September 11th, 2008
10:05 PM ET

Weather Service to residents: Leave, or face "certain death"

Gary Tuchman
AC360 Correspondent

We're on Galveston Island just southeast of Houston which will be a very poor place to be Friday night.

Hurricane Ike is on the way, and the national weather service has released the most dire statement I have ever seen in my career.

"Life threatening inundation likely!" according to the weather service, and then this startling sentence.

"Persons not heeding evacuation orders in single family one or two story homes will face certain death."

The weather service is not supposed to use hyperbole, so what is being said at this hour is chilling.

Filed under: Gary Tuchman • Hurricane Ike
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. George M

    All around our community we have damage...people's dreams shattered by the damage...we have no attention from any politicians or gov –beacuse we live 40 miles inland...no fema nor anyone came through...many many days before untilities are restoreed.
    Almost felloff the roof trying to ment it today...
    when you see politicians like Sen. Obama taking TV time using misfortune of the people like us suffering from Ike's, this not the change we want..
    Dem's took enough political mileage outage people suffering during Katrina,Rita and no Ike –
    who is fake and who is real...who knows

    We need community organizers, but not the kind which Sen. Obama tout's – calling for 100 hrs of service for $4000 dollars – does any one know how many hours of total community work Sen. Obama as done?
    I know Erica is excellent, not only when she flirts with AC(though not the type) on the air, but with numbers like the one she posted on the blog – Erica can you please find out this number – number of total hours (life time) of cumminity service by Sen.Obama 20 yrs ago?

    Hope we the people are not smearing you the journalists – as much as you do it to the politician's – fair game?o like one your guys said "Game On"??

    September 15, 2008 at 3:09 am |
  2. Rick H. Indian Wells, Ca.

    I would really like to know how much it costs us in taxes to save the idiotic people that need rescuing in Texas. They should be charged for any and all costs involved in saving those ignorant fools. They had MORE than enough warnings and opportunity to evacuate. Also, was it not all the Texan residents that complained about all the Katrina evacuees? Karma sucks, huh?

    September 14, 2008 at 7:10 pm |
  3. ex-USA

    Anderson, Jeanne, Gary, whoever else... Don't know if you're just doing what CNN tells you, but I hope other people don't follow your example and stay during such a bad storm. I really don't get the point of seeing reporters getting plastered by rain and wind or of watching Anderson Cooper standing in water up to his butt for over an hour even after the weatherman tells him there are alligators in that area. When the Ike hoop-la is over, send these people to report from a war zone, looks like they're pretty brave.

    September 14, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  4. Ruth Brewington

    Stay or go? Did no one learn from Katrina? If they tell you to leave, you do it. If it is not possible, then the state and federal officials need to offer those without the resources a way out of harm's way. Just two weeks my family evacuated because of Hurricane Gustav and are out quite a bit of money. But it is money, not lives of loved ones or pets. So to the people in Texas, stay strong and try to be nice to each other, it helps.

    September 14, 2008 at 10:58 am |
  5. heather

    This is in response to the bozo that posted a blog the other day & called himself "m" he said that everyone should evacuate & leave pets behind, for they can be replaced. Anyone who could make that statement is a cock (blank) and the world needs of those types. For many people their pets is their family or they would be alone in this world. Whoever wrote that is an absolute idiot. I can see it if they have like 8 dogs, 7 cats, 2 birds what can you do. But for those with one or two special pets, I wouldnt leave if I couldnt take my beautiful pooch.

    September 14, 2008 at 10:51 am |
  6. Dee

    What is the story with evacuation rules, are people not allowed to take their pets? I have seen and heard some of your stories, this is an outrage.

    September 13, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  7. NEB

    Elena: I completely agree with you that it is a person's right to choose whether to stay or go. HOWEVER, if one decides to ignore the warnings and advisories, then they need to be held accountable. And if this accountability means they need to foot the bill for their lack of action, so be it. Frankly, I am offended at the thought of my tax dollars being spent on a rescue mission for someone else's arrogance and stupidity. I think it is rude for you to suggest that they NOT pay!

    September 13, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
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