Ike rages on!

I want to continue where Lance Hill left off with his previous blog. Even though Ike was downgraded to a tropical depression, it caused big problems across the Midwest and Ohio Valley. Flooding rains hit just to the south of Wisconsin and winds were gusting to 70 miles per hour across much of Ohio. This was caused by the combination of the former hurricane getting picked up by a cold front that let Ike race to the northeast at 50 miles per hour. Ike is now moving into Canada and thankfully is releasing its grip on the United States.

This is the second tropical system to affect us this season. Gustav brought us heavy rains and Ike did the same thing. This is very unusual for Wisconsin to get a direct rainfall due to a tropical system.

Seeing the damage in Houston and Galveston is difficult for me to watch. I spent many of my summers as a child in Galveston. The house we stayed in on the west side of Galveston Island was most likely severly damaged because the west side of the island is not protected by a sea wall. I have many relatives in the Houston area and thankfully they are all ok, but they expect to be without power for at least a week. It could have been worse, but Ike will be remembered for many years for the billions of dollars in damage it caused.

Mark

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2 Responses

  1. I agree…Ike was a terrible human tragedy. What amazes me more than anything when I see storms like Ike is the lack of intelligence of certain people. What on earth could motivate anyone to want to “wait” out a hurricane of such brute force? Maybe if they can survive with just a “scrape” or “two”, perhaps this might give people a certain sense of false security they can hold onto later on (don’t know)…Such behavior greatly perplexes me.

  2. Jeffrey,

    Thanks for writing in. You better consult some of the professors in psychology at UW-M to get an anwswer to why anyone would want to tempt fate. I think it is a classic example of, “it will never happen to me” mentality. What I worry about is the people of New Orleans who left for Gustav and had little to no damage. Many people were upset that they left when nothing happened. I hope these people continue to listen when evacuation orders are given.

    Mark

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