For those who follow Punxsutarney Phil and his winter predictions, he DID see his shadow this morning.
Six more weeks of winter. Legend has it that if Phil emerges from his hole and sees his shadow, he returns to his abode to wait six weeks for warmer weather.
Then again, he could have emerged from his hole, saw the election results, which I am sure he hibernated through, and decided to just go back to bed.
Much of the country is covered in ice and snow. While we have been spared the ice and snow here in South Arkansas, those just to the north of us weren’t so lucky. Alan Burkhart has some great photos of the Southeast Missouri ice storm HERE.
Beware of those crunchy leaves!
Much of Galveston Island is under water tonight as Hurricane Ike nears landfall. The devastating storm is the worst-case scenario for Galveston and Houston and is slamming parts of Louisiana still recovering from Hurricane Gustav.
The AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center reports that the massive storm surge, which could be as high as 20 feet, will be the most devastating impact from the potentially deadly hurricane.
Hurricane and tropical storm watches and warnings cover the Gulf Coast from South Texas to the border of Mississippi and Alabama.
The wall of water being pushed through the Gulf by Ike reached coastal areas Friday morning. As Ike makes landfall, Galveston and Houston will be in the path of the potentially lethal northeast quadrant of the storm.
Anyone still on the island and in the low-lying areas between Galveston and Houston tonight faces grave danger. Appearing on the Fox News Channel earlier today, Texas Gov. Rick Perry urged the estimated 14,500 residents believed to be on the barrier island to leave. More from Accuweather
In the “here we go again” department….
Tropical storm conditions have reached the Louisiana coast this evening with hurricane conditions arriving late tonight. Gustav is expected to make landfall late Monday morning as a Category 2 or 3 storm.
According to the AccuWeather.com Hurricane Center, despite some weakening throughout the day Sunday, Gustav remained a Category 3 storm Sunday evening. While cooler surf temperatures south of Louisiana may allow Gustave to weaken slightly before landfall, conditions will continue to deteriorate along the central Gulf of Mexico Coast tonight as spiral bands of rain, thunderstorms and winds increase in intensity with the approaching hurricane.
At 7:00 p.m. CDT, Gustav was 175 miles south-southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi River, moving northwest at about 17 mph. Maximum sustained winds are near 115 mph. A line of thunderstorms, associated with Gustav pushed in from the east Sunday evening and brought a wind gust close to 50 mph at New Orleans, Lakefront Airport shortly after 8:00 p.m, CDT. More from Accuweather
We hope everyone stays safe as this storm makes landfall tomorrow. Hurricanes are nothing to play around in – “hurricane parties” are for idiots…. NOLA, we hope, learned from the disaster of a hurricane who’s name I refuse to type – I’m so sick of hearing about it. Gov. Bobby Jindal seems to have it together and is preparing his state for the worst.
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone in harm’s way.
GALVESTON — Tropical Storm Edouard formed in the Gulf of Mexico on Sunday and could make landfall near Galveston by Tuesday morning, said forecasters with the National Hurricane Center in Miami. Edouard is the hurricane season’s fifth named storm.What had been a cluster of storms around a low-pressure system on Saturday was upgraded to a tropical depression Sunday afternoon and then to a tropical storm at 5 p.m. on Sunday. Forecasters expect the storm will strengthen.
The storm was hugging the Louisiana coast and moving west. A tropical storm watch was in effect from Port Arthur to Galveston.
John Simsen, the emergency management coordinator for Galveston County, said local emergency management officials were preparing for what could be a Category 1 hurricane when Edouard makes landfall. Mary Jo Nashke, the emergency management spokeswoman for the city of Galveston, said the city’s emergency operations center would open at 6 a.m. today. More from Galveston Daily News