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2008-09-12 17:03:37

As Hurricane Ike races toward Texas, it is pushing a mound of water in front of it that could inundate parts of the Gulf coast with up to 25 feet of water. The surge involves some incredible feats of physics, and in many hurricanes it's the leading cause of death. Galveston Island, Texas, destroyed at least once before by a major hurricane in 1900, began to see the Ike-related water creeping up along its beaches Thursday and by Friday, parts of the city of Galveston were flooded by the...

2008-09-13 12:00:14

By Juan A. Lozano and Pauline Arrillaga Associated Press GALVESTON, Texas -- Hurricane Ike bore down on the Texas coast late Friday with driving rain, crashing waves and fierce gusts, threatening to rattle the skyscrapers of America's fourth-largest city, shut down the heart of the U.S. oil industry and obliterate towns already flooded with waist-high water. Though nearly 1 million people evacuated coastal communities in the days leading up to the storm, tens of thousands ignored calls to...

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2008-09-13 11:05:00

GALVESTON, Texas -- Howling ashore with 110 mph winds, Hurricane Ike ravaged the Texas coast Saturday, flooding thousands of homes and businesses, shattering windows in Houston's skyscrapers and knocking out power to millions of people. While no official casualty estimate is available, some media outlets are reporting three deaths attributed to the storm. Authorities mobilized for a huge search-and-rescue operation to reach the more than 100,000 people who ignored warnings that any attempt...

2008-09-12 12:00:03

Residents along the Texas Gulf coast headed to more protected areas Friday, trying to escape potent Hurricane Ike before it makes landfall. Ike moved through the Gulf of Mexico at about 12 mph, and was about 295 miles east of Corpus Christi and about 320 miles southeast of Galveston, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said. The center said Ike's eye should be near the upper Texas coast late Friday or early Saturday. However, the NHC said because of Ike's size, weather conditions would...

2007-08-09 15:00:00

By Bill Hanna, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Texas GALVESTON -- This island city is in the midst of a building boom. The only problem? Galveston is sinking. It is sinking so fast that some scientists say the fragile West End of the island, which is not protected by the Galveston seawall, could lose parts of the coastal highway -- and blocks of beachfront homes -- in the next 60 years. The debate isn't just an academic exercise being played out by scientists. The largest development ever...

2006-06-05 13:35:24

HOUSTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Coast Guard and Texas environmental agencies are cleaning up a small oil spill in Nassau Bay, Texas, which feeds into Galveston Bay, the Coast Guard said on Monday. Operations along the Houston Ship Channel, which runs through Galveston Bay north and east of Nassau Bay were unaffected by the containment and clean up of the spill. Coast Guard spokesman Adam Wine said oil was spilled from a tug boat that sank in Nassau Bay on Sunday. The Coast Guard...

2005-10-07 13:40:39

GALVESTON, Texas -- Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) have developed a new way to predict the ability of certain small molecules to protect proteins in the cells of a wide variety of organisms living in extreme environments. The technique, described in a paper published online Oct. 7 in the Proceedings of the Natural Academy of Sciences (PNAS), is a method of calculating the stabilizing effect on cellular proteins by small organic molecules called...

2005-09-25 17:04:58

By Randall Mikkelsen WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Chuck Berry yearned for Baton Rouge, The Band headed for Lake Charles and Glen Campbell was homesick for Galveston when he cleaned his gun. Pick a place pounded by the twin hurricanes that ravaged the U.S. Gulf Coast over the last month, and there is probably a popular song to go with it. That is a reflection not only of the storms' broad reach, but also of the rich influence exerted by the Gulf region -- with its swampy mix of jazz, rock...

2005-09-24 11:04:07

By Erwin Seba GALVESTON, Texas (Reuters) - Hurricane Rita slammed into evacuated towns and oil-rich swamplands of the Texas-Louisiana border on Saturday, causing widespread damage and power outages and threatening heavy flooding. The powerful storm crashed into the U.S. Gulf Coast with 120 mph (193 kph) winds and punishing rains, then weakened slightly as it moved inland. By 11 a.m. EDT, Hurricane Rita was downgraded to a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds of about 75...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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