A hurricane has formed in the Gulf of Mexico. It is bearing down on Galveston and forecasters are saying there’s a high chance the island and the cities behind it, will be in the path of the storm.
It’s time to evacuate.
Most people are aware of the basic dangers associated with a hurricane: high winds, tidal surges, tornadoes, torrential rain and inland flooding.
Galveston officials can easily recall the lead-up to Hurricane Rita, when a frenzy to evacuate the area left locals trapped among thousands in a barely moving line on Interstate 45.
Hurricane season, which lasts from June 1 to Nov. 30, has just about arrived to Galveston County, but it has been on the minds of the emergency management staff in Texas City for months.
Complacent people worry League City Emergency Management Coordinator Ryan Edghill. Worrying about their complacency keeps him up late at night. With so many new residents, he has a mission to convince people to be prepared for hurricanes.
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 thro…
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.
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.
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.…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A key to being properly prepared when a hurricane or tropical storm threatens is appreciating the risks for your specific location or residence.
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.
A hurricane can be traumatic for anyone, but two particularly susceptible groups encountering trouble with evacuations and recovery are the youngest and oldest residents.
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.
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.
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.
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.