GALVESTON – MOST RECENT NHC WEATHER STATEMENT – TIME SENSITIVE

LETS HOPE IT STILL LOOKS LIKE THIS AFTER IKE IS GONE!

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HERE ARE LINKS TO TWO REPORT ON

MOODY GARDENS AFTER IKE:

http://www.2theadvocate.com/entertainment/travel/vacation/43633272.html

http://www.beloblog.com/KHOU_newgirl/2008/10/my-penguin-friends-at-moody-ga.html

What follows is the complete 8:19 PM Central Daylight Time statement from the Galveston Office of the National Hurricane Center.  This was for immediate broadcast.  It is very long.  I am posting the entire statement for the benefit of those who know details of the following areas from having lived there or having family and/or friends there.  This addresses the following counties:  BRAZORIA-CHAMBERS-GALVESTON-HARRIS-JACKSON-LIBERTY-MATAGORDA.

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BRAZORIA-CHAMBERS-GALVESTON-HARRIS-JACKSON-LIBERTY-MATAGORDA-

819 PM CDT THU SEP 11 2008

…HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT…

…NEW INFORMATION…

URGENT – IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
HURRICANE IKE LOCAL STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HOUSTON/GALVESTON TX
819 PM CDT THU SEP 11 2008

…IKE CONTINUES TO MOVE TOWARD SOUTHEAST TEXAS AT 12 MPH…

.AT 700 PM CDT THE CENTER OF HURRICANE IKE WAS LOCATED
NEAR LATITUDE 26.2 NORTH AND LONGITUDE 89.9 WEST OR ABOUT
ABOUT 370 MILES SOUTHEAST OF GALVESTON TEXAS.

IKE IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 12 MPH AND THIS
MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS WITH A
TURN TO THE NORTHWEST EXPECTED LATE FRIDAY.  ON THIS FORECAST
TRACK THE CENTER OF IKE WILL BE VERY NEAR THE UPPER TEXAS
COAST BY LATE FRIDAY.  BECAUSE IKE IS A VERY LARGE TROPICAL
CYCLONE THE WEATHER WILL DETERIORATE ALONG THE COASTLINE LONG
BEFORE THE CENTER REACHES THE COAST.

DATA FROM BOTH NOAA AND AIR FORCE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT
INDICATE THAT MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS REMAIN NEAR 100 MPH
WITH HIGHER GUSTS.  IKE IS A CATEGORY TWO HURRICANE
ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON SCALE BUT MAY BECOME A MAJOR HURRICANE
PRIOR TO REACHING THE COASTLINE.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 115 MILES FROM THE
CENTER AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 275
MILES.

THE LATEST MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE MEASURED BY THE AIR FORCE
HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT HAD RISEN TO 954 MB OR 28.17 INCHES
OF MERCURY.

…AREAS AFFECTED…

THIS STATEMENT RECOMMENDS ACTIONS TO BE TAKEN BY PERSONS IN THE

FOLLOWING COUNTIES OR MARINE AREAS:

BRAZORIA…CHAMBERS…GALVESTON…HARRIS…JACKSON…LIBERTY…

MATAGORDA.

…WATCHES/WARNINGS…

NO ADDITIONAL HAZARDS ARE IN EFFECT.

…PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

CURRENT EVACUATION INFORMATION:

BRAZORIA COUNTY:

MANDATORY EVACUATIONS HAVE BEEN ORDERED FOR THE ENTIRE COUNTY

WITH THE EXCEPTION OF THE CITIES OF PEARLAND…ALVIN…MANVEL…

AND ANGLETON.

RESIDENTS IN THE COASTAL AREAS AND THOSE REQUIRING TRANSPORTATION

FROM BRAZORIA COUNTY TO BELL COUNTY MUST RUSH THEIR PREPARATIONS

TO COMPLETION BY 10 AM TODAY.

CHAMBERS COUNTY:

A MANDATORY EVACUATION HAS BEEN ORDERED FOR THE ENTIRE COUNTY

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY.

GALVESTON COUNTY:

A MANDATORY EVACUATION HAS BEEN ORDERED FOR ALL OF GALVESTON

ISLAND. THIS ORDER GOES INTO EFFECT AT NOON TODAY.

A MANDATORY EVACUATION IS IN EFFECT FOR BOLIVAR PENINSULA…

OMEGA BAY…SAN LEON…BACLIFF…FREDDIESVILLE…TIKI ISLAND…

KEMAH…AND CLEAR LAKE SHORES. THE MANDATORY EVACUATION OF CLEAR

LAKE SHORES BEGINS AT 2 PM.

