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2008-09-21 09:00:07

By CAIN BURDEAU By Cain Burdeau and Angela K. Brown The Associated Press GALVESTON, Texas Rats, raw sewage and a no-excuses curfew await exiled residents who try to return to storm-wrecked Galveston Island when it reopens this week, officials warned Saturday, a week after Hurricane Ike came thundering ashore. Ugly as the city's past week and immediate future may be, the grim predictions didn't seem to scare some of the 45,000 evacuated islanders from trying to get home, even though...

2008-09-20 12:15:00

By Juan A. Lozano and Christopher Sherman Associated Press GALVESTON, Texas -- Hurricane Ike's death toll kept creeping higher Friday, a week after the storm's winds arrived, though there were signs of progress on Galveston Island and back on the mainland. A lone pump was back on at a gas station about two blocks behind the Galveston seawall. Cell phone service was mostly restored and power was gradually coming back on. More than half of Houston still didn't have electricity, though, and...

2008-09-19 18:00:24

Medical officials in Texas treating patients for Hurricane Ike-related maladies or other ailments say the storm also created a near health disaster. The Texas public health commission warned of a public health crisis if post-hurricane conditions persist for long, the USA Today. The University of Texas Medical Branch, a major hospital and trauma center in hard-hit Galveston, is closed because of water and wind damage. "We are getting slammed," says Jamie McCarthy, director of emergency...

2008-09-19 12:00:31

Texas Gulf Coast oil refineries closed by Hurricane Ike, have begun sputtering back to life, company officials said. The area includes the two largest oil refineries in the country, the Houston Chronicle reported Friday. Exxon Mobile's Baytown refinery, the largest, has begun steps to restore production, a process that takes a week or more, the Chronicle reported. The second largest, BP's Texas City refinery -- with a 460,000-gallon-a-day capacity -- has also regained power at its...

2008-09-19 09:00:20

By MATTHEW JONES By Matthew Jones The Virginian-Pilot GALVESTON, Texas The landing craft approached the shore, looking for a place to wedge itself into the sand. "Brace for the beach," yelled Chief Warrant Officer Tim Baker. The craft shuddered, then the boat's front gate descended. Baker's amphibious cargo hauler eased into the surf and onto the shore. To the right stood a restaurant that had been stripped to nothing more than its frame. To the left stood three rows of...

2008-09-19 09:00:20

By MICHAEL GRACZYK By Michael Graczyk and Cain Burdeau The Associated Press GALVESTON, Texas Hundreds of people whose beachfront homes were wrecked by Hurricane Ike may be barred from rebuilding under a little-noticed Texas law. And even those whose houses were spared could end up seeing them condemned by the state. Now here's the saltwater in the wound: It could be a year before the state tells these homeowners what they may or may not do. Worse, if these homeowners do lose...

2008-09-19 06:00:29

By Donna Leinwand Texas hospitals slammed as post-hurricane conditions deteriorate HOUSTON -- A 30-year-old man falls 25 feet from a cherry picker, smacking his head and breaking his leg so badly that bone pokes through his thigh. A trauma team at Texas Medical Center's Memorial Hermann Hospital crowds around him. Nearby, a trauma team prepares for a patient arriving by helicopter who was hit in the head by a falling tree. It is noon Thursday, five days after...

2008-09-19 03:00:19

GALVESTON, Texas - Hurricane Ike has killed 47 people since hitting the Gulf Coast over the weekend, officials said Tuesday as President Bush surveyed the damage by helicopter and urged Americans to donate money to victims. The massive storm stranded more than 30,000 evacuees in shelters and left about 2 million Texans without power. The storm earlier claimed more than 80 lives in the Caribbean. Areas such as the resort barrier island of Bolivar Peninsula, just east of Galveston,...

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2008-09-18 09:40:00

Instrument collected high-wind data from inside hurricane eye The only scientific team to successfully brave Hurricane Ike's knock-down winds and swells in Galveston was the DOW, the Doppler on Wheels mobile weather radar operated by the Center for Severe Weather Research (CSWR) in Boulder, Colo. "The DOW mission to Ike provided, for the first time, high-resolution radar data collected from the ground of the inside of a hurricane eye strengthening during landfall, and from a hurricane that...

2008-09-18 09:00:07

By JON GAMBRELL By Jon Gambrell The Associated Press GALVESTON, Texas Residents of this hurricane-wrecked island city launched an ill- advised attempt to return to their crippled hometown Wednesday but instead fumed in hours of gridlocked traffic only to be turned away at the bridge. Traffic backed up for 20 miles along Interstate 45, the one route onto Galveston Island, jockeying for position with utility workers, repair crews and police trying to begin repairs to the city wrecked...


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  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
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