Posted by: Peter Black | September 8, 2008

Ike's current trajectory: threatening Galveston.

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Hurricane Ike is in the Gulf of Mexico after smashing Cuba, is likely to become a category 3 hurricane, and is headed towards the Texas coast. With all that in mind, I found the Texas storm surge risk data, and made the map above.


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  1. In 1915 the Galveston Hurricane was a deadly hurricane that struck Leeward Islands, Hispanola, Cuba and Texas, in August of the 1915 Atlantic hurricane season. It was the second hurricane to strike Galveston, Texas since the 1900 Galveston Hurricane, 15 years earlier. The 1915 storm, caused a great deal of destruction in its path, leaving 275-400 people dead and $50 million dollars (1915 USD, $921 million 2005 USD) in damage.
    Why would people continue to build and build in an area that is obviously prone to devastation by hurricanes. Is it because FEMA will rebuild the homes? Don’t count on that!!

  2. Well galveston looks to be out of the crosshairs for now. Corpus looks to be directly in its sights.


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