SPECIAL NEEDS EVACUATION IS ALSO TAKING PLACE.

BUSES ARE AVAILABLE FOR FOR CITIZENS THAT NEED ASSISTANCE WITH

EVACUATIONS. BUSES ARE AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING PICKUP POINTS:

BACLIFF COMMUNITY CENTER: 4500 10TH STREET…BACLIFF…77518

DICKINSON COMMUNITY CENTER: 2417 HWY 3…DICKINSON…77539

HITCHCOCK LIBRARY…8005 BARRY AVENUE…HITCHCOCK…77563

CRYSTAL BEACH ANNEX…941 NOBLE CARL DRIVE…CRYSTAL BEACH…

77650

CITIZENS SHOULD ALSO CONSIDER EVACUATING IF THEY LIVE IN AREAS

SUBJECT TO FLOODING OR IN MOBILE HOMES. IF YOU DECIDE TO

EVACUATE…PLEASE REMEMBER TO PACK YOUR DISASTER KIT AND

IMPORTANT PAPERS.

THE GALVESTON-BOLIVAR FERRY WILL CEASE OPERATIONS AT 11 PM

TONIGHT.

SCHOOL CLOSINGS…THE FOLLOWING SCHOOL DISTRICTS WILL BE CLOSED

THROUGH FRIDAY…HIGH ISLAND…HITCHCOCK…SANTA FE…CLEAR

CREEK…FRIENDSWOOD…GALVESTON AND DICKINSON. THE FOLLOWING

DISTRICTS WILL BE CLOSED ON FRIDAY…LA MARQUE AND TEXAS CITY.

THE BOLIVAR S.U.D. HAS INDICATED THEY WILL CEASE WATER SERVICE TO

THE PENINSULA AT 5 PM TODAY.

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS MEDICAL BRANCH HOSPITAL IN GALVESTON MAY

BEGIN A COMPLETE EVACUATION OF THE HOSPITAL FACILITIES THIS

MORNING. THE EMERGENCY ROOM WILL STAY OPEN.

HARRIS COUNTY:

A MANDATORY EVACUATION HAS BEEN ORDERED FOR ZIP CODE 77507 IN THE

PASADENA AREA.

A MANDATORY EVACUATION HAS BEEN ORDERED FOR THE FOLLOWING ZIP

CODES…77058…77059…77062…77520…77546…77571…77586…

AND 77598.

PERSONS THROUGHOUT HARRIS COUNTY THAT LIVE IN MOBILE HOMES OR

HIGH RISES SHOULD CONSIDER EVACUATING DUE TO THE HIGH THREAT OF

DAMAGING WINDS.

FOR HARRIS COUNTY GOVERNMENT WORKERS…ESSENTIAL WORKERS ONLY

REPORT ON FRIDAY.

FOR RESIDENTS IN THE MANDATORY EVACUATION ZIP ZONES WHO HAVE

SPECIAL NEEDS AND ARE NOT REGISTERED…PLEASE CALL 311.

THERE WILL BE NO TRASH SERVICE ON FRIDAY DUE TO THE EXPECTED

HIGH WINDS.

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES IS SUSPENDING FLIGHTS INTO AND OUT OF HOBBY

AIRPORT BEGINNING AT 9 AM FRIDAY.

JACKSON COUNTY:

A MANDATORY EVACUATION HAS BEEN ORDERED FOR THE ENTIRE COUNTY.

SCHOOLS WILL BE CLOSED TODAY AND FRIDAY.

MATAGORDA COUNTY:

A MANDATORY EVACUATION HAS BEEN ORDERED FOR PEOPLE WHO LIVE AND

WORK SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 35. THIS MANDATORY EVACUATION INCLUDES THE

COMMUNITIES OF PALACIOS…ASHBY-BUCKEYE…EL MATON…

COLLEGEPORT…MATAGORDA…WADSWORTH…SARGENT…CEDAR LANE…

CHINQUAPIN…TRES PALACIOS OAKS…AND TIDEWATER OAKS. BLESSING

IS ALSO INCLUDED IN THE MANDATORY EVACUATION EVEN THOUGH IT IS

NORTH OF HIGHWAY 35.

THESE EVACUATIONS MUST BE COMPLETED BY 6 PM TODAY.

MATAGORDA COUNTY OFFICIALS ARE RECOMMENDING A VOLUNTARY

EVACUATION OF RESIDENTS NORTH OF HIGHWAY 35 AND IN BAY CITY AND

VAN VLECK FOR THOSE LIVING IN LOW LYING AREAS AND MANUFACTURED

HOMES THAT ARE NOT PROPERLY TIED DOWN.

