In a first of its kind public advisory, the National Weather Service has warned residents, choosing to stay back in some of the Galveston Bay coastal communities, that they will face a ‘certain death’ when Hurricane Ike makes landfall this weekend. Storm surges along the Galveston bay coast are expected to range between 15 and 22 feet and will for sure inundate and flood all coastal areas. This advisory specifically warned
“All neighborhoods and possibly entire coastal communities will be inundated during the period of peak storm tide,” the National Hurricane Centre said in a statement.
“Persons not heeding evacuation orders in single family one or two-storey homes will face certain death.”
Hurricane Ike is expected to make landfall as a category 3 hurricane with wind speeds ranging from 100 – 125 miles per hour. But the biggest worry is that Ike has grown into a monster that is 700 miles wide. A hurricane that wide and big will bring huge amounts of water with surging winds to the coastal areas.
Here is text from the public advisory warning about the storm surge hazard :
Coastal storm surge flooding of up to 20 feet above normal tide
levels…along with large and dangerous battering waves…can be
expected near and to the east of where the center of Ike makes
landfall…extending a greater than usual distance from the center
due to the large size of the cyclone. Surge flooding of up
to 25 feet could occur at the heads of bays. Coastal storm surge
flooding of 6 to 8 feet above normal tide levels…along with large
and dangerous waves…can be expected within the Tropical Storm
Warning area along the northern Gulf Coast. Above normal tides in
the eastern Gulf of Mexico should gradually subside over the next
day or so.