Ike continues to bash Texas as coast wakes to devastation

Hurricane Ike continued battering northern regions of Texas with 145-kilometre-an-hour winds Saturday, even as residents of the coast and Houston started a cautious survey of the damage after the storm had moved through.

There were three reported deaths, including a young boy killed by a falling tree as his family tried to clean up damage after the storm had passed, CNN reported.

The fate of an estimated 90,000 people who refused to evacuate in Galveston Island, on the coast, and the surrounding counties was not yet known.

Ike hit the coast in the early hours of Saturday with winds over 170 kilometres an hour. In Houston and Galveston, water stood as high as 2 metres in the street.

The Galveston city manager, Steve LeBlanc, asked journalists on Saturday to use discretion when filming, out of concern they may find massive corpses.

"We do not know what we are going to find," said Lyda Ann Thomas, mayor of Galveston. "We hope to find those who did not evacuate are still alive and well."

Sixty-four kilometers inland, Houston awoke to a city of broken glass and felled trees.

The wind had snapped off trees at ground level and picked up a huge high-rise-building air conditioning unit from the roof and dumped it in the street, a local businessman told CNN.

Centerpoint Energy, the main power company in the region, said that about 1.8 million - or 90 per cent - of its customers were without power, and warned it would be at least two weeks until power was fully restored.

Houston Mayor Bill White asked residents to boil their water due to the low pressure which may have allowed some outside contaminants to infect the system. The pressure dropped because some of the pumps lacked power.

"The rule of thumb is: use bottled water," he said in broadcast remarks.

He also urged healthy adults to share their bottled water with seniors and infants who are most susceptible to the ill effects of dirty water.

"Many people may not be able to boil their water because of the situation with electricity," he said.

Officials were urging people to stay inside until the worst of the winds had passed. Downed power lines were one of the chief dangers.

"Please keep out of the streets, and this is no time to play in the ditches," the Houston mayor said.

Fire and rescue services were unable to answer hundreds of calls in Galveston as the storm moved through, and in Houston, there was a backlog of more than 5,000 calls.

Only about 250,000 people in Houston were under mandatory evacuation from the country's fourth largest city of 4 million.

In Galveston, officials had issued the sternest of warnings for a full evacuation and warned they would have to ignore any calls for rescue until daybreak.

There were several hundred calls, broadcast reports said, and several fires that burned unattended because of the storm.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) on Friday said it expected up to 100,000 homes in the entire Houston region to be flooded or destroyed.

Thousands of army and air force national guard troops, along with outlying fire and rescue people, were waiting with thousands of vehicles north of the hard-hit region to move in with emergency aid and emergency evacuations.

In Galveston, earliest video images via CNN showed the storm had chopped up asphalt and tossed the pieces around like so many boulders.

Huge chunks were falling off buildings that were still standing.

The gravest problem from Ike was the tidal surge.

Owing to Ike's large diameter, meteorologists compared its effects to that of a category 5 hurricane, even though it was only a category 2 on the Saffir-Simpson's five-level scale at landfall.

Despite several warnings and a mandatory evacuation order issued Thursday, many residents in Galveston decided to stay and weather the storm at home.

Many considered the official announcements exaggerated, thought their homes were strong enough or rejected risking a chaotic evacuation like that of hurricane Rita in 2005.

A few also mentioned a wish to live through the storm at its worst.

Galveston is known for its nearly 6-metre-high seawall built to protect historic old homes which survived the lethal storm of 1900.

In 1900, up to 8,000 people died after a huge hurricane hit Galveston, causing the deadliest natural disaster in US history.

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina killed about 1,800 people in New Orleans and the surrounding Gulf coast.

Ike has already killed at least 72 people in Haiti and five people in Cuba as it churned across the warm Gulf of Mexico waters since last weekend.

