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If you've got a lot of canned food and bottled water, and aren't within striking distance of the conservative estimates of storm surge, staying is fine.

I'm guessing, though, that the kind of person who goes to a bar in Galveston during a hurricane is not the kind of person bright enough to follow those rules (having already violated them on grounds of storm surge).

Sabine Pass is, fortunately, very small.  And, fortunately, there simply isn't that much between Galveston and Port Arthur.

Be nice to America. Or we'll bring democracy to your country.

by Drew J Jones (pedobear@pennstatefootball.com) on Sat Sep 13th, 2008 at 08:49:53 PM EST
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Well, there is the Houston ship channel.  Fortunately, the eye went almost directly over Galveston, so the worst of the winds and surge hit Port Arthur.  Had the hurricane hit about 25 miles south of Galveston, we might have gotten the 20'+ storm surge in the bay and channel.  That was where they thought it was going when they issued the warnings about 20'+ storm surges.  Small shifts can make big differences.  Hope not too many people draw the wrong lesions here.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Sep 13th, 2008 at 11:32:25 PM EST
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Fortunately, TS Ike appears to be headed just far enough west of my location in north central AR to spare us the worst. Knock on wood.  We did have tornado warnings with the suspect clouds passing `20 miles on either side of us.  Warning sirens and everything.  Glad of wunderground.com.  I can get real time tracking of serious storms so I don't have to overreact.  

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Sep 13th, 2008 at 11:36:49 PM EST
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