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Hurricane Ike

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    September 24, 2013

    Weather Week: As the Cool Weather Moves in, Wave Goodbye to Hurricane Season

    Recently, we wrote about the anniversary of Hurricane Ike and showed you just how much has changed with then and now photos. Another devastating hurricane, Carla, had its anniversary recently as well. While this year has mostly been a dud, we still have a couple months officially left in the season. ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    September 9, 2011

    Drought Madness: Houston, You Want a Hurricane. Overwhelmingly

    ​It's clear the Drought of '11 has had some effect on the minds of Texans: They are actively in favor of getting hit with a tropical storm or hurricane if it will help bring about the end of the über-dry spell. Does everyone forget Ike or Allison? We asked readers if they would take a tropi ... More >>

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    September 14, 2009

    Aftermath (Literally): Area Musicians Remember the Days Following Hurricane Ike - "You Could Smell Rotten Stuff About 13 Miles Away from the Causeway"

    Bill OliveSilver Jews (and some very grateful fans) at Walter's on Washington, September 18, 2008​Rocks Off originally meant to post this on Friday, but one thing led to another and if memory serves, on September 14, 2008, we were still without power, living out of an ice chest and wondering what ... More >>

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    June 3, 2009

    The Only Hurricane Guide You Will Ever Need

    Only through the benevolent grace of God Almighty has Houston been spared a tropical storm in the alarming gap of three days between the start of the hurricane season and the publication of our hurricane guide today.Yes, we took a chance. But we also pulled a few strings with the Big Man. Give us th ... More >>

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    March 13, 2009

    The Flying Dutchman Sails Again

    Just in time for Spring Break, the last restaurant that was still closed on the Kemah Boardwalk -- which took heavy damage during Hurricane Ike -- has reopened. The Flying Dutchman is open for business as of today, March 13.  Like many of the Boardwalk's waterlogged restaura ... More >>

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    December 10, 2008

    My Earlier, Horrible Band

    After my displacment during Hurricane Ike, I found a CD with a demo from my pre-Black Math Experiment band, Hixon, which managed to survive when so much of my BME memorabilia was destroyed. This band was rightfully and thankfully ignored by all of you, and eventually I was kicked out for "holdi ... More >>

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    November 28, 2008

    A Black Friday Soundtrack

    It's become a tradition. You spend two days cooking, slaving over a hot stove, sweating into the family green bean casserole, making gallons upon gallons of iced tea for assorted loved and loathed ones. But instead of taking the next day off to go comatose and let the fullness subside, what do you d ... More >>

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    October 30, 2008
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    October 27, 2008
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    October 8, 2008

    Always Look on the Bright Side of Ike, Vol. 4

    So you know Houston is finally getting back to normal after Ike. I had just set off for the bus stop yesterday morning, right after the morning rain had abated. The storm drain across the street was full of debris, and looking closer, I saw a tiny creature tangled up in the foliage. Right after Ik ... More >>

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    October 4, 2008

    Busy Day at Cactus Music

    Ra Ra Riot You might as well just park yourself at Cactus Music today for all the music going on. First up, at noon, is a local four-pack of bands playing next Sunday's Rock the Boat benefit for Hurricane Ike victims at Meridian: Morgue City, Paris Green, Straightfork and Deep Ella. As soon as they ... More >>

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    September 26, 2008

    Rice Shuts Down Valhalla, Panic To Ensue Among Cheap-Beer Drinkers

    Looking for a place to grab a cold with the kids this afternoon? Scratch Valhalla off your list of places to do so. Seems the Rice grad student pub and family-friendly haven for lovers of cheap beer and geeky conversation is at the very least a temporary casualty of Hurricane Ike. And not because t ... More >>

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    September 25, 2008

    Ike Spawns UFO Cover-Up, Exclusive Report Claims

    The Houston Chronicle is no doubt hoping desperately for a Pulitzer nomination for its Ike coverage (every paper whose town gets hit by a hurricane does), but we're afraid they have no chance. They have been beaten, like a rented mule, on the single biggest Ike story. It's the utterly respected (y ... More >>

