Sep 12, 2008
It's going to be a long night for the people of coastal Texas.
As Hurricane Ike whips up the waters of the Gulf of Mexico on its way toward land, hurricane-force wind gusts have already been reported on Galveston Island, according to the National Hurricane Center. The storm, which as of 10 p.m. Central Daylight Time was about 55 miles southeast of Galveston, is expected to make landfall near the city sometime around between 2 and 3 a.m. CDT.
The storm's sustained winds of 110 miles per hour make it a Category 2 hurricane, but another mile per hour would put it into Category 3.
The storm could cause flood surges of up to 25 feet. Earlier today, meteorologists warned residents of Galveston -- much of which is surrounded by a 17-foot-seawall -- told that any who remained in one- or two-story homes would face certain death. The Coast Guard abandoned efforts to rescue 22 crew members on the Cypriot freighter Antalina, about 90 miles off the coast of Galveston.
Sep 7, 2008 | 4
Hurricane Ike continued its path of destruction Sunday afternoon in the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos, as Cuba scrambled to evacuate residents of the eastern part of the country that the Category 4 hurricane is likely to slam into later today and tonight. The storm may weaken over Cuba, although it will likely remain a hurricane and will gain strength as it leaves the island nation and travels over the Gulf, Reuters reports.
Ike has wreaked havoc on island nations already suffering from the effects of Hurricane Gustav last week, making relief efforts even more difficult.
Meanwhile, Florida communities from the Keys to Naples were evacuating and declaring states of emergency. New Orleans and the rest of Louisiana, as well as the eastern Texas coast, are well within the National Hurricane Center's projected five-day path of the storm, which is subject to change. So are rigs that supply about a quarter of US oil.
Sep 6, 2008 | 2
The island nations of the Caribbean are bracing for more dangerous weather as Hurricane Ike maintains its strength. As of 11 p.m. EST Saturday, Ike was near or over Turks and Caicos, according to the National Weather Service, and was expected to hit the Bahamas tomorrow, followed by Cuba tomorrow night. The storm remains a dangerous Category 4 hurricane.
Meanwhile, Tropical Storm Hanna continues to drench the northeast US, with some areas getting as much as 8 inches of rain. Hanna should roll over Boston late Saturday night or early Sunday morning.
And there's a new member of the severe weather family: Tropical Storm Lowell has formed off the coast of Mexico, and is expected to drop 2-4 inches of rain in the country's southwestern mountains before possibly gathering enough steam to turn into a hurricane by Monday morning.
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