Thursday, September 25, 2008
Hurricane Ike

I am still surprised when I see the images of the destruction Hurricane Ike left behind in the Texas Gulf Coast.

I still gasp when I see the debris-littered beach in Galveston that was the playground of my youth. I used to live in Houston — and Galveston was the beach we frequented every summer.

I went back to Galveston for vacation this past June. We stayed at a friend’s beach house in West Galveston. Just yesterday they were allowed in to see their property — or what is left of it -- for the first time. I still haven’t heard back from them, so I don’t know what they found …

The city had grown since the last time I was there. It was nice to share with my children and my husband a place from my childhood. My childhood companions were also there … my cousins. Now also all grown up with children and spouses of their own.

While in Galveston I also shot a story on the Galveston Hurricane of 1900. (You will see that report in this month’s Weather Effects.)

While Ike was hitting Texas, I felt very connected to the story. It is after all a place I know well.
Hurricanes, typhoons or tropical cyclones — whatever you call them — affect millions of people each year. Those in the path wrestle with the uncertainty of the outcome. How bad will the storm be? Will my house be okay? Will my life be in danger?

In this month’s show we take a closer look at tropical cyclones. How they are forecast and when to evacuate. We also show you a home that is built to survive a major storm, and show you pictures taken by a storm chaser. And of course, a look at Galveston and the Hurricane of 1900.

-- From weather anchor, Mari Ramos

I just saw this month's show a little while ago and it was amazing to see some of the shots of Galveston before the storm and how they look today. Good Job CNN weather team!
P.S. where can I get one of those red jackets?
I loved the segment with Storm Photographer Mike Theiss. I have been watching his work for years and occasionally have seen him on some National Geographic and Discovery Channel shows but overall his work seems to go under the radar screen. His websites at Ultimate Chase and Extreme Nature are AMAZING! It was nice to see CNN recognized his work. I have learned allot from watching his videos and after Hurricane Katrina if could not image what it must have looked like during the storm surge event in Mississippi but he was there to capture it and I think taught a lot of people WHY it’s so important to evacuate and leave the coastlines. I emailed him last year to help teach my son about storms and he emailed me back immediately and was willing to share his knowledge and expertise. Not my son Andrew want to be a Hurricane forecaster and looks up to Mike as a hero. It’s nice to see kids looking up to someone whom is for the good of the planet and is trying to teach and educate rather than looking up to some bimbo like Brittney Spears who is all about partying and setting bad examples. Kudos to CNN and Mike Theiss from Extreme Nature Photography !!!
I agree... The story with Mike Theiss really opened my eyes. Those photographs really made me stop and think about what an amazing planet we live on. I just went to his website and am speechless from the photos i discovered on his site. I just had to email him and let him know how appriciated he is. His work must be dangerous but just like a war reporter for CNN who takes risks to expose the story Mike takes risks to expose an even bigger story that can wipe out the entire human race, GLOBAL WARMING ! Thanks CNN for opening my eyes to such a wonderful website as Extreme Nature Photography. I have always appriciated Anderson Cooper for exposing the planet in peril series and now i have to say i equally appriciate Mike Theiss for exposing the extreme events that take place on this planet and the possibilty of this increasing with Global Warming, Thanks Mike Theiss and CNN Television...
I am sorry I missed this show. We just got back our power after Ike. Galveston was certainly hit, but Bolivar was destroyed. Whole towns were wiped off the face of the earth and hundreds of people are still missing. Thousands do not have power and FEMA was again a disaster unto itself, but the national media disappeared shortly after the storm. No Senators to yell at I guess.

Come back again in a year Mari, and show 'em how us Texans do it on our own.
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