Into the Eye of Ike

Hundreds of thousands of persons are again being evacuated as Ike roars toward the gulf coast. You may recall that Galveston, Texas in the year 1900 was struck by a hurricane that has been called the greatest natural disaster in the United States.

It is estimated that this unnamed storm boasted winds of 135 miles an hour, making it a cat 4 storm. Between 6,000 and 12,000 persons were killed.

Citizen Airmen of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron, charged
with flying directly into the eye of nature’s most powerful storms,
continue around-the-clock flights into Ike giving forecasters at the
NHC the best possible data.

Picture from

9/10/2008 – KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. — Barreling toward the Texas Coast, Hurricane Ike is regaining strength as officials along the Texas coast began evacuations of the first of millions of residents in the forecast path of the storm.

Warm Gulf waters contributed to renewed strength for Hurricane Ike after it passed over Cuba during the night. Hurricane Hunters were in the storm pinpointing the center and sending flight-level and surface-level readings back to the National Hurricane Center via satellite.

Hurricane Ike, now a Category 2 on the Safir-Simpson Scale, is a large tropical cyclone and is expected to intensify before making landfall Saturday morning. Already the storm has killed 80 people in the Caribbean and took a significant toll on parts of Cuba, especially areas previously affected by Hurricane Gustav. At this time the storm has hurricane force winds extending outward up to 80 miles from the center and tropical storm force winds extending to 205 miles, according to the NHC.

The latest reports from the Hurricane Hunters show the storm is strengthening with the minimum central pressure dropping and surface winds increasing.

Residents in the projected path and near those regions are urged to pay close attention to government and news sources in their areas for critical watches and warnings.

From 403rd Wing Public Affairs

My friends in the Gulf Coast States–be safe. Evacuate when you’re told, please. If you’re able to communicate, I’d like to hear from you.


My devotional blog is here.

11 thoughts on “Into the Eye of Ike

  1. Saturday afternoon:

    My husband’s two sisters who live in northern Lousiana are fine–no damage at all.

    His nephew who lives in Livingston, Texas is also well. However, they have no electricity and a tree limb crashed across their church fellowship hall, tearing a hole in it. The hall is flooded.

    We’re thankful no one was hurt.

    Hope everyone else is well.


  2. Nita

    Everything is O.K. here. Just waiting to see if the wind picks up. Will be mostly concerned about tornados. It does have that icky hurricane feeling.


  3. Jerry spoke with one of his nephews today who lives a little north of Houston (Livingston, I think.) He is boarding up and staying unless mandatory evacuation is ordered.

    We have friends who pastor in Highlands, TX, who are very worried, but are staying. The town across the freeway has been ordered evacuated.

    They have boarded up both the house and the church, and have felled three trees which could have fallen on power lines. Their church is a refuge for some who have left their homes.

    We are praying for everyone in the path of this storm, which is reputed to be extremely dangerous.


  4. I have two sisters in Houston area. Both are staying. Both have health issues and did not want to chance the traffic. Let us pray for all in these areas. I am on the Louisiana Gulf Coast. I have opened my dress shop today to no avail. There simply is noone thinking of anything but preparations for possibly high winds and flooding. I join in praying for safety for all.

    Nita, we’re praying here. How is it looking where you are?


  5. These storms, as of late, are really getting vicious! I pray for safety for all within the danger zones.

    P.S. I have posted something from Washington Post that I would like for you to read and join my fight.

    Jana, I’ll be over.


  6. renaissanceguy

    My niece has gotten safely out of the area with her husband and baby.

    My sister-in-law and her husband boarded up the windows and are set to stay.

    My nephew is in the National Guard and expects to be put to work.


  7. dean

    We are “SHELTERING IN PLACE”. With kids, g-kids, food water electricity. Trusting and Believing. No 16 hrs on interstate for me.I pray for safety for all the gulf coast readers of this blog!


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