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

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