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Ike Arrives

Got the link from Fark.com: raw footage from Houston news source khou.com showing waves topping the seawall in Galveston early saturday morning.

The wave action starts around 5 minutes in, and there's some really great "churning" at 11:20.

I should add that the first time I came across the term "disaster porn" was in a Pat Cadigan novel, so I feel compelled to state for the record that I don't usually seek this sort of coverage out. My childhood home got pretty seriously flooded this summer, so I do understand the human impact of weather; but it is true that we choose to live in areas that are prone to this sort of thing for good reasons and it is a tribute to our engineering that we can and sometimes do build structures that can take episodic poundings like this.

And wow! Check out those waves and think about the amount of energy they're carrying to the shore.

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