Archive for September 12th, 2008

Hurricane Update

Friday, September 12th, 2008

We are supposed to have landfall sometime around 1 AM Saturday.  We have done everything we can to prepare, so it’s up to God to take care of us now.
Continue to pray for us.

Update at 11:16 PM on Sept. 12:
Strong winds coming and going, but at this point the rainbands have not made it to us yet. The storm is really slow moving and we should see the rain in an hour or so.
The power is dipping, but so far has stayed on.
Thanks for all the kind thoughts and prayers.

Update at 12:57 AM on Sept. 13:
The rainbands have reached our house and the wind is gusting quite strongly. We have kept our power so far, but I understand that power is out at least 136,000 places. The utility crews are sitting tight until after the storm has passed, so most of these people will be without power until into the day tomorrow.
Galveston is covered by approximately 11 feet of water in many places. The leading edge of the eye is just now arriving there.
I’ll give more updates in a bit.

Update at 2:57 AM on Sept. 13:
Ike made landfall about 40 minutes ago. We are in the middle of the worst of the windbands and are having 90 to 110 mph winds. It’s raining very hard now too. But the power has stayed on.
Downtown Houston is getting the worst of the rain now. The eye has turned north and may not actually cross over our house.
Aside from the flooding, which I expected, there have been quite a few fires. Several businesses have burned to the ground. The fire departments are almost powerless to fight fires in this weather.
Continue to pray for those who have suffered damage from this storm.

Update at 3:42 AM on Sept. 13:
The power has gone out. I’m posting on the laptop battery and the dial-up connection. Not sure how much more we will be able to do until power is restored. They have told us that power will not be worked on until the storm has passed.
Hope everyone has a good weekend.

Update at 4:38 PM on Sept. 13:
Phone service is restored, but the power is not back yet. We lost the lace bark elm in the front yard. It came down on the driveway. The van was in the garage and the “soft” branches, at the top of the tree, were all that could reach the car. It suffered a broken radio antenna and nothing else, despite the fact that it looked like it took a direct hit from the tree. God’s hand in that one.
Also, a man came by, saw the tree blocking the driveway and volunteered to cut it up for us. Half an hour later and the tree is now cut up and laying in the yard instead of blocking the drive.
We lost several sections of fence. They are now temporarily in place so that the dog cannot escape.
The roof did not leak and does not appear to be damaged too much.
Overall, we did very well. If the power will come back on, almost all of our problems will manageable.
Thanks for the thoughts and prayers. Please keep them coming.

Texas Needs Our Prayers

Friday, September 12th, 2008

We need to be in prayer for our brothers and sisters in Texas (which include this blog’s owner, Steve). Pray for their safety and that God would be glorified in the midst of the storm.

Massive Hurricane Ike bore down on Houston, Texas on Friday, forcing hundreds of thousands to flee and sparking a dire warning that those remaining in low-lying areas “face certain death.”
All neighborhoods and possibly entire coastal communities will be inundated during the period of peak storm tide,” the National Hurricane Center said late Thursday, referring to land along the Galveston Bay.

“Persons not heeding evacuation orders in single family one- or two-story homes will face certain death,” it said.

Galveston Bay stretches 25 miles (40 kilometers) inland towards Houston, whose suburbs reach the bay’s coast.

The hurricane, pushing a storm surge as high as 22 feet (6.5 meters), was expected to plow onto land late Friday or early Saturday with a direct hit on Galveston and metropolitan Houston, whose population tops 5.6 million.

Texas governor Rick Perry also issued an urgent appeal.

“My message to Texans in the projected impact area is this — finish your preparations because Ike is dangerous and he’s on his way,” Perry said.

Authorities in Harris County, whose jurisdiction encompasses Houston, said evacuations in the city’s most flood-prone areas — home to about a quarter million residents — began at 1700 GMT Thursday.

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