I don’t like Ike

It looks like there’ll be a devastating storm surge in the Gulf and Galveston, TX, from Hurricane Ike. Brendan Loy (the weather nerd whose posts I followed for Hurricane Katrina three years ago) and the Jeff Masters WunderBlog are the sites to follow. Also other links in Brendan’s sidebar blogroll. Such as this post w/ a webcam image that shows flooding already happening — though the arrival of the storm surge is still 12 hours away. Wow. This is going to be a baaaaaad storm.

Winds not as fast as Katrina, but a larger storm than Katrina:

Jeff Masters: Hurricane Ike is closing in on Texas, and stands poised to become one of the most damaging hurricanes of all time. Despite Ike’s rated Category 2 strength, the hurricane is much larger and more powerful than Category 5 Katrina or Category 5 Rita. The storm surge from Ike could rival Katrina’s, inundating a 200-mile stretch of coast from Galveston to Cameron, Louisiana with waters over 15 feet high. This massive storm surge is due to the exceptional size of Ike. According to the latest wind field estimate (Figure 1), the diameter of Ike’s tropical storm and hurricane force winds are 550 and 240 miles, respectively. For comparison, Katrina numbers at landfall were 440 and 210 miles, respectively.