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Old 09-20-2008, 08:47 AM   #11
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I'm one of those who have been hunkering down in Houston. About half the power in my neighborhood has been restored, including mine.Yesterday I saw that picture done by local news crews who've done flyovers, so I'm thinking it must be right.

Yes, new construction. I'm not familiar with Galveston code. The past several years building a home that can withstand a Cat 5 has been an attractive selling point.
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Old 09-20-2008, 03:07 PM   #12
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Yeah, it did turn out to be real. Crazy!
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Old 09-20-2008, 03:24 PM   #13
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It did lose it's upper most deck of p.t. lumber, some balisters, lattice, the fountain on ground level and some roof shingles.
And if you look at the area picture, it looks like a few more homes withstood the storm. (to the top and alittle to the left)
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Old 09-20-2008, 04:25 PM   #14
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Give me 5 minutes and I can put anything on that landscape.
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Old 09-20-2008, 04:47 PM   #15
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Give me 5 minutes and I can put anything on that landscape.
Same here I've put people into photos, and taken them out (and I don't mean cropping them out), and the people I show them to can't tell

Although, since someone mentioned a hurricane-proof house, I did see one in the Florida Keys that claims to be hurricane-proof - if I remember right, it's an historic ranger station. Can't remember exactly where. It has vertical joists (I guess you'd call them that) that are sunk into concrete in the ground and then attach to the ceiling/roof with huge bolts, to hold the roof on. It's been a while, so I've forgotten the other features it has.
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Old 09-20-2008, 04:55 PM   #16
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I would hope that any respectful photographer would not photoshop anything!

It would ruin his reputation, wouldn't it?
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Old 09-20-2008, 05:00 PM   #17
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I would hope that any respectful photographer would not photoshop anything!

It would ruin his reputation, wouldn't it?
Well, take a look at the site - it boasts that the news is "Unedited. Unfiltered." To me, that means unverified Like any other blog, anyone can say anything they want, whether it's true or not. As my dad always said when I was growing up, "Don't believe everything you read." Or everything you see.
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Old 09-20-2008, 05:31 PM   #18
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I'm finding it hard to believe, looking at the totally flattened area surrounding this house, that virtually nothing is damaged. I don't think it's possible for this to happen. EVERYTHING gone and this house is left with almost no damage at all and intact? Hmmm someone is using some clever photo tricks.
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Old 09-20-2008, 05:35 PM   #19
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I'm finding it hard to believe, looking at the totally flattened area surrounding this house, that virtually nothing is damaged. I don't think it's possible for this to happen. EVERYTHING gone and this house is left with almost no damage at all and intact? Hmmm someone is using some clever photo tricks.
The house sustained severe damage DQ - look much closer!!!!

The only thing I question is the coloring of that upper deck on the right. And that house is NOT the only house standing.
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Old 09-20-2008, 06:24 PM   #20
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The woman's sister responded already about that house on a website. It was destroyed after Rita and they had it rebuilt to withstand a category 5 storm.
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