This amazing prognosis is from NOAA via Jeff Masters’ blog:
If this pans out the Gulf Coast may not be the only problem; the Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio valleys may have serious problems as well. That’s a lotta wotta.
Of course, it now seems that there will be huge problems in Galveston and possibly, depending sensitively on the last minute track, on Houston. Just thought I’d point out that this isn’t entirely over when Ike leaves Texas.
It’s clouding up in Austin. Better get going so I can pick up things in my backyard that might get loose. Catch you guys on the other side of this.
Update: Most of the rainfall event was 9/14; I’d call it a good prediction. Data from NOAA.
There’s an article about the midwest floods at TIME. It was apparently the largest 24-hour rainfall on record at O’Hare airport in Chicago.