I have been lucky to spend my life in three great port cities: Liverpool, New York and Houston. Currently in Manhattan I sat transfixed, watching television coverage of Hurricane Ike. Quick calls the following morning to friends and loved ones assured me they all made it through the worst.
We lost our beachfront home in Galveston from Hurricane Alicia in 1983. The storm also altered the coastline so we lost the property it stood on as well.
Waiting for power to be restored, the cleanup already begins.
Residents walks next to the damaged windows of the JP Morgan Chase Tower caused by Hurricane Ike in Houston September 13, 2008. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)
Residents stand next to the damaged windows of the JP Morgan Chase Tower caused by Hurricane Ike in Houston September 13, 2008. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)
The damaged windows of a parking garage building caused by Hurricane Ike are seen in downtown Houston September 13, 2008. (Carlos Barria/Reuters)
A police car carefully makes its way under a fallen oak tree blocking the street in front of Houston City Hall after Hurricane Ike struck the area, September 13, 2008. (Richard Carson/Reuters)
Boats and debris are seen surrounding waterfront houses on Galveston Island after the passing of Hurricane Ike, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008. The storm roared ashore hours before daybreak with 110 mph winds and towering waves, smashing houses, flooding thousands of homes, blowing out windows in Houston's skyscrapers, and cutting off power to more than 3 million people, perhaps for weeks. (AP Photo/Smiley N. Pool, Pool)
A man searches through debris left along Seawall Blvd. by Hurricane Ike in Galveston, Texas. Rescuers picked through a trail of devastation in Texas on Saturday after Ike flattened hundreds of homes, flooded barrier islands and knocked out power to millions of people. (AFP/Getty Images/Scott Olson)
A cat looks down from a a tree in the flooded West End section of Galveston, Texas, after hurricane Ike hit the area Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
A tugboat works to move a ship away from an oil barge in the Houston Ship Channel where ships and Port of Houston traffic were affected by the storm surge and winds of Hurricane Ike September 13, 2008. REUTERS/Richard Carson (UNITED STATES)
An aerial view shows damage caused to the roof of Reliant Stadium, home of the NFL's Houston Texans, in Houston September 13, 2008. The Houston Astrodome is in the background. Hurricane Ike slammed the Texas and Louisiana coast on Saturday with ferocious winds and a wall of water that flooded hundreds of miles, cut power to millions and caused billions of dollars in damage. REUTERS/David J. Phillip/Pool (UNITED STATES)