I emailed a colleague from work who lives in Houston. He is far enough inland that he is staying put. This will be his sixth hurricane. I also have an uncle who lives in Houston. I am waiting for a call from my mom to see if she has heard anything.
Meteorologist Anthony Watts is keeping the track up on his site. I am anticipating a good scientific discussion at his site regarding Ike- his site is one of the best there is on all things weather related.
Another place I am monitoring is Blogs of War. John Little, the author, lives near downtown Houston. John is reporting some gas stations being out of fuel . He also reports overflowing parking lots at the local Kroger.
I took another quick tour of Houston’s Midtown and the stores and gas stations are nuts. The one above, which I said two hours ago was mobbed and running low, is now completely out of gas.I will continue to update as I find out any more information from friends and family in the Houston area.
Kroger’s on West Gray, just down the street from me, was mobbed - completely. The huge parking lot was overflowing on to Gray and other nearby streets. As bad as it is now I expect it to be far worse this evening when even more people leave work and start their preparations far later than they should have.