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The Galveston County Daily News: Hurricane Season

May 29, 2016

Hurricane Season


Hurricane Ike as seen by the crew of the International Space Station on Sept. 10, 2008. The storm made landfall east of Galveston as a Category 2 hurricane on Sept. 13.
The Official Hurricane Guide for Galveston County
Friday 05/27/2016
It's time to make a hurricane plan
Posted: May 27, 2016

The official start of the Atlantic hurricane season is June 1.

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As Ike's terror fades, officials fear complacency
Posted: May 27, 2016

While June 1 brings another hurricane season, Galveston County still carries scars left by the storms of the past. Some — shrunken coastlines, empty spaces where beach houses once stood — are plainly visible, even years later. Others are visions only in the memories of those who made it through previous storms.

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How hurricanes form, this season's forecast
Posted: May 27, 2016

The 1900 Storm and Hurricane Ike in 2008 both formed hundreds of miles away near the Cape Verde islands of West Africa. Traveling more than 4,000 miles, the storms gathered momentum before pounding the Texas coast.

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Weather forecast models have come a long way
Posted: May 27, 2016

We have all seen them. A heavy rain event looms, and weather forecasters discuss how much precipitation is anticipated by various forecast models. A hurricane is approaching the Gulf of Mexico, and there is talk of where various models suggest the storm may head.

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The deadliest and costliest hurricanes in U.S. history
Posted: May 27, 2016

For many residents, memories of the destruction during Hurricane Ike in 2008 remain. But sociologists estimate people only remember the worst effects of a hurricane for about seven years, according to the National Weather Service. Here’s a list of the deadliest and costliest hurricanes in U.S. history.

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Complacency: A major barrier to storm preparedness
Posted: May 27, 2016

A few years before Hurricane Ike brought its devastating surge, I was talking to a sales clerk on The Strand. The young man, who had recently moved to the island, stated that he could hardly wait to experience a hurricane.

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County, cities provide wealth of hurricane information
Posted: May 27, 2016

Your own city government is one of the best places to get information.

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Preparation key for those who need assistance with hurricane evacuation
Posted: May 27, 2016

As hurricane season approaches, preparing for evacuation remains vital for all in the gulf region, but especially for those in need of assistance such as seniors and those with disabilities.

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Being financially prepared for a hurricane
Posted: May 27, 2016

A major hurricane can cause a lot of pain and damage, and part of being ready to recover is to have your finances in order.

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Hurricane preparedness for your car
Posted: May 27, 2016

When inclement weather strikes, your automobile can be an important tool for survival.

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Keep a first-aid kit at home and in car
Updated: May 27, 2016 - 10:51 am

Although medical care was available on the island after Hurricane Ike, it was hard to get to.

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Make a printed list of contacts
Updated: May 27, 2016 - 10:51 am

Cell phones have made personal phone books obsolete.

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Evacuation planning for your pets
Updated: May 27, 2016 - 10:51 am

If the need arises for people to evacuate, there is an equal need for your pets to go with you.

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Power inverter keeps you charged
Updated: May 27, 2016 - 10:51 am

Staying connected on the road means having to charge phone and laptop computer batteries, and one simple device can keep you in the loop.

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Make your own power
Updated: May 27, 2016 - 10:51 am

If you’re going to stay for a hurricane, you’ll need to be prepared for weeks of sweltering humidity without electricity, so having a reliable generator can help you stay cool, calm and connected.

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Stay connected with The Daily News
Posted: May 27, 2016

One of the most important items needed to survive and recover from a hurricane is information.

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Keep water on hand with plastic bathtub bladders
Updated: May 27, 2016 - 10:51 am

Sometime about Sept. 14, 2008, a lot of people who’d stayed for Hurricane Ike made a depressing discovery: All the emergency water they’d run into their bathtubs had leaked out.

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Debris-strewn roads no problem
Updated: May 27, 2016 - 10:51 am

In the aftermath of Hurricane Ike, even people in Jeeps with snorkel kits attached were driving around on four weak links — the tires.

 

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CDC offers tips to stay healthy after a hurricane
Updated: May 27, 2016 - 10:51 am

Even after the storm passes, the risks of getting sick or injured remain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offer these tips to remain safe.

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Stay safe and sanitary when systems are out
Updated: May 27, 2016 - 10:51 am

Health officials declared Galveston unsafe after Hurricane Ike knocked out the city’s water and sewer systems.

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Catastrophe casual: Storms spin new clothing style
Updated: May 27, 2016 - 10:51 am

It’s necessary to have the right clothing to get you through the oppressively muggy days after a storm, when power is out and cool breezes are scarce.

