September 13th, 2008
08:16 AM ET

CNN Galveston crew all safe

Watch CNN's Gary Tuchman in Galveston, Texas, where the eye of Hurricane Ike passed.
Watch CNN's Gary Tuchman in Galveston, Texas, where the eye of Hurricane Ike passed.

Jason Morris
CNN Producer
Galveston, Texas

The back half of Ike is absoltely pounding us and finally blew us off the air.

At our hotel – The San Luis Resort – officials were going room to room to evacuate people to a safer spot due to glass blowing out.

Team Tuchman, Team Marciano and all hard-working CNN crew on the ground here are safe and riding out the worst of this massive hurricane.

Filed under: Hurricane Ike
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Bonnie

    I've have read so many comments about why people don't leave. Some pretty unkind things were said. I just have a thought. If the ptb know that people don't leave because of their animals, why can't some type of emergency animal shelter be set up in these areas. You could house a lot of dogs, cats and birds in say an arena.
    And I would be hard pressed to be able to leave and have money to go somewhere to stay for several days every time an evacuation order came in, so I understand that part of it too. And I work full time.
    I am no where near these areas, not even in the same country, but I keep the TV on CNN like it will make a difference somehow-go figure.
    I'm glad you are all safe from covering the hurricane while it happened. Thoughts and prayers to all.

    September 14, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  2. Nancy

    Anderson, You are the only voice we have. I am so concerned about UTMB hospital. Is that flooded? Were are all the medical students and interns? Did they take refuge in the hospital? Please try to get us some ariel view photos of the neighborhoods so residents can see if their homes are standing.Also of Sacred Heart church and the historical strand buildings.

    September 14, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  3. Jeanne Smith

    We live (lived?) in Port Bolivar. There has been very few updates on the Bolivar Peninsula in general. I understand it is unaccessable by land but have seen some aerial pictures. Please provide us with more information. The rescued residents (that chose not to leave) are saying that everything is gone.

    September 14, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  4. Ingeborg Kelly

    People forced to evacuate as news crews go into danger area.
    I am continually astounded by the stupidity of the media. Ratings wars have atrophied your brains.
    What vital information is provided by watching someone with a microphone ducking flying objects and clinging to lamp-posts.
    You do no one a service defying official instructions to evacuate.
    Your own headlines warned that no one would be safe there.
    Should you have to be rescued you would further burden the
    rescuers dealing with the other witless and stubborn.

    September 14, 2008 at 5:31 am |
  5. Susan Lemarie

    Thanks for letting us know. We were all worried about them! Thanks again for doing a terrific job.

    Susan Lemarie, Fairfax, VA

    September 13, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  6. Diana, Crystal Lake, IL

    Glad to hear you guys are safe as well as all my family and friends in Galveston and the Galveston area. As a BOI (Born on Island) I would like to see video of the Bishop's Palace and Sacred Heart Church on 14th and Broadway. Both survivors of the 1900 storm. I would also like to see that the pyramids at Moody Gardens on the west side are still sound. Thank AC360 team and the rest of CNN for your coverage of this very scary storm.

    September 13, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  7. Arsham

    Please stay safe, Great reporting. When you have chance can you talk about technology you and your team ussing

    September 13, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  8. Cari Cook

    Can someone check on Jamaica Beach? You have reported from Surfside Beach, but my mother's house is in Jamaica Beach, and I'd like to find out what that town looks like. Fortunately, she evacuated Thursday so she's safe.

    September 13, 2008 at 1:21 pm |
  9. Jo Ann


    I was watching when you got blown off the air. The back end of the hurricane was definitely the worst! I was really frightened for Gary; I could not believe that he was standing out there in that terrible weather in the dark!

    I have to give a lot of credit to your cameramen! I don't know how they do it.

    Thanks for a job well done!

    Jo Ann
    North Royalton, Ohio

    September 13, 2008 at 12:46 pm |
  10. Jenny Didur

    I keep watching the coverage of the storms and I am appalled that CNN or any other reporter is not wearing hard hats instead of baseball caps. I watched as Anderson Cooper ducked from flying debris or other reporters ducking everything flying around. I know that they want to report but it truly does not mean they have to jepordize their lives with the safety equipment we have available now a days. Personally I do not want to see someone kept struck by the debris. Why would they not wear a hard hat to at least protect their heads?

