Houston Residents Survey Ike's Destruction

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HOUSTON - Ike is the first hurricane to make a direct hit on a major American city since Katrina. And in this case, the bullseye centered on downtown.

Some of the worst destruction hit the middle of downtown. One resident said it's as if someone came in with a machine gun and went up and down these buildings. No, it was Hurricane Ike.

"They're talking about this being the worst building in downtown, and it's worse than I thought it would be," resident Dave George said.

George came out in the rain to check if his window office on the seventh floor of the 75-floor J.P. Morgan Chase Tower was now an open air office. Ike's howling winds ripped out hundreds of these windows and sucked out their venetian blinds.

"I have a window office, which is usually considered a good thing. Maybe not right now!" he said.

But in other parts of Houston, people weren't laughing quite so much. Natylnn Micheaux is still trying to recover from being scared out of her wits by Ike's ferocity.

"You're talking about eight hours of constant terror.the house just shaking and trembling," she said.

She showed us the destruction all around her yard - destruction she has no idea how she can afford to repair.

"The gate as far as this part came down and then came up against the house," Micheaux said, about the gate that stretched around her yard. It was completely flattened. "And trust me, I thought it was really going to go through the house."

An entire section of that fence was missing.

CBN News: "So the rest of the fence that we don't see, you don't know where it went?"

Micheaux: "It's gone. Don't know where it is."

John Leon believes it wasn't just a hurricane that threw this tree down on his daughter's car, but a tornado.

"Definitely a tornado, because you ride the neighborhood, you can see everything all twisted down," he said.

But tornadoes or hurricane, the people of Houston are trying to recover now from all the downed trees, the flooded streets, the blows to their property.

Making it even more excruciating is some 3 million of them and their fellow Texans have no power, and may not for weeks. For some, there's no gas, no fresh water.

The hurricane's gone; the misery for many remains.

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