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Texas’s 82-foot-tall storm-gate plan may have some gaping holes

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Popular Science
 2021-06-15

Cover picture for the articleEric Bender is a science writer based in Boston who primarily covers biomedical research. This story originally featured on Undark. When Hurricane Ike made landfall in 2008, Bill Merrell took shelter on the second floor of a historic brick building in downtown Galveston, Texas, along with his wife, their daughter, their grandson, and two Chihuahuas. Sustained winds of 110 mph lashed the building. Seawater flooded the ground floor to a depth of over 8 feet. Once, in the night, Merrell caught glimpses of a near-full moon and realized they had entered the hurricane’s eye.

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