Thanks to my Mom’s diligent news-watching, i realized tonight that Hurricane Ike swept right through Galveston, home to my best friend and his family. I’ve been scouring for news or information online while trying to reach them – I haven’t heard back yet. I really hope they’re OK.
I found this youtube video taken from a Coast Guard helicopter flying over Galveston:
I cut a few frames from it and tagged them:
Webcam from the Commodore at 37th on the Seawall, dated Friday the 12th, before the storm surge was supposed to land. Link to that spot on the map
Downtown shopping district known as “The Strand”. Link to approx location on the map
What is usually a pier in Galveston Harbor. The Starbucks we walked to is a block to the left of this. Link to this spot on the map
A shot I found here that I matched to one of my photos from July for comparison. Again, this is *before* the actual storm surge is supposed to hit sometime on the 13th.
An even closer-to-submerged shot of that same pier, which is here on the map, about six blocks west of the NOAA facility.
I’m going to quit looking for more pictures because there’s only really one piece of news that I care about… Clint, call me back.