- Nov 14, 2004
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CNN Reports that some in Galveston are not taking the mandatory evacuation very seriously. I suggest that if you know anyone living along Texas coastal area you give them a call and make sure they get the hell out of there. They're talking 20-25' storm surge. The worst natural disaster in US history was the 1900 hurricane which struck Galveston and brought with it only a 15' storm surge.
All neighborhoods... and possibly entire coastal communities... will be inundated during high tide. Persons not heeding evacuation orders in single family one or two story homes will face certain death. Many residences of average construction directly on the coast will be destroyed. Widespread and devastating personal property damage is likely elsewhere. Vehicles left behind will likely be swept away. Numerous roads will be swamped... some may be washed away by the water. Entire flood prone coastal communities will be cutoff. Water levels may exceed 9 feet for more than a mile inland. Coastal residents in multi-story facilities risk being cutoff. Conditions will be worsened by battering waves. Such waves will exacerbate property damage... with massive destruction of homes... including those of block construction. Damage from beach erosion could take years to repair.