but MAN, Houston, and especially Galveston, are really in for a world of hurt. Read this bulletin from the NWS. Local weathermen are freaking out over this language from the usually staid and conservative NWS. Like NOLA during Katrina, the surges are gonna' be the killers. Latest Ike surge projections: 20-25 feet. Galveston Seawall: 17 feet. Houston is four feet above sea level (but "not in a bowl...") and the Houston Ship Canal comes right up to downtown. Check out NOAA's storm surge animation. There are 5 million+ folks in this area. The entirety of Galveston Island is no longer visible on the last map. Texas City, that's where your gasoline comes from, also looks to be heavily damaged. Hundreds of petrochemical and oil facilities in the area. Ike is TWICE as big as Katrina. Landfall at midnight. Flooding in Galveston's Historic District already starting.http://www.noaawatch.gov/2008/ike.php
BUY GAS NOW.
It should be no surprise that Karen ("WMDB,") and all emergency folks state wide, have been called in. "12 by 12." Austin evac centers beginning to fill up. So far, nine of our 75 evac centers are full. Massive, massive traffic flows. Even NASA moved here!! National "ripple effect" already being felt with both Houston airports, the Ship Canal, NASA, gas and oil refineries and 1000+ oil rigs now all closed. cheers,jimAustin, projected high today...100! (on the "dry" or "sinking" side of hurricane...)
Recent dispatch from Houston pal...Hurricane force winds extend 120 miles from the center and the whole thing is something like 700 miles across - this thing is huge. There's no way that we in Houston will miss it, even if it were to take a turn or two. 5 million people in the Houston area alone, but yes, most of us are staying. We, however, do not live in a bowl.It's crazy to have hundreds of petro-chemical plants and several major oil refineries in the same place as hurricanes - and they're all on the water. Expect environmental devastation and of course billions of dollars in property damage.I live about 70 miles from the Gulf so no worry of storm surge, but we are surrounded by 75 ft trees - I guess they've seen this before but still very scary. I selfishly request people to send strength to the trees.We'll try to report out as long as we can before we lose power. I'd better find that one analog telephone we still have...wendy http://www.kpft.org/http://www.khou.com/