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Latest Effects of Hurricane Ike in Texas Stories

2008-09-14 12:00:02

By Christopher Sherman and Pauline Arrillaga Associated Press HOUSTON -- Rescuers in boats, helicopters and high-water trucks fanned out along the flood-stricken Texas coast Saturday in a monumental effort to reach tens of thousands of people who stubbornly ignored warnings and tried to ride out Hurricane Ike. The storm roared ashore hours before daybreak with 110 mph winds and towering waves, smashing houses, flooding thousands of homes, blowing out windows in Houston's skyscrapers, and...

2008-09-14 09:00:19

By MICHAEL KUNZELMAN By Michael Kunzelman The Associated Press LAKE CHARLES, La. Southwest Louisiana was spared a direct hit from Hurricane Ike, but a 16-year-old drowned in a storm surge that crawled 30 miles inland, flooding tens of thousands of homes and making many roads impassable. Rescue crews launched about 30 boats Saturday to look for stranded residents in coastal Cameron Parish, a day after 160 people were plucked from the floodwaters near Lake Charles. A nursing home...

2008-09-14 09:00:02

By JAMES C MCKINLEY JR. By James C. McKinley Jr. and Clifford Krauss The New York Times HOUSTON Hurricane Ike barreled across a wide swath of Texas on Saturday, deluging the city of Galveston with a wall of water, flooding coastal towns and leaving extensive damage across metropolitan Houston. With wind gusts approaching 100 mph, the 600-mile-wide Category 2 hurricane peeled sheets of steel off skyscrapers in Houston, smashed bus shelters and blew out windows, sending shattered...

2008-09-12 17:03:37

As Hurricane Ike races toward Texas, it is pushing a mound of water in front of it that could inundate parts of the Gulf coast with up to 25 feet of water. The surge involves some incredible feats of physics, and in many hurricanes it's the leading cause of death. Galveston Island, Texas, destroyed at least once before by a major hurricane in 1900, began to see the Ike-related water creeping up along its beaches Thursday and by Friday, parts of the city of Galveston were flooded by the...

2008-09-13 12:00:14

By Michael Kunzelman Associated Press LAKE CHARLES, La. -- Storm surge driven by Hurricane Ike breached levees in coastal Louisiana Friday and flooded hundreds of homes in areas along the Gulf of Mexico still recovering from Gustav. About 1,800 homes and business flooded in coastal Cameron Parish as the storm churned toward expected landfall in Texas, said Gov. Bobby Jindal, and he expected water to eventually inundate all 2,900 homes in the area. Flooded homes were reported in other...

2008-09-13 12:00:14

By Juan A. Lozano and Pauline Arrillaga Associated Press GALVESTON, Texas -- Hurricane Ike bore down on the Texas coast late Friday with driving rain, crashing waves and fierce gusts, threatening to rattle the skyscrapers of America's fourth-largest city, shut down the heart of the U.S. oil industry and obliterate towns already flooded with waist-high water. Though nearly 1 million people evacuated coastal communities in the days leading up to the storm, tens of thousands ignored calls to...

2008-09-13 12:00:04

Emergency officials say it may be several weeks before power can be restored to nearly five million people left in the dark by Hurricane Ike. Ike slammed ashore Saturday knocking out power in Houston and to coastal communities as far east as Cameron Parish in Louisiana, the Houston Chronicle reported, noting at least three storm-related deaths had been reported. Emergency officials were preparing to assess the damage as soon as it was safe to move around outside, especially in Galveston,...

2008-09-13 09:00:20

U.S. emergency management officials said Saturday they are planning to move large electrical generators into areas of Texas ravaged by Hurricane Ike. Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator David Paulison said the biggest impediment to assisting those affected by the storm will be widespread power outages in the Houston area, so generators will be moved next to hospitals and water plants, CNN reported. CenterPoint Energy reported 1.8 million of its 2 million Houston-area...

2008-09-12 18:15:00

Hurricane Ike's storm surge overwashed barrier islands on the Texas coast Friday afternoon with the center of the storm hours away from landfall. On Galveston Island, a 6-foot storm surge pounded 17-foot-high seawalls, the Houston Chronicle reported. Water sloshed into downtown streets by mid-afternoon. At least some residents stayed behind in spite of an unusually strong warning from the National Weather Service. Forecasters warned that anyone in one- and two-story houses faced "certain...

2008-09-12 12:00:03

Residents along the Texas Gulf coast headed to more protected areas Friday, trying to escape potent Hurricane Ike before it makes landfall. Ike moved through the Gulf of Mexico at about 12 mph, and was about 295 miles east of Corpus Christi and about 320 miles southeast of Galveston, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said. The center said Ike's eye should be near the upper Texas coast late Friday or early Saturday. However, the NHC said because of Ike's size, weather conditions would...