September 12th, 2008
09:27 PM ET

Here we go!

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/09/12/art.ike.galveston.jpg caption="Police officer Hassan Mustafa, Jesse West, and Carl Reynolds wading through the storm surge in Galveston, Texas."]

Jason Morris
Producer in Galveston, Texas

Rob Marciano and I just encountered fierce 8O+ mph winds on our walk through an open field around our hotel to the parking deck. We made it okay, but had to stop and keep our balance fighting Ike's wicked wind gusts whipping rain. When we finally got to the parking deck and caught our breath, Rob said: "Man, that felt like a tornado."

We will be back on the air shortly live from our BGAN – our digital satellite run through our mac book pro.

Its going to be a long, crazy night.

Filed under: Hurricane Ike
soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Rhonda-in-toronto

    rosa entire marina area of kemah is under water.....hope you are seeing what i am seeing......as i dont want to relay to you anything incorrect.........

    September 13, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  2. Rhonda-in-toronto

    rosa.........ive just seen a shot of the kemah lighthouse district and there appears to be widespread damage but help is rolling into the area ...the roads seem to be above water but are often impassable.....the entire area has sustained heavy damage but have heard of no injuries as yet..........im sure your family are enjoying a hot meal somewhere courtesy of salvation army.........my prayers are with you

    September 13, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  3. rosa savic

    I live in Ohio and my 4 daughters live in the Houston area, I'm particularily worried about my youngest daughter, a single parent with a 9 yr old residing in Kemah. She owns a house right on the channel. Is there any information as to what is going on in Kemah and are the homes and roads flooded?
    Thank you,

    September 13, 2008 at 7:57 am |
  4. Mike Stainton

    We always hear of downed power wires being a concern for search and rescue. Why do the power companies not shut the power off prior to land fall and eliminate that risk? They could have informed the population that at 8:00 pm last night, all power to the Galveston area will be shut down and do the same in other areas. Just a thought.

    September 13, 2008 at 7:32 am |
  5. Lois

    My family and I were watching in horrified awestruck wonder at the impact of Hurricane Ike on the Texan Coast and surrounding states. Our thoughts and prayers to you for the safety of you and your loved ones.

    September 13, 2008 at 3:04 am |
  6. Rhonda-in-toronto

    apparently while cnn is of course focused on where the eye is coming ashore.......and god help galvaston.........the rest of the whole gulf that has not recovered from katrina and rita is getting battered again .......i have friends in the new orleans area.......gustave did substantial damage last week.......levee failures could make new orleans the story of the day by mid morning along side of galvaston and houston.....anderson and the gang are doing a fabulous job bringing us the details ...thanx so much and be safe

    September 13, 2008 at 2:53 am |
  7. Cindy - Philly

    The coverage that CNN is providing to those of us who are watching with bated breath is excellent. I know it's dark right now in Texas and the storm is becoming even more severe for everyone. I hope that the everyone is safe tonight, and that the reporters who are in the line of fire will find shelter and not risk their lives for us. Excellent job all around, but please stay safe! No one expects you to die reporting a story. My thoughts are with all those in the path of the hurricane, the crew of the ship stranded in the gulf, and the people on the train in California.

    September 13, 2008 at 2:10 am |
  8. JAIME

    Yeah Salaina, one sure thing we can do is just pray for people who are not as comfortable as we are just watching tv. Pray and send best wishes for lots of americas including the ones who died in the train wreck today in california, The ones who die every day in the wars we are in. Just wish peace comes quick to their souls. That's all we can do at this point. Plus next week we can send some $$ to the red cross.. 🙂

    September 13, 2008 at 2:05 am |
  9. JAIME

    I think the ‘certain death’ is part of a warning by a meteorological agency and not directly from CNN, and i also think if im not wrong that warning was for people in Galveston and for people in areas too close to the shores.

    September 13, 2008 at 1:59 am |
  10. JAIME

    I'm not sleeping watching and learning from a true master.
    Your insights are definitely a CAT 5.
    Way to go Anderson. I love your program.
    Ciao Cuidate Amigo!

    September 13, 2008 at 1:54 am |
  11. Salaina

    When the humans …we… can play with nature and its natural resources…..when we can destroy the natural resources of nature… gifted to us by God….then why can’t nature itself play back with us….it has its full right….pay back time….now when it has come to show its power…..no one has right to object or can’t even think of avoiding it …..people out there where it is aiming….have to face it…..
    God knows whats more worst to come…..what about the people who stayed back taking a big risk….my sister is one of them…..surely when they have their souls depended on God….he would save them in return of their trust making them take the big risk….

