September 12th, 2008
11:01 PM ET

Mother Nature is in complete control

Marsha Walton
CNN Science and Tech producer

One moment, I'm merrily flipping through the cable channels, taking note of a dozen Houston anchors gravely reporting the latest movements of the storm.

Multitasking of course, perusing the online editions of local newspapers, occasionally taking a cellphone call. Then bang. Ike takes charge in Clute, Texas. Power's gone.

Gotta save the charge on my Blackberry for real emergencies, since hiking to the car 100 yards away to plug in could be death defying. Now there's only one channel.

The howling and whistling sounds are both terrifying and mesmerizing. It will be a long, eerie night, with Mother Nature in complete control.

Filed under: Hurricane Ike
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Carolyn-Kansas City

    It amazes me that some people ignored the evacuation notice and then expects the First Responders to risk their lives to rescue them.

    At least think of your children, the elderly and your pets, get them to safety then if you want to ride out the storm do it at your own risk but don't expect someone else to risk theirs to save you.

    I know it is tough to leave your home and belongings but use your head. What is more important your life or your possessions?

    I really am impressed with the media and their bravery. Stay Safe!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 13, 2008 at 11:57 am |
  2. Jeff Bisbee

    Hunker-down and God Bless. Our planet is an amazing, incredibly powerful system. Humans get in the way of it's churning and changing.

    September 13, 2008 at 2:11 am |
  3. Salaina Syed

    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 1:42 am |
  4. Joan Curtiss

    I'm here in New Mexico feeling safe and dry. I have my kitty next to me and I feel lucky. Wishing you all well and that the worst is over.

    September 13, 2008 at 12:36 am |
  5. Amanda Walton

    When Mother Nature stirs, everyone must listen...Stay Safe and hope no emergencies happen.

    September 13, 2008 at 12:04 am |
  6. jane dunn

    anderson.....please be careful...we love you:)

    September 12, 2008 at 11:19 pm |
  7. Luis

    Please tell us what is on the freighter. Besides the risk to the crew stranded on it, is there a chemical spill risk? Is there a risk that it could run into something that would have a catastrophic consequence? Please tell us.

    September 12, 2008 at 11:15 pm |
  8. mike

    Hey Andreson. Tell Rick that all he needs to do to avoid the devastation of the 'inland flooding' is to take a step to either the right or left and get out of the puddle.

    September 12, 2008 at 11:15 pm |
  9. osvaldo

    Do people who staid in Houston, Texas have a chance of getting flooded by the storm because my family member didnt leave

    September 12, 2008 at 11:14 pm |
  10. Norris Hibbler

    Question: How many of those households in the Galveston area are estimated not to have flood insurance?

    September 12, 2008 at 11:13 pm |
  11. cindy m.

    Where do the CNN reporters stay if the water surge is going to be so high?

    September 12, 2008 at 11:08 pm |