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2008-09-12 11:45:00

Experts attribute Hurricane Ike's projected storm surge inland to its large mass rather than its strength, meaning that residents of coastal Texas and Louisiana can expect more water and larger waves. The National Hurricane Center also said that since coastal waters in Texas and Louisiana are so shallow, larger storm surges are expected. Storm surges are the primary killer in hurricanes. Experts at the center expect a 20-foot surge for a large swath of Texas and the Louisiana coasts....

2008-09-12 06:00:32

By Paul Davidson Wholesale gasoline prices rose Thursday as Hurricane Ike roared through the Gulf of Mexico, threatening Texas oil refineries and raising fears that prices at the pump could again climb to nosebleed territory -- if only briefly. Spot wholesale gasoline prices in the Gulf region hit a record $4.78 a gallon, up about $1.50 from Wednesday, says Tom Kloza, chief oil analyst at the Oil Price Information Service. Nationally, spot prices rose 50 cents to about $3.25. If the...

2008-09-11 21:00:05

By JUAN A. LOZANO Hurricane Ike, with sustained winds of 100 mph, is set to hit Texas this weekend. HOUSTON - Authorities in the Houston area and along the Southeast Texas Gulf Coast ordered hundreds of thousands of people to evacuate today as Ike bore down with hurricane-force winds that stretched across more than 200 miles and could gain even more strength. Forecasters expected the storm's center to reach land this weekend somewhere between Corpus Christi and Houston, potentially...

2008-09-11 15:05:00

Hurricane Ike grew in size but not strength as it churned through the Gulf of Mexico Thursday toward the Texas coast, forecasters said. Ike's shift toward the Houston area pushed emergency officials to call for a mandatory evacuation of residents in areas that would be affected by a storm surge, the Houston Chronicle reported. Galveston, Texas, Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas expanded an evacuation order to include Galveston Island. Harris County Judge Ed Emmett called for mandatory evacuations of...

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2008-09-11 09:05:00

By Monica Rhor / Associated Press The frail and elderly were put aboard buses Wednesday and authorities warned 1 million others to flee inland as Hurricane Ike steamed toward a swath of the Texas coast that includes the nation's largest concentration of refineries and chemical plants. Drawing energy from the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, the strengthening storm was expected to blow ashore early Saturday somewhere between Corpus Christi and Houston, with some forecasts saying it could...

2008-09-10 12:00:05

HURRICANE Ike moved across the Gulf of Mexico today heading towards Texas after toppling ageing Havana buildings in Cuba. Forecasters said the Category-1 storm was strengthening over open waters and could grow to a massive Category-3 storm before slamming into Texas, northern Mexico or western Louisiana. Ike has already killed at least 80 people in the Caribbean. Texas put 7,500 National Guard members on standby and urged coastal residents to stock up on supplies. Cuban state television...

2008-09-10 09:00:24

Hurricane Ike chugged toward the Texas coastline as forecasters Wednesday said the storm should gather steam before making landfall near Corpus Christi. Ike is forecast to land between Corpus Christi and Port Lavaca, Texas, late Friday, AccuWeather.com reported. The outer effects of the storm, packing torrential rains and destructive winds, were expected to impact an area from Houston south to Brownsville, forecasters said. After spending two days buffeting Cuba with high winds, drenching...

2008-09-08 21:00:01

By Brian Skoloff KEY WEST, Fla. - With powerful Hurricane Ike on an uncertain course toward the Gulf of Mexico, many on these low-lying islands took a wait-and-see approach to evacuating Sunday, perhaps a harbinger of attitudes to come from Gulf Coast residents returning from an arduous evacuation and already showing signs of "hurricane fatigue." Forecasts show Ike bearing down on Cuba and skirting Key West early Tuesday on a trek to the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, slowly...

2008-09-08 15:00:02

Cuba said goodbye, for now, to Hurricane Ike, its rain and 100-mph winds as it pushed out over water, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said Monday The center said Hurricane Ike was located about 250 miles east-southeast of Havana, the NHC said. The storm was moving westward at about 14 mph, and NHC forecasters said they expected the storm to move west-northwest later Monday. A hurricane warning remained in effect in at least a dozen Cuban provinces. Ike's center is expected to...

2008-09-08 09:00:04

By BRIAN SKOLOFF By Brian Skoloff The Associated Press KEY WEST, Fla. With powerful Hurricane Ike on an uncertain course toward the Gulf of Mexico, many on these low-lying islands took a wait-and-see approach to evacuation orders Sunday, perhaps a harbinger of the attitudes to come from Louisiana and Texas residents returned from an arduous evacuation and already showing signs of "hurricane fatigue." Forecasts show Ike crossing Cuba and skirting Key West by Tuesday on a trek to the...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'