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Thousands Flee Texas Coast As Ike Approaches

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Thousands Flee Texas Coast As Ike Approaches Authorities in the Houston area and along the Southeast Texas Gulf Coast ordered hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate Thursday as Hurricane Ike lumbered toward the coast and threatened to grow even stronger. Traffic was building on roadways leading away from low-lying areas in Galveston County, and officials urged residents to finish storm preparations quickly. Some gas stations were running out of fuel as residents scurried to leave.

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organicsugr organicsugr 8 years
There are a number of alarmists even in Austin. They're all buying up bottled water from the grocery stores.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Well we have a bedroom free in fort worth open for evacuees if they need a place.
verily verily 8 years
Trust me, I nag and nag. They're a little further north and live on the side of a hill. So, like with Rita and Alice, their yard actually did not flood any more than a regular rain storm. It's the trees that honestly scare me. And threats of tornadoes of course. So far, Houston is only evacuating those in low-lying areas closer to the coast. I'm going to call tonight and convince them to vacation in Austin for the weekend.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
They really need to this time verily. Perry said that they are expecting 14+ feet surge. He said it is imperative that people leave. It is so odd, driving today there were all these signs about where evacuees should exit for shelters. Even here we are to expect severe weather.
verily verily 8 years
Much of my family lives near Houston and a little further east. None are evacuating yet, but I'm ready for them if they do. My parents never evacuate for hurricanes though and probably won't for Ike.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
we here in san antonio have been preparing to shelter these people
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
I pray for everyones safety, for the people on the road getting out, to the ones who decide to stay.
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