Posted tagged ‘Houston’

Whitney Houston Dead at Age 48

February 11, 2012

Whitney Houston, who was probably regarded as one of the greatest pop singers of all time until drug use and erratic behavior led to a decline in her career, has died at the age of 48.

Anyone my age grew up with Whitney Houston. I may not have been her biggest fan, but her music was a part of my adolescence. School dances…etc. I mean “The Bodyguard” and her remake of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You”. What a talent who will be surely be missed!

Not sure what else there is to say…I’ll leave you with probably the greatest National Anthem of all time at the Super Bowl:

From CBS News:

Houston’s publicist, Kristen Foster, said Saturday that the singer had died, but the cause and the location of her death were unknown.

News of Houston’s death came on the eve of music’s biggest night — the Grammy Awards. It’s a showcase where she once reigned, and her death was sure to case a heavy pall on Sunday’s ceremony. Houston’s longtime mentor Clive Davis was to hold his annual concert and dinner Saturday; it was unclear if it was going to go forward.

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Hurricane Ike Batters Texas

September 13, 2008

Hurricane Ike ripped across the Texas coast early this morning, pushing a storm surge of as much as 13-15 feet of water ashore and blasting winds of more than 100 mph through Houston’s high rise buildings.

From the Washington Post:

The nation’s fourth-largest city was hunkered down, waiting for the worst of the storm to pass by.

Although damage reports were spotty in the pre-dawn hours, it appeared from news reports and television images that flooding had damaged many homes and structures along the coastline and concerns grew about casualties. Officials in Galveston, which took a frontal attack from Hurricane Ike, received emergency calls through the night from residents seeking help, but it was too dangerous to send out rescuers.

President Bush, speaking on the White House lawn Saturday morning, said state and federal workers are poised to help those affected by the storm. “I’ve been briefed on the rescue teams there in the area. They’re prepared to move as soon as weather conditions permit.”

Television broadcasts suggested that the communities of Lake Charles, south of Galveston, and Clear Lake, between Galveston and Houston, may have suffered extensive property damages. And some forecasters predicted that the area around Port Arthur, near the border with Louisiana, which was experiencing the northeast side of the storm, faced serious flooding and wind damage.

An official from CenterPoint Energy said that about 90 percent of its roughly 2 million customers were without power, the Houston Chronicle reported on its Web site. Full restoration could take several weeks, said CenterPoint spokesman Floyd LeBlanc.

Warnings Given to All Residents as Hurricane Ike Nears Texas

September 12, 2008

My wife’s uncle and aunt are on their way out of Houston as we speak as Hurricane Ike is barreling towards the coast.  As Ike nears the Houston area, the National Weather Service issued a stern warning to people living in small houses on Galveston Island that they faced “certain death” from flooding if they remained in their homes.

From the New York Times:

Forecasters said the wall of water being pushed onshore by the mammoth storm could cause floods of 15 to 22 feet above sea level, enough to cover many houses on the island, where a hurricane killed more than 8,000 people in 1900.

“Persons not heeding evacuation orders in single-family one- or two-story homes will face certain death,” the National Weather Service said in a local bulletin. “Many residences of average construction directly on the coast will be destroyed.”

The dire warning came as residents of Houston and Galveston rushed to board up their houses and move inland and Hurricane Ike moved closer to the two cities. By Friday morning, the unusually wide storm was more than 500 miles across and was rated Category 2, with 105 mile per hour winds at its center, churning across the Gulf of Mexico about 230 miles southeast of Galveston, according to The National Hurricane Center.

A mandatory evacuation was ordered for Galveston, and hurricane warnings were issued for a 400-mile stretch of coastline that stretched from south of Corpus Christi to Morgan City, La.

Thousands fled the island earlier in the day in private cars or on government-chartered buses, but a few diehards insisted they would stay in their homes. One was Denise Scurry, a 46-year-old pool hall employee who was sitting on a milk crate Thursday afternoon in downtown Galveston near her two-story home, reading “Thugs and the Women Who Love Them” and sipping brandy.

“It ain’t going to be nothing but wind and rain,” she said. “Everybody’s all excited about nothing.”

Look Out Texas…Here Comes Ike

September 12, 2008

Cars and trucks are heading inland and chemical companies have buttoned up their plants today as a major Hurricane Ike is taking aim at the heart of the U.S. refining industry and threatened to send a wall of water crashing toward Houston.

From the Associated Press:

Nearly 1 million people along the Texas coast were ordered to evacuate ahead of the storm, which was expected to strike late Friday or early Saturday. But in a calculated risk aimed at avoiding total gridlock, authorities told most people in the nation’s fourth-largest city to just hunker down.

Ike was steering almost directly for Houston, where gleaming skyscrapers, the nation’s biggest refinery and NASA’s Johnson Space Center lie in areas vulnerable to wind and floodwaters. Forecasters said the storm was likely to come ashore as a Category 3, with winds up to 130 mph.

But the storm was so big, it could inflict a punishing blow even in those areas that do not get a direct hit. Forecasters warned that because of Ike’s size and the state’s shallow coastal waters, it could produce a surge, or wall of water, 20 feet high, and waves of perhaps 50 feet. It could also dump 10 inches or more of rain.

Hurricane Ike Makes Landfall South of Havana

September 9, 2008

Could New Orleans or Houston be next?

From MSNBC:

Hurricane Ike powered ashore Tuesday in western Cuba’s province of Pinar del Rio, forecasters said, the second time Ike made landfall on the island nation.

On Monday, Ike tore across Cuba’s eastern side, ravaging homes, killing at least four people and forcing 1.2 million to evacuate.

Residents in Texas and northern Mexico braced for Ike’s next wallop.

Winds howled and heavy rains fell across Havana, where streets were empty of cars and people Tuesday morning. Towering waves broke over the graceful Malecon seaside promenade, which police barricaded off late Monday. Many of the historic apartment buildings along its length are in poor repair and vulnerable to collapse.

Police spread out across the city to halt all but emergency and official traffic. Roadways were strewn with tree branches and rocks, and the rubble from crumbling balconies littered sidewalks. Navigation was banned in Havana Bay, its usually placid surface stirred up by white-capped waves.

Cuba, which has carried out well-executed evacuations over the years, ordered hundreds of thousands of people — more than a tenth of its 11 million people — to seek safety with friends and relatives or at government shelters, state television reported.

About 80 percent of the 1,000 homes in Banes Holguin — in the area where Ike made landfall on Monday — were said to be damaged or destroyed.

By Tuesday morning, Havana was experiencing “heavy winds and rains”, NBC News reported.