Residents of Galveston Island recently faced this question, and, according to reports I’ve seen, nearly 40% of its population chose the latter. They decided to ride out Hurricane Ike, which made landfall on Saturday morning around 2:00 a.m. local time. They made this decision in light of the following: Meteorologists were predicting an upper Texas coast landfall as early as Tuesday. Meteorologists, in light of a near census among computer models, forecast a Galveston Island landfall early Wednesday. Mandatory evacuations for parts of the island were ordered as early as Wednesday evening; the entire island and many parts of south Houston were under mandatory evacuations by noon Thursday. The National Weather Service office in Houston/Galveston issued a very strong statement on Thursday evening, and I quote: "All neighborhoods ... and possibly entire coastal communities ... will be inundated during the peak storm tide. Persons not heeding evacuation orders in single-family one- or two-story homes will face certain death." Yikes.