IT IS RECOMMENDED YOU EVACUATE WITH YOUR PETS. BE SURE TO TAKE A

PET CARRIER…LEASH…VACCINATION RECORDS…AND FOOD FOR YOUR

PET. IF YOU EVACUATE TO A SHELTER…YOUR PETS WILL BE BOARDED AT

A SEPARATE FACILITY.

BE SURE TO START YOUR EVACUATION WITH A FULL TANK OF GAS.

IF YOU HAVE NO MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION OR CANNOT FIND ANYONE TO

HELP YOU EVACUATE AND NEED ASSISTANCE…YOU CAN CONTACT

979-245-3056 OR 979-244-5318. YOU SHOULD COME TO THE BAY CITY

SERVICE CENTER OR KC HALL IN PALACIOS.

RESIDENTS OF MATAGORDA COUNTY WHO NEED SHELTER CAN EVACUATE TO

THE SHELTER HUB IN AUSTIN. SIGNS IN AUSTIN WILL DIRECT EVACUEES

TO OPEN SHELTERS.

ALL SCHOOLS IN MATAGORDA COUNTY WILL BE CLOSED TODAY AND FRIDAY.

PALACIOS SCHOOL DISTRICT WILL ALSO BE CLOSED ON MONDAY SEPTEMBER

15TH.

…STORM SURGE AND STORM TIDE…

TIDE LEVELS WILL BEGIN RISING FRIDAY MORNING AND WILL EXCEED

5 FEET ABOVE MEAN LOWER LOW WATER ALONG THE UPPER TEXAS COAST AND

ALONG THE SHORELINES OF THE BAYS BY MID TO LATE MORNING FRIDAY.

WATER LEVELS WILL RISE RAPIDLY BEGINNING LATE AFTERNOON FRIDAY AS

THE STORM SURGE MOVES IN WITH WATER LEVELS PEAKING FRIDAY NIGHT

AND EARLY SATURDAY. MAXIMUM STORM TIDE LEVELS ARE HIGHLY

DEPENDENT

ON THE TRACK OF THE STORM AND VARIATIONS IN THE TRACK OF ONLY 15

MILES CAN MAKE DIFFERENCES OF SEVERAL FEET MORE OR LESS FROM SOME

OF THESE VALUES.

MAXIMUM WATER LEVELS FORECAST:

GULF-FACING COASTLINE WEST OF SARGENT…5 TO 8 FEET

SHORELINE OF MATAGORDA BAY…5 TO 8 FEET

GULF-FACING COASTLINE SARGENT TO HIGH ISLAND

INCLUDING GALVESTON ISLAND……12 TO 16 FEET

SHORELINE OF GALVESTON BAY…15 TO 22 FEET

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 WILL 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. 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.

HIGH TIDE TIMES:

MORGANS POINT…

FRI  2:52 PM.

SAT  2:59 PM.

CLEAR LAKE ENTRANCE…

FRI 10:36 AM.

SAT 10:43 AM.

EAGLE POINT…

FRI  8:25 AM.

SAT  8:32 AM.

PORT BOLIVAR…

FRI  4:45 AM.

FRI  1:52 PM.

SAT  4:52 AM.

SAT  3:00 PM.

GALVESTON CHANNEL…

FRI  4:31 AM.

FRI  1:38 PM.

SAT  4:38 AM.

SAT  2:46 PM.

GALVESTON PLEASURE PIER…

FRI  3:25 AM.

FRI 12:32 PM.

SAT  3:32 AM.

SAT  1:40 PM.

JAMAICA BEACH…

FRI  7:09 AM.

FRI  4:16 PM.

SAT  7:16 AM.

SAT  5:24 PM.

SAN LUIS PASS…

FRI  4:22 AM.

FRI  1:29 PM.

SAT  4:29 AM.

SAT  2:37 PM.

FREEPORT…

FRI  3:47 AM.

FRI 12:54 PM.

SAT  3:54 AM.

SAT  2:02 PM.

PORT O CONNOR…

FRI 10:15 AM.

SAT  2:01 PM.

NOTE…TIDE LEVELS ARE REFERENCED FROM THE MEAN LOWER LOW WATER.

…WINDS…

PERSONS WHO HAVE NOT EVACUATED SHOULD PLAN TO SHELTER IN PLACE IN

A WELL BUILT STRUCTURE DURING THE PERIOD OF TROPICAL STORM FORCE

WINDS. IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT PERSONS WHO LIVE IN MOBILE HOMES OR

POORLY-BUILT STRUCTURES SHOULD EVACUATE TO A SAFER LOCATION SUCH

AS A WELL BUILT HOME. PERSONS WHO LIVE IN HIGH RISES SHOULD

CONSIDER EVACUATING AS WINDS CAN BE STRONGER AT THE TOP OF A HIGH

RISE THAN AT GROUND LEVEL.

TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS IN EXCESS OF 39 MPH ARE EXPECTED TO

REACH THE COASTAL COUNTIES LATE MORNING FRIDAY…AND SPREAD

INLAND TO THE HOUSTON AREA MID AFTERNOON FRIDAY. WINDS OF AT

LEAST TROPICAL STORM FORCE WILL THEN POSSIBLY LAST ABOUT

24 HOURS.

DEPENDING ON THE EVENTUAL TRACK AND STRENGTH OF IKE…HURRICANE

FORCE WINDS WILL REACH THE COASTAL COUNTIES LATE EVENING ON

FRIDAY…

AND THE HOUSTON METRO AREA AROUND MIDNIGHT FRIDAY NIGHT.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS MAY LAST FOR UP TO 8 TO 12 HOURS.

PEAK WIND GUSTS OF 100 TO 115 MPH WILL BE POSSIBLE ACROSS

HARRIS…LIBERTY…BRAZORIA…GALVESTON…AND CHAMBERS COUNTIES.

WIND SPEEDS IN EXCESS OF 115 MPH WILL BE POSSIBLE NEAR WHERE THE

CENTER OF THE STORM COMES ONSHORE.

VERY DANGEROUS WINDS WILL PRODUCE WIDESPREAD DAMAGE AND

DESTRUCTION OF MOBILE HOMES IS LIKELY.

STRUCTURAL DAMAGE WILL INCLUDE THE MAJORITY OF MOBILE HOMES BEING

SEVERELY DAMAGED. THOSE THAT SURVIVE WILL BE UNINHABITABLE UNTIL

REPAIRED. HOUSES OF POOR TO AVERAGE CONSTRUCTION WILL HAVE MAJOR

DAMAGE…INCLUDING PARTIAL WALL COLLAPSE AND ROOFS BEING LIFTED

OFF. MANY WILL BE UNINHABITABLE. WELL CONSTRUCTED HOUSES WILL

INCUR MINOR DAMAGE TO SHINGLES…SIDING…GUTTERS…AS WELL AS

BLOWN OUT WINDOWS. UP TO ONE QUARTER OF GABLED ROOFS WILL FAIL.

PARTIAL ROOF FAILURE IS EXPECTED AT INDUSTRIAL PARKS…ESPECIALLY

TO THOSE BUILDINGS WITH LIGHT WEIGHT STEEL AND ALUMINUM

COVERINGS. OLDER LOW RISING APARTMENT ROOFS MAY ALSO BE TORN

OFF…AS WELL AS RECEIVING SIDING AND SHINGLE DAMAGE. UP TO ONE

QUARTER OF ALL GLASS IN HIGH RISE OFFICE BUILDINGS WILL BE BLOWN

OUT. AIRBORNE DEBRIS WILL CAUSE DAMAGE…INJURY…AND POSSIBLE

FATALITIES.

NATURAL DAMAGE WILL INCLUDE ALL TREES WITH ROTTING BASES BECOMING

UPROOTED OR SNAPPED. NEARLY ALL LARGE BRANCHES WILL SNAP. BETWEEN

ONE QUARTER AND ONE HALF OF HEALTHY SMALL TO MEDIUM SIZED TREES

WILL BE SNAPPED OR UPROOTED…MOST COMMON WHERE THE GROUND IS

SATURATED. UP TO THREE QUARTERS OF NEWLY PLANTED GROUND CROPS

WILL BE DAMAGED.

…INLAND FLOODING…

WIDESPREAD RAINFALL OF 2 TO 4 INCHES WITH ISOLATED TOTALS OF 6 TO

10 INCHES WILL BE POSSIBLE FRIDAY THROUGH SATURDAY. SIGNIFICANT

FLOODING WILL BE POSSIBLE IN AREAS OF HEAVIEST RAINFALL.

…TORNADOES…

THE THREAT FOR TORNADOES WILL INCREASE RAPIDLY BEGINNING LATE

FRIDAY AND CONTINUE THROUGH LATE SATURDAY AS IKE MOVES ONSHORE.

YOU SHOULD PLAN TO SEEK SHELTER IN AN INTERIOR ROOM ON THE LOWEST

FLOOR AWAY FROM WINDOWS.

…NEXT UPDATE…

THIS STATEMENT WILL BE UPDATED AROUND 11 PM (CDT).

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