Jed, in the words of the vernacular South, tell your wife to "Hush, yo mouth!" I don't think she wants the kind of weather that comes in off the Gulf even though it's "interesting". After Katrina three years ago and Gustav last week, even those of us that are 150+ miles from the Gulf don't want any more of this for a while.
Not much in the way of details on Galveston or Houston is coming out yet. I guess the media either can't get back in or they're not able to get communications out yet. I'd expect based on the pre-landfall stats on storm surge that Galveston and Houston (ship channel area) will probably look like the Mississippi Gulf Coast did after Katrina. Hope not, but the water got awfully high.