September 13th, 2008
08:42 AM ET

Swaying in the wind

Jay Schexnyder
CNN Photojournalist
Galveston, Texas

Ike is pounding the hotel. The whole structure is swaying and vibrating! I'd just fallen asleep after 25 hours of being awake, now I've been jolted to life by pounding on the door. A policeman barked, "Go to shelter on second floor!"

The buffeting, roaring wind is freezing me, but maybe I should run. Conflicted.

The walls are thundering. I hear cracking above (the roof peeling away?). Searing, blistering rain against my balcony window. I see the waves below, tops sheared and ramming into the sea wall.

It's the swaying that's getting to me. I'm getting sea-sick, fighting fear and awe. The power of this thing seems evil (fear) and overpowering (awe).

The wobbling of my room, this Blackberry glowing in the dark transfixes me. I'm still not moving.

The first light of dawn is creeping in. I will go down soon. I've lived through plenty of storms. This is a new experience: throbbing walls and swaying buildings....throbbing fatigue and swaying isolation.

Filed under: Hurricane Ike
soundoff (53 Responses)
  1. Candace Davila

    My family and I watched with horrified faces the shots of destruction and devastation from our safe home in Salt Lake City, Utah. Having lived through Alicia and numerous tropical storms and depressions, I can't tell you how good it is to be out of there. Not to have to worry about the batteries and the water and the food and are the cars going to be ok, what about the trees...Yea, it's cold here in the winter, but that's what blankets are for and fireplaces that actually work. We keep food on hand just in case we can't get to the store a block away, but to go through the hurricane season again and again...I still have the scar on my leg from dropping the cinderblock to put the furniture up on. We don't miss it. Houston is not worth the problems in living there. So sorry for all you good folks who suffer. God bless you.

    September 15, 2008 at 12:16 am |
  2. hawk , Texas

    I live 200 miles north east of houston in shelby county. and as rough as it got here i would not have wanted to be closer. but ike passed right over us. we had over 70 miles an hour wind here, all power was out. i just got mine back on this evening. lots of trees down here. and a lot of roofs missing.

    September 14, 2008 at 10:05 pm |
  3. Bill T.

    Great photo journalism. Thanks CNN for the coverage.

    We are just now emerging. Power just restored to our Katy, Tx neighborhood.

    Going through Ike was like going through an earthquake with wind. This coming from someone who when through the Sylmar and Northridge quakes.

    Stay safe!

    September 14, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
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