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For anyone who missed my twitter feed - my house is fine. Mike's house lost some fence, but is otherwise fine. We had no water, no power, and their saying it could be weeks before all the power is on, so we packed up and went to Mike's parents place in El Campo, since they do have power.

More then 85% of Houston has no power - they said 2.1 million households without power. Some grocery stores opened this morning, but there's very little ice.

Another 7 inches of rain fell this morning, which is going to make the flooding worse and slow down the process of getting power back on.

Talked to my mother briefly yesterday morning. Her house was also fine, but her cell seems to be out of batteries now.

We're planning to stay here until we get power at the house. We're not expecting work tomorrow at this point.

Sent from my iPhone
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alioth1 From: alioth1 Date: September 14th, 2008 04:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
The BBC reported that the only part of Houston that maintained power was downtown...but I bet the power for most of downtown is buried.

I'm not surprised the outages were so widespread, I've always been amazed that the 'final mile' power distribution in Houston was in such a visible state of disrepair for such a wealthy city (power poles leaning at surprising angles, overloaded with power and presumably also telephone lines). I bet many poles came down.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: September 14th, 2008 05:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
There was some power around beltway 8, and we saw some up near Telge @ 290. It's very spotty.

On the upside, I've now gotten really fast with the iPhone keyboard the last few days.
planegirl From: planegirl Date: September 14th, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm relieved to hear that you're OK.
Did your airplane make it through the storm, too?
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: September 14th, 2008 06:58 pm (UTC) (Link)
No idea. LaPorte is not allowing anyone into town, so obviously I can't go check, and of course there's no one at the FBO. I expect to not know anything before tomorrow at the very earliest.

What I do know: GLS has about 10ft of water, up to the top of hanger doors, including the flight museum. EYQ lost 3 hangers, and a lot of doors blown in on top of that. HOU is flooded, with a lot of damaged hangers. LBJ has a lot of damage. I'm obviously not very hopeful about T41.
rattleback From: rattleback Date: September 14th, 2008 07:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Arrgh, the Flight Museum; I hadn't even thought of that for everything else.

http://www.lsfm.org/ says:

All museum staff are safe following passage of Hurricane IKE.

Damage to the museum is substantial. The extent of the damage has yet to be assessed by LSFM officials and staff. [...]
Prior to IKE’s arrival, pilots were able to fly the following aircraft out of harm’s way: B-17, B-25, DC-3,P-47, F6F, F4U, SBD, AT-11, P-6 and the F8F.


Good luck with the plane; ouch.
skywhisperer From: skywhisperer Date: September 14th, 2008 08:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Just saw one report on the net that at least one plane from the airport is upside down in the middle of the road.
arthur_sc_king From: arthur_sc_king Date: September 14th, 2008 09:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
All things considered, sounds like you got off pretty well. Phew!
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