You may remember the summer of 2005, when I offered a couple stinging posts on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. To this day, I feel the response of our federal and local officials was ridiculous, and it showed a complete lack of any forward thinking and preparation for such an event.
On this Friday night, there is a monster on its way to Galveston and Houston. It's Hurricane Ike. While it's "only" a strong Category 2 storm with winds at "only" 110 miles per hour, it's going to devastate much of the Texas coast.
Ike is a large storm with a huge field of hurricane- and tropical storm-force winds. The storm surge will be that of a major hurricane, even though Ike may not officially cross that threshold. The reason for that is that it has such a wide range of high winds from the storm center, meaning it's churned up an insane amount of water in the Gulf of Mexico.
Much of that water is going to end up being pushed up Galveston Bay.
(I am not a meteorologist, but I have done some research on tropical weather. Please don't take any of this as being an expert's opinion or anything.)
This is setting up to be a huge catastrophe for this area, and I implore you to monitor developments. If you have DirecTV, you can watch a simulcast of KHOU-TV on Channel 361. It's much better than the sensationalized crap you see on the news channels or the Weather Channel, though if you want to see Geraldo try to get blown away by the storm, you will probably have to watch Fox News.
If things are as bad as the "experts" think, we then need to unite as a real country and help these people. Give money, donate non-perishable food items, help gather supplies to send down there, give blood. Whatever you can. It's not about being a Democrat or a Republican or an Obama person or a McCain supporter.
As I said in 2005, you know these people would get in line to help you should something bad happen in your area. Please show them the same courtesy.