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Latest Effects of Hurricane Ike in Texas Stories

2008-09-18 09:00:07

By Jon Gambrell Associated Press GALVESTON, Texas -- Residents trying to get back to this hurricane-ravaged city Wednesday spent hours fuming in gridlocked traffic, only to be turned away at the bridge by officials worried that the crippled island can't accommodate that many people. Traffic backed up for 20 miles along I-45, the one route onto Galveston Island, with residents jockeying for position with utility workers, repair crews and police trying to begin repairs to the city wrecked...

2008-09-18 06:00:28

By James C. McKinley Jr. Sheryl Gay Stolberg contributed reporting from Houston, and Thayer Evans from Galveston, Texas. * An army of line crews from 31 states has converged on eastern Texas to help deal with the largest power failure in this large state's history. Officials say they fear it could take weeks to restore power in some places, like Galveston and the towns near the Louisiana border, because Hurricane Ike knocked out major transmission lines, substations have been...

2008-09-18 03:00:12

Thousands of victims of Hurricane Ike settled in at shelters for what could be weeks, and others waited wearily in line for food, water, ice and gasoline yesterday. It became increasingly clear the disaster along the Texas coast would be measured not by its death toll but by the misery it spread. Almost three days after the storm steamrolled the coast, the extent of the damage still was coming into focus, with rescue teams finally reaching some of the hardest- hit and most inaccessible...

2008-09-17 09:00:04

By Juana Long Associated Press GALVESTON, Texas -- The few hundred holdouts on Texas' ravaged Bolivar Peninsula will be required to leave in the next few days, and officials said Tuesday they are ready to use emergency powers to empty the barrier island scraped clean by Hurricane Ike. Judge Jim Yarbrough, the top elected official in Galveston County, said the roughly 250 people who defied warnings they would be killed if they rode out the storm in the rural coastal community are a "hardy...

2008-09-17 06:00:24

By James C. McKinley Jr. Cornelia Dean and Thayer Evans contributed reporting from Galveston, Texas, Staci Semrad from Austin, Texas, and Rachel Mosteller from Houston. * The U.S. government has started distributing tons of food and water to residents across southeast Texas, with long lines forming as those who tried to cope without electrical power search for basic necessities. Aerial surveys showed Monday that Hurricane Ike had destroyed most of the houses on Bolivar Peninsula,...

2008-09-15 21:00:14

Officials blamed at least 28 deaths on Ike, the hurricane that cut a path of destruction across several states before breaking up in the nation's midsection. It's also likely to be the second most costly storm in U.S. history, with some damage estimates above the $20 billion mark, the Christian Science Monitor reported. Meanwhile, relief trucks have begun rolling into Texas, bringing ice, water and food, the Monitor reported. On Galveston Island, search and rescue officials said health...

2008-09-15 12:00:30

by The Associated Press Oil companies along the Texas coast shut down refining and drilling operations as Hurricane Ike swept through the Gulf of Mexico on Friday, Sept. 12. But crude oil on the futures market briefly sank below the psychologically important $100-a-barrel mark for the first time since Apr. 2 -- showing that investors believe a worsening global economy will continue to drive down demand for some time in the U.S. and elsewhere. The fact that U.S. fuel demand is so weak...

2008-09-15 09:05:00

An altered workweek began Monday as Houston city workers were to return to work while search-and-rescue teams looked for people stranded by Hurricane Ike. U.S. President George Bush said he will visit Texas Tuesday, warning it's "going to require time for people to recover," CNN reported. U.S. Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff said 80 trucks carrying food and water were heading for Houston. Texas Gov. Rick Perry said 15 points of distribution for food and water would open Monday....

2008-09-15 06:00:00

By Clifford Krauss and Ian Urbina Clifford Krauss reported from Houston and Ian Urbina from Galveston, Texas. Reporting was contributed by James C. McKinley from Houston, Thayer Evans from Galveston, Rick Rojas from College Station, Texas, and Anahad O'Connor from New York. * Emergency officials pursued their rescue efforts Sunday after Hurricane Ike barreled across a wide swath of Texas, deluging the city of Galveston with a wall of water, flooding coastal towns and leaving extensive...

2008-09-14 12:00:21

Hurricane Ike bore down on the heart of the U.S. energy industry Friday, leaving most production idled and threatening a fifth of the nation's refining capacity with howling winds and a wall of high water. Forecasters expected the storm, packing strong winds, to hit near Houston early Saturday. Oil companies shut down about 25 percent of the U.S. crude oil production and nearly 22 percent of the refined fuel production as a precaution. "Hurricane Ike is a gigantic Category 2 monster and is...