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Last Post Before Hurricane Ike Arrives In Houston/Galveston Area

This will be my last post before Hurricane Ike reaches the Houston/Galveston area. My wife and I live in Houston. The storm is expected to arrive in just a few hours. It’s unclear what conditions will be like after the hurricane. I don’t live in a flood area and I’m likely to be fine. Strong winds in the city of Houston are a cause for thought. But we will come out of it okay. 

As it stands currently , this storm is a very severe matter. Because of its erratic course, and because Houston has not had the recent experience New Orleans had of Hurricane Katrina, the national attention on Ike is coming only now.

It’s possible the path of the storm may change in the next few hours in a way that would minimize damage to the most populated portions of the Houston/Galveston area. Though I would not bet much on this prospect. The best scenario, that the storm shrink and weaken, is a hope we can also retain to the last moment. Yet again, the course and force of the storm appears largely set.   

Above is a picture of Galveston, Texas. You see how low-lying it is. A very strong storm surge is expected and the island may be fully undewater by this evening. I’ve visited Galveston at least every couple of months for the ten years I’ve lived in Houston. Galveston is a fifty mile drive to the south. I view Galveston as a home away from home. I hope that the city and the island are able to recover as quickly as possible. Here is some history of Galveston.

We have the things we need for an extended power outage. I think having no power for one or two weeks is our greatest concern. That this is what worries me most shows that we are fortunate. Many people living closer to the coast are going to lose their homes. Some people will be hurt and I suppose some will die. 

Let me take this chance to express my complete contempt for the idiocy of the ongoing Presidential campaign. Maybe the one advantage of not having power for a few days is that I’ll not have to hear about the campaign. You get a clear sense of how awful and dumb the campaign is when something as potentially bad as this hurricane is at your doorstep. A leading reason it is so bad is the constant lying by John McCain and his campaign. Stuff like allegations that Senator Obama supporting sex ed for small kids. We have more important concerns to discuss than deflecting these lies.

Just as a hurricane can be a life and death matter, so is politics in many respects. Issues of greater access to health insurance and climate change need to be addressed now. 

During the hurricane and in the days after, I’ll be reading What Hath God Wrought—The Transformation of America, 1815-1848 by Daniel Walker Howe. This book is the most recent Pulitzer Prize winner for history.

Good luck to everybody impacted by Hurricane Ike. I’ll post again after the storm has passed, and depending on when power is back up and running.

Thanks for reading Texas Liberal.

September 12, 2008 - Posted by | Books, Campaign 2008, Galveston, Houston, Politics, Texas | , , , , , , ,


  1. Stay safe!

    Comment by Newton | September 12, 2008

  2. Hunker down and be safe!

    Comment by Mark Greenberg | September 12, 2008

  3. Stay safe and our thoughts are with you and your family.
    Calgary, Alberta

    Comment by Debbie | September 13, 2008

  4. Take care… we are “hunkered down” in west Houston and hope to have a safe night as well. I’ll be thinking of you and yours.

    Comment by AmyEmilia | September 13, 2008

  5. Just spoke to Neil and his lovely wife and they are safe and without power hanging out with all their battery operated devices, glad you are both doing well. (and why did you stay? 🙂

    Comment by bill brady | September 13, 2008

  6. I’ve been thinking about you guys all day and it sounds like you’re staying down there. Thanks for taking the time to post today and for expressing your outrage over this campaign.
    It’s making me sick. Just when I thought “How did we make it through the Bush years?”, we’re now up against a worst case scenario. I’ve joined a group on facebook “1,000,000 strong against Sarah Palin”.
    please take care and do whatever you have to to stay safe,

    Comment by Shannon | September 13, 2008

  7. God be with you all

    Comment by terry | September 13, 2008

  8. God be with you all we will pray for everyone of you… Riverton Utah

    Comment by terry | September 13, 2008

  9. Been reading all the coastal TX blogs tonight. My best hopes go out for all. Sounds like Galveston’s already an aquarium and I hope the morning newscasts aren’t as grim as I suspect.

    Stay safe. The next 12 hours should see the worst past.

    Comment by Kevin Hayden | September 13, 2008

  10. Got Neil to text its like an act of god. they are doing fine.

    Comment by bill brady | September 13, 2008

  11. A weakened version of Ike is headed our way in the Dallas area. Looking forward to hearing from you after the power is back on, Neil.

    Comment by Judith | September 13, 2008

  12. Neil reports from the confluence of the White Oak and Buffalo Bayous in downtown Houston that the water is very high. Has seen lots of tree damage, a few metal roofs off.
    Has spotted a Walgreen’s sign that’s on, a convenience store that’s open, an occasional working streetlight.

    It’s still raining (about 1 p.m. in Houston) but some people are already out cleaning up debris.

    The best wife ever has reported to work.

    Comment by Newton | September 13, 2008

  13. Hi Neil. Rick and I out here in the desert of California are wishing the two of you the best. We’re looking forward to your next update. Laura Green

    Comment by Laura | September 14, 2008

  14. Hope you are okay. Let us know.

    Comment by Nita | September 14, 2008

  15. Glad to hear you’re OK, Neil. It’s great how the community around this blog is coming together to keep each other informed.

    Comment by Will | September 14, 2008

  16. Hey Neil,

    Hope you guys made it through the storm safely and with minimal disruption. Been out of touch for a while but looking forward to catching up when things get a little back to normal.


    Comment by DP | September 15, 2008

  17. Cynthia G Miller Dickinson; Tx Hurricane Ike


    looking for Cynthia G Miller
    Dickinson Tx 77539

    Mobile Home resident
    300-320 17th street
    Dickinson; Texas

    Please call to let us know your alright or not
    954-560-9713 , Tony

    Darlene is asking for you too.
    Let me know what I can do to help you.
    Please contact ** collect call okay **

    Comment by Anthony | September 15, 2008

  18. Thanks for all these nice comments. I don’t have the time to reply right now, but thank you all very much.

    Comment by Neil Aquino | September 16, 2008

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