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    September 25, 2008

    T-Minus Three Hours to the Best of Houston® Launch Party

    Hurricane Ike be damned, the launch party must go on. In a little less than three hours, the fun begins at Lucky’s Pub (801 St. Emanuel) in the warehouse district. There’ll be food, cheap drinks and – perhaps most alluring – a naughty fashion show. You can either do whatever it is you no ... More >>

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    September 25, 2008
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    September 25, 2008
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    September 22, 2008

    More Ike-Related Music News

    A few more (possibly) final bits of music-related Ike aftermath... Photos by Dan Workman * Sugar Hill Studios (above), emerged from Ike relatively unscathed, though the legendary Produce Row-area recording house sustained a little roof damage and, like everywhere else, was beset by fallen trees ... More >>

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    September 22, 2008

    The Show Must Go On …. But Not Yet

    Hurricane Ike is having long-term effects on Houston’s performing and visual arts organizations. We’ve gotten several messages about shows being postponed or canceled and we thought we’d pass them along. The Country Playhouse’s production of Neil Simon’s Rumors will open Friday, Septembe ... More >>

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    September 20, 2008

    Renters -- Don't Get Screwed By Lazy Landlords

    Homeowners hit by Ike know that if they want the little-to-somewhat-big things fixed after Ike, they just need to buckle down and do it themselves. But what about renters? Should they wait until their landlord does the job? And what happens, say, if their downstairs neighbor evacuated and the refri ... More >>

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    September 19, 2008

    This Just In: You(genious) Not Dead, Is Awesome

    Every "Atomic Dog" has his day: You(genious) and George Clinton. Woof! Photos by anotherlevelphotography.com There were rumors floating around this week that You(genious), Houston's parenthetical Misfit of R&B, had died during Hurricane Ike. We gave him a call and he took a few minutes to address ... More >>

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    September 19, 2008

    Chambers County Smacked by Hurricane Ike

    Photo by Daniel Kramer / Click here for a slideshow It’s probably safe to say that other than the communities on the Bolivar Peninsula, no places in Texas were ravaged worse by Hurricane Ike than the bayside Chambers County towns of Oak Island and Smith Point. In the case of Oak Island, as with ... More >>

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    September 18, 2008
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    September 18, 2008
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    September 18, 2008

    Let The Polluting Begin Anew!

    You still may not have electricity, ice, Internet access or Starbucks access, but the petrochemical plants of Southeast Texas are slowly cranking up again after the bastard Ike came and left. Frankly, it's an awesome undertaking starting everything up again. The process will continue, in some cases ... More >>

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    September 18, 2008

    An Assessment Of Galveston's Historical Sites

    Here is a summary from the Galveston Historical Foundation -- via their temporary digs in Austin -- about how the old and cherished buildings on the island fared during Ike: First reports from the scene indicate the following: The 1861 U. S. Custom House, GHF's headquarters, was flooded by as much ... More >>

  • News

    September 18, 2008
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    September 18, 2008

    Ike, You Bastard

    Houston gets hit with big one

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    September 17, 2008

    Video of Kemah Boardwalk After Hurricane Ike

    While in Kemah yesterday surveying the damage wrought by Hurricane Ike, Daniel Kramer got some video of the Boardwalk. As you can see, it's going to be some time before Tillman Fertitta's entertainment strip is up and running again... -- Keith Plocek

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    September 17, 2008

    Get Off Your Fat, A/C'd Ass And Volunteer

    Relatively well-off after Ike? Feel like helping those who aren't? Then the life of a disaster-relief worker is for you! See exotic PODs! Hand out wonderful MREs! Here's the info from the county emergency-management office: Volunteers are urgently needed to assist with Hurricane Ike relief effo ... More >>

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    September 16, 2008

    Houston Libraries Begin To Re-Open, With Computers For Victims

    The Houston Public Library System is slowly getting back on its feet. The downtown library is open from 10a.m. to 7 p.m. as of now. "The Central Library computer lab will be designated as the Hurricane Ike Assistance Room to file for FEMA aid, insurance claims, and emailing family and friends," the ... More >>

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    September 16, 2008

    Where's Houston's Hurricane Relief Benefit?