    September 13, 2008 at 12:00 pm |
  11. Kendra

    The emergency personnel were probably thinking of all the people they may have to help today, if the people had left liket they were told to the emergency people could have also

    September 13, 2008 at 11:55 am |
  12. Jim Beckstead

    Please tell me why gas prices have gone up already when the gas
    in the stations have all ready payed for it? I think that the gas stations
    are ripping us off. And I think it is just awful to profit from a disaster.

    September 13, 2008 at 11:46 am |
  13. Marcia Knoxville, TN

    So glad to know the CNN crew is safe thus far!
    I look forward to your reports of conditions in Texas.
    Stay safe!

    September 13, 2008 at 11:28 am |
  14. Frannie, Wilmington, NC

    So glad to hear that you all are safe and sound. My thoughts are with you and all those affected by this storm, especially those unfortunate people who did not evacuate Galveston.

    Stay inside until it is safe to go out. Reporting this storm is not worth your life.

    September 13, 2008 at 10:21 am |
  15. Michelle Fonthill Ont,Canada

    Thank God you and your team arte safe Gary and Rob
    I can't imagine what it is like to be right in the eye of that horrible storm . It Thank you for your hurricane coverage as allways you guys are so brave and please stay safe.

    Thanks for checking in Gary
    take care:Michelle

    September 13, 2008 at 10:18 am |
  16. steve

    how are all of the prisoners at the Galveston jail that were not evacuated by the sherriff due to security reasons?where is the sherriff,in some hotel suite eating eggs benedict for breakfast?every life is important.what a shame if anyone drowns because of inaction,bad advice or bureaucratic snafus!

    September 13, 2008 at 10:05 am |
  17. Emily

    I am sorry to see the devastation in Texas. Yet there are people on the east side which is traditionally the worst side of the storm located in Southwest Louisiana receiving no national coverage. Any mention of Louisiana just talks about New Orleans which isn't even in the direct path. Residents in both Calcasieu and Cameron Parish are cut off from the world.

    Thanks for no coverage-

    Emily Marsh

    September 13, 2008 at 9:50 am |
  18. EJ (USA)

    good – no injuries right?

    September 13, 2008 at 9:46 am |
  19. Kate

    As asked by Kathy, is anyone out in the Beaumont area? I hear there's flooding in Bridge City and West Orange.

    September 13, 2008 at 9:14 am |
  20. pati mc., camp hill, pa

    Morning Jason.,

    Know you guys are busy, but wanted to write and thank you for letting is know that the CNN team (whom we consider friends) are safe and sound. We were so concerned for you all being in Galveston.

    I can only imagine what you will find when you are able to venture outside. Look forward to your reports.

    Stay well,

    September 13, 2008 at 9:13 am |
  21. judyd

    Thank God CNN's crew are safe. Great reporting as always, sorry Rick loose the cnn cap. Take care and keep it safe!!!
    Editorial comment-–
    I was wondering what those emergency personnel were thinking to stay in a danger zone. This is emergency management planning 101, that should never happened. (I am a emergency management evaluator in PR)....

    September 13, 2008 at 8:39 am |
  22. Jack Van Horn

    I have been watching your coverage on hurricane Ike. I noticed
    some of your people standing out in the wind and rain reporting on the hurricane. So often they report the dangers of flying debris during these storm and yet they stand out there in these conditions with nothing more than a baseball cap or rain hood. Wouldn't it be wise to have them wear a protective helmet and face shield while being exposed to these dangerous storms? Please consider some protection before one of your reportes gets clobbered! You might even consider some Rainex solution applied to the face shied for improved vision during the heavy rain. Install a microphone for reporting and communication. Get creative and be safe. I'm watching out for ya! Jack

    September 13, 2008 at 8:35 am |
  23. Kathy

    I'm glad you and your's are good.
    Can someone check on Beamont, have elderly and and other family members who were determined to ride out storm around Amelia Street.

    September 13, 2008 at 8:32 am |
  24. Kathy

    Stay safe!

    September 13, 2008 at 8:19 am |