    September 13, 2008 at 1:51 am |
  12. Salaina

    Yeaa h i have heard about new orleans...you are right.Rhonda levee have failed in new orleans......new orleans is in a so so condition....

    September 13, 2008 at 1:50 am |
  13. Rhonda-in-toronto

    im not sure if anyone has heard but i just saw a brief report zip across the tv screen .......that a levee had failed in new orleans.....has anyone heard any news of new orleans ?....my god what a huge hurricane. canada s best wishes and prayers are certainly with everyone in the gulf tonight

    September 13, 2008 at 1:44 am |
  14. Salaina Syed

    Guys people are caring about their stuffs more than their lives ...i heard people staying back home for looking after their stuffs..God please cool down the Ike...

    September 13, 2008 at 1:35 am |
  15. Salaina Syed

    Well...i don't know exactly how is it out there,,but the way the news reporters are saying its a big massive one monstrous giant ,first time in history of America ....i am damn worried sitting here because i have my very own sister in Houston...who has planned to stay back and not evacuate.....she is living in a 2 story building and as said by the reporters will face 'certain death' by CNN....hoping the best....the bad ones will surely be punished...don't let the pearls decay with the bad stones in the water God...CNN has been very informative and accurate...i am following it...

    September 13, 2008 at 1:16 am |
  16. Greg Hodges

    I hope and pray for all the people affected by Ike. This being the seventh anniversary of 9/11; it seems that this has been a rough decade on our American neighbours.We in Nova Scotia have gone through many ordeals, both man made and natural, and somehow it usually brings out the best and worst in humanity. Stay safe and good luck guys. The world will be watching to see what this monster will do.

    September 12, 2008 at 11:16 pm |
  17. DJ Salisbury

    Is risking your life and safety worth the ratings? I was appalled when Ali Velshi (isn't he a financial expert???) was sent into Hannah's path...absurd.

    Sensationlism is cheap.

    September 12, 2008 at 10:46 pm |
  18. kelley- SC

    Silver Fox and co. ,
    Thank you all for being there so we can keep updated! That's my hometown and my family decided to stay. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Good Luck!

    September 12, 2008 at 10:39 pm |
  19. Diane K. McColl

    You reporters need safety glasses and in case there is flying debris – you need to be covered.

    I don't understand why you don't protect yourselves.

    2. Where is the Former President Bush living in Texas, is he close to this hurricane?

    3. How is the present President's home going to hold up in this weather?

    September 12, 2008 at 10:26 pm |
  20. Rich

    Hey Jason – FYI – the Weather Channel guy up the road from you just showed you on camera and indicated y'all might be in harm's way pretty quick.

    Dunno if he's full of it or not, but stay safe.

    Thanks for the reports. Now – evac to higher ground!

    September 12, 2008 at 10:26 pm |
  21. Janeen

    Wooo Doggy! Yikes!
    I'm sure this goes without saying, but... Be careful out there!! We're prayin' for ya'.

    September 12, 2008 at 10:24 pm |
  22. Shellie

    I love ROB M......I only watch when he is on!

    September 12, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  23. Dana

    Great job guys! Can someone tell us where the surge is between Galvaston and Houston? Seems like Galv and Houston are worlds apart

    September 12, 2008 at 10:16 pm |
  24. Nedra

    I think that McCain is being overshadowed by Palin's stardom. I guess Americans are suppose to be dazzled for a VP who is more popular than the presidential candidate. SO who's the celebrity now? The republicans are talking a good game now but if the Republicans win remember: after the rockstar show is over, things will get worse in this country.
    A registered independent white woman who is not voting for McCain

    September 12, 2008 at 9:53 pm |
  25. michael

    How will the recreational boats fair in the hurricane? It’s my understanding the south Houston region is only 2nd to South Florida in registration of the number of recreation boats.

    Also is isn’t this a good enough example /reason that power lines need to be buried in major populated areas like Houston, as they are in Europe, that are susceptible to hurricanes/storms….as they are saying that Houston could go 10-days with out power?

    September 12, 2008 at 9:39 pm |
  26. Cindy

    80 MPH winds...WOW...that would definitely have me blown away! LOL I hope that you, Rob, Gary and the crews all stay safe out there!!


    September 12, 2008 at 9:31 pm |
  27. Alex Dzeda - Austin, TX

    Well, I hope you all are safe, because in my opinion, safety is more important than getting torn in half.

    September 12, 2008 at 9:28 pm |