    Paging Rev. Gibbons... It's not entirely unwarranted - something about Wall Street being in free fall - but outside the Houston area, our recovery from Ike is rapidly receding from the headlines. Before it gets buried any further, Rocks Off would like to take this opportunity to point out he hasn't ... More >>

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    September 15, 2008
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    September 15, 2008
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    September 12, 2008

    Can't Anyone Just Predict "Slightly Breezy And Seasonably Cool"?

    You want your warnings of catastrophe? We got `em right here. From CNN: "Forecasters warned Ike would bring "certain death" to anyone who remained in Galveston Bay homes. Rarely do forecasters use such forceful language." Weather Underground's Jeff Masters: "We must assume Ike will intensify to a ... More >>

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    September 12, 2008
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    September 12, 2008
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    September 12, 2008
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    September 12, 2008

    First Victim Claimed -- A Kid

    Ike has claimed his first official death. It wasn't one of the idiots who decided to stay in the West End of Galveston; it was some poor kid in Montgomery County. A 10-year-old boy was standing in his front yard watching his Dad cut branches off their pine tree; a branch fell and killed him. The f ... More >>

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    September 12, 2008
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    September 11, 2008

    ICE Won't Be Nabbing Illegals At Hurricane Shelters

    Safety first. That’s the message from federal immigration authorities this morning who say illegal immigrants needing to evacuate or use public shelters during Hurricane Ike should feel safe to do so without fear of being detained and possibly deported. “It shows the nature of the business,” ... More >>

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    September 11, 2008

    Oh Yeah -- It's 9/11

    Even though everyone is paying attention to Hurricane Ike, a few folks remember that today is the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. A very, very few folks. Hair Balls went out and asked the downtown lunch crowd, “How did 9/11 affect you?” Here’s a sampling of the answers: “It di ... More >>

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    September 11, 2008
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    September 11, 2008

    This Just In: Fitzgerald's, Meridian and Warehouse Live Postponements/Cancellations

    Ike ain't even here yet, and he's already playing havok with Houston's live-music calendar. At Fitzgerald's, Friday's Mechanical Boy CD release will go on as scheduled, but Saturday's bill of Spoonfed Tribe, D.R.U.M. and Zwee has been rescheduled for a date TBD, and the bands scheduled to play Sunda ... More >>

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    September 11, 2008

    One Definite Effect of Ike

    Even though the disaster declaration that's been invoked includes an anti-gouging provision, you can expect to get hit in the pocketbook even if Ike turns out to be a Rita in terms of its Houston effects. That's because the price of gas is going to see an Ike Spike. Gas prices have climbed dramati ... More >>

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    September 10, 2008

    HISD Cancels Games, Trips This Weekend

    Hurricane Ike has claimed his first Houston-area victims -- high-school football fans. HISD is canceling all athletic events and field trips this weekend (Friday, Saturday and Sunday). In addition, any games requiring teams to travel outside of Harris County tomorrow night are canceled. "The decis ... More >>

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    September 10, 2008

    The Voice Of Hurricane Reason

    Expect office productivity to plunge in Houston around 2 p.m. today, when the Houston Chronicle's Eric Berger holds another live chat. Berger has emerged as the voice of reason in this hurricane-obsessed town, an anecdote to the frothing TV guys who blather on about how they're not hyping anything ... More >>

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    September 10, 2008

    Hurricane Ike's First Victim Classier Than Edouard's

    When Tropical Storm Edouard threatened Galveston, the Grand 1894 Opera House had to cancel Tuna Does Vegas. With Hurricane Ike now looming in the Gulf, the Opera House has announced it's canceling Saturday night's performance by Steve Tyrell, the jazzy, Texas-born singer. So in terms of losses inc ... More >>

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    September 10, 2008
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    September 8, 2008
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