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Medical experts offer advice on how to deal with mold
Updated: May 27, 2016 - 10:51 am

Mold, contaminated soil, infections and respiratory ills may lie in wait after a hurricane, physicians say.

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How To Handle Your Subscription During An Evacuation
Posted: May 27, 2016

• During a mandatory evacuation, all deliveries will be halted. It is not necessary to call to stop your newspaper delivery. 

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Thursday 05/28/2015
It’s time to make your getaway plan
Posted: May 28, 2015

Anyone who has been through a hurricane or two will tell you one of the most important things you can do is have an evacuation plan.

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Planners worry as memories of Ike’s wrath fade
Posted: May 28, 2015

As time passes since Hurricane Ike pummeled Galveston County in 2008, emergency response officials worry longtime residents are becoming complacent and an influx of newcomers may not be prepared for the upcoming storm season.

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Modern technology allows for better storm forecasting
Posted: May 28, 2015

Forecasting storms still can be tricky, but the margin of error has dropped dramatically, and the advanced warning for residents along the coast has improved.

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Three things you really need to know when a hurricane threatens
Posted: May 28, 2015

A key to being properly prepared when a hurricane or tropical storm threatens is appreciating the risks for your specific location or residence.

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New TWIA committed to providing prompt, fair service
Posted: May 28, 2015

John Polak, general manager of the Texas Windstorm Insurance Association shares information on the transformation that has taken place at TWIA over the last several years.

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Ready, set, go
Posted: May 28, 2015

Hurricane information by city.

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Preparing kids, elderly for a disaster
Posted: May 28, 2015

A hurricane can be traumatic for anyone, but two particularly susceptible groups encountering trouble with evacuations and recovery are the youngest and oldest residents.

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Returning home after a hurricane
Posted: May 28, 2015

Part of the challenge that emergency officials face after a storm is deciding when to allow residents who have evacuated to come back.

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Thursday 05/29/2014
As time since Ike passes, city focuses on preparedness
Updated: June 02, 2015 - 10:20 am

GALVESTON — Charlie Kelly was in Galveston during Hurricane Ike. But now, almost six years after the storm made landfall and devastated much of the island, he knows that he’s part of a shrinking group. 

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Wednesday 05/28/2014
Hurricane drill tests local emergency teams
Updated: June 02, 2015 - 10:20 am

LEAGUE CITY — An angry red storm dominated the many HD monitors Wednesday at Galveston County’s Emergency Operations Center, just west of Wal-Mart, on FM 646 in League City.

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Friday 05/16/2014
Experts caution locals about hurricanes
Updated: June 02, 2015 - 10:20 am

STAFFORD — The first recorded hurricane warning in history was ignored at great cost. This historical incident established a pattern — one that persists to this day, former National Hurricane Center chief Bill Read said.

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Friday 05/02/2014
Today in History for May 2, 2014
Posted: May 02, 2014

From the archives of The Daily News for May 2:

 

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Monday 06/03/2013
Expert: Ike damage could have been much worse
Updated: June 02, 2015 - 10:20 am

WEBSTER — As bad as Hurricane Ike was, hurricane expert Bill Read believes it could have been worse. Much worse.

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Saturday 06/01/2013
It's time to make a plan
Posted: June 01, 2013

Take it from people who’ve been through hurricane season: The single most important thing you can do is to get your family together and make a plan.

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Tuesday 05/28/2013
County’s EOC gets ready for hurricanes
Updated: May 28, 2013 - 5:08 pm

While not every scenario that could come with another major hurricane striking Galveston County can be drilled, having the infrastructure and communications plan in place are key to be prepared for whatever comes this way.

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Tips to prepare your family for a disaster
Updated: May 28, 2013 - 4:59 pm

Emergency management officials offer these tips for preparing for storm season.

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Galveston offers tips to get ready for hurricane season
Updated: May 28, 2013 - 4:48 pm

Hurricanes are the most powerful storms on Earth because of their size and potential for destruction.  

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If an evacuation is called
Posted: May 28, 2013

 Some tips in case you need to evacuate your home for a storm.

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Are you prepared for the Tropical Terrorist?
Posted: May 28, 2013

Ask yourself seriously: Are you really prepared right now, this minute, if a tropical cyclone formed about 300 miles off our Texas Coast and was forecast to make landfall here in Galveston County within 30 hours or so? 

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Stock up your pantry with plenty of food and water
Posted: May 28, 2013

To avoid eating all of your meals out of hermetically sealed plastic pouches, stock your storm pantry.

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Seven ways to protect your home
Updated: May 28, 2013 - 4:11 pm

Structural upgrades to older homes can protect against hurricane destruction and prevent the most common types of windstorm damage, experts say.

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