Date registered: Sep 2004
Vehicle: 83 Astral Silver 280 SL
Location: Planet Houston
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RE: Hope this doesn't turn into another hurricane
The one to watch is the cloud formation in the middle of the Atlantic just off of Northern Brazil. It is tracking low enough over very warm waters to swing into the Gulf States. Watch it swing into Houston and smack those poor souls again. The ones that sneek through the gap between Cuba and the Yucatan are the ones that hit Houston and the Lake Charles, LA area. We are due for one, just like NOLA was. Those other ones are too far north to get into the Gulf. Those will occasionally strike New York and New England, in fact the second worst hurricane was in 1938, that struck Long Island and on to New England. Those are pretty rare, tho. I also think the storms north of Venezuela are of concern. Look how little dispersed cloud cover there is - that water has got to be getting nice and hot.
One interesting note - the Galveston Seawall, built in the 1900s, would not have been high enough to withstand Katrina. Galveston is another one of those towns that is a disaster waiting to happen due to geographic and over-development factors. The Seawall, if breached, would cause the same bowl-like effect as NOLA, actually aiding the flood waters in containment if water got around to the back side of it. Our worst-case scenario is one that strikes the Kemah area. The surge could cause Galveston Bay to run backwards up the Houston Ship Channel. This happens after Texas City is destroyed, where 70% of the world's gasoline is refined. If any of that happens, gas will be like gold, and much o Houston would become uninhabitable due to pesticide and petrochemical contamination of the waterways. It could even pollute the Gulf to the point sea life would be impossible for hundreds of miles out to sea. It could possibly be the greatest ecological disaster of all time.
I addition, Clear Creek, which isn't more than a foot or so above sea level for 10 miles, is surrounded by millions of people . It already causes local disasters when we have bad rains. An evacuation mistake like as happened in Katrina would kill unimaginable amounts of people.
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