CNN Media Producer
In Bacliff, many residents not evacuating...
When asked how he has prepared for the storm, resident Steven Alexander said "it ain’t nothing but a little wind and rain." Steven said he’s been nearly a lifelong resident of Bacliff, but he hadn’t done any preparations for Hurricane Ike; he was only concerned with flooding. This sentiment is shared with several other residents of the small Galveston Bay town.
Charles Slaydon has also lived in Bacliff his entire life, and he survived a typhoon during Vietnam war while staying on a Navy ship. Slaydon runs a local business repairing and buildings masts for boats, and joked that the hurricane could "break every one of those masts." But Slaydon, who carries his pet parrot, Gracie, on his shoulder, also acknowledged that Ike is going to be a lot worse than the locals expect, saying "there’s a lot of people who don’t think this storm is as bad as its going to be, but it’s a bad boy".
CNN Senior Photographer
It's been a while since I covered my last hurricane and I forgot just how frightening, exhilirating, majestic and physically tiring it can be.
After a day of live shots along the Galveston seawall, it was decided to move to a safer location in a parking garage. The trip to the parking garage was about 200 yards but it as like walking into a blizzard.
The rain has been driving so hard it hurts. The only way to move was forward and slowly careful not to drop the camera, I inched my way through a debris field of what remained of the wall. FULL POST
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CNN Field Producer
We were on Surfside Beach Thursday night for a live report for AC36O°. The island was deserted and other than the waves crashing against the seawall it was completely peaceful.
The next morning we returned and the island was under water. Many of the two thousand or so residents who live there built their homes on stilts to prevent flooding. I am not sure it will do much against the eighteen plus feet of storm surge that Ike is predicted to bring.
Police helped the last few holdouts evacuate. Some came on jetskis. Others wading with pets in arms. Police say one resident, a man, refused to leave and will ride out the storm in a flooded city with no power, alone.
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