Subscribe to Trend in Google News! Subscribe
LUKOIL Uzbekistan Operating LLC opens tender for examination of calculations of production
LUKOIL Uzbekistan Operating LLC opens tender for examination of calculations of production
Georgian Water and Power LLC announces tender on renovation works procurement in Tbilisi
Georgian Water and Power LLC announces tender on renovation works procurement in Tbilisi
Kazakhstan Railways opens tender to buy uninterruptible power systems
Kazakhstan Railways opens tender to buy uninterruptible power systems
Loading Bars
Iran reveals COVID-19 data for January 16
Weekly review of main events in Azerbaijani transport sector
Iran eyes increase in trade turnover with Russia
Azerbaijani MFA comments on Armenian side’s allegations about alleged "pogroms"
Azerbaijan’s economy growing sustainably
Jordan army officer killed in shooting along border with Syria
Over 139 mln coronavirus vaccine shots given in Turkey to date
Iran's Energy Exchange announces products to be on sale on January 16
Azerbaijan is of great regional and global importance - American Jewish Committee
Azerbaijani Defense Ministry presents weekly review (VIDEO)
Georgia publishes COVID-19 data for January 16
National Bank of Georgia shares data on liabilities to non-residents
Kyrgyzstan logs 874 new COVID-19 cases
Iranian currency rates for January 16
Britain will no longer require COVID tests for fully vaccinated travellers
Argentina's COVID-19 tally surpasses 7,000,000
All synagogue hostages "out alive and safe" in U.S. Texas (UPDATE)
Russia, West are ‘on totally different tracks’ - Kremlin spokesman
Restoration work in liberated areas - foundation to Azerbaijan's further development
Philippines finalises deal to acquire missile system from India for $375 mn
Czech president opposes abuse of Olympic idea for political aims
Turkey confirms 63,967 daily COVID-19 cases
England opens COVID booster jab programme to 16- and 17-year olds
AICTE, 5ire partner to launch the world's biggest happiness blockchain
US hopes to continue security dialogue with Russia - Department of State
French 2021 budget deficit seen lower than expected at 7% of GDP -minister
Migrant caravan leaves Honduras en route to U.S.
Piyush Goyal suggests 5-point reform agenda for FCI
Omicron detected in Beijing as China battles COVID-19 clusters
UK seven-day COVID-19 infections down 33% on week before
Under pandemic cloud, 24k people to attend R-Day parade with protocols
Iran president eases COVID curbs as deaths fall
Covid-19 India highlights: India logs over 2.6 lakh cases, 402 deaths in a day
Apple to require employee proof of COVID-19 booster
Azerbaijan hands over one more citizen who got lost back to Armenia
Passenger vehicle dispatches slide 13% in December on chip shortage: SIAM
Israeli finance minister tests positive for coronavirus
We welcome beginning of Turkish-Armenian contacts - Deputy FM of Azerbaijan
Tsunami recorded in southwestern Japan, with waves of about 1.2 meters
20 attacks on healthcare facilities were committed during riots in Kazakhstan - Ministry of Health
CSTO peacekeepers will be withdrawn from Kazakhstan until January 19
10th century idol discovered in England, handed over to India
"Red level" of terrorist threat remains in three regions of Kazakhstan
Opening of Zangazur corridor to create new opportunities for region - Analysis
Representative delegation of Afghanistan arrived in Turkmenistan (PHOTO)
225 people die as result of riots in Kazakhstan
Azerbaijan to hold Technofest festival in 2022
Uzbekistan’s GDP grew by 7.4% in 2021 – President
Turkey eyes $35 billion in tourism revenues in 2022
Georgian Ministry of Health reduces quarantine period for fully vaccinated
Azerbaijan to hold auction for privatizing state properties
Baku Metro to receive four more new trains
Iran’s MOGPC could resume maximum crude oil extraction in short time
5.0-magnitude quake jolts eastern Iran
Iran’s Bahar Azadi gold coin price dips
IED found at Ghazipur flower market; defused, says report
Azerbaijan to hold Second Karabakh Economic Forum in 2022
Iran reveals COVID-19 data for January 15
World Bank continues digital development in Georgia
Turkmenistan considering purchasing road construction equipment from John Deere
Russia reports record high of 27,179 daily coronavirus cases since December 19
Georgia records drop in number of visitors from Turkmenistan
Azerbaijan shares data on number of vaccinated citizens
Azerbaijan confirms 710 more COVID-19 cases, 260 recoveries
Former vice-minister of energy of Kazakhstan detained
Russian Rosselkhoznadzor expands list of livestock product suppliers to Uzbek market
Turkish company to build hybrid power plant in Turkmenistan
LUKOIL Uzbekistan Operating LLC opens tender for examination of calculations of production
President of Kazakhstan instructs to reform national security systems
Azerbaijan's offshore wind energy potential 20 times higher than installed capacity – deputy minister
Azerbaijan, Turkey eye holding joint digital transformation forum in late 2022
Iran's Oil Minister talks about energy plans with neighboring countries
Turkmenistan begins second stage of Balkan-Dashoguz power line construction
Number of flights from Iran’s Bushehr International Airport soars
Facebook's VR Oculus business probed by U.S. states
India better positioned to navigate any financial turbulence: UN body
Maruti Suzuki hikes vehicle prices by 4.3% to offset rise in input costs
India Inc says 'Aatmanirbhar Bharat' schemes help revive economy: Deloitte
Azerbaijan-Ukraine agreement in food safety to eliminate barriers between two countries
Georgia sees increase in cheese imports
Azerbaijan's pensioners to start receiving increased pensions following indexation
Iran’s NIORDC, Bank Mellat sign contract on transportation of oil products
Turkmenistan to launch construction of glycyrrhizic acid production plant
Weekly review of Azerbaijan’s energy market
Uzbek Central Bank notes increase in total assets of microcredit organizations
Chinese company intends to develop bilateral cooperation with Uzbek association
President Ilham Aliyev receives delegation led by Chief Executive Officer of American Jewish Committee (PHOTO/VIDEO)
Iran could become helium gas exporter in future - NIOC
Georgian Water and Power LLC announces tender on renovation works procurement in Tbilisi
Caspian Sea has huge potential for wind energy – Azerbaijani Deputy Energy Minister (VIDEO)
Passenger transportation via Iran's Abadan International Airport up
Georgia publishes COVID-19 data for January 15
U.S. households can order 4 free COVID-19 tests starting Jan. 19 - White House
State Social Protection Fund of Azerbaijan records increase in revenues
Uzbekistan shares domestic COVID-19 data for January 14
Georgia sees increase in visitors from Uzbekistan
IDB and OPEC Fund to finance construction of three ships for Turkmen fleet
Azerbaijani oil prices increase
Iran FM officially announces beginning of implementation of Iran-China long term deal
Iran to start construction of Persian Gulf Bridge
All news