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2008-09-17 09:05:00

Some areas of Texas hit by Hurricane Ike may be without electricity for several weeks, utility officials said. Meanwhile, city officials in hard-hit Galveston, Texas, suspended their look-and-leave policy that allowed residents to return to check on their homes, The Galveston County Daily News reported CenterPoint Energy officials said up to half of its customers in Houston and surrounding areas may be without power for up to a week, the Houston Chronicle reported Wednesday. The company...

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...

2008-09-16 09:00:28

From wire reports GALVESTON, Texas Entire subdivisions obliterated. Oil and chemical slicks in the surf where vacationers once frolicked. Longhorn cattle roaming desolate streets. But, most stunning of all, no more deaths. Grim scenes greeted rescuers Monday as they penetrated the areas hardest-hit by Hurricane Ike, two days after it thrashed the Texas Gulf Coast and left thousands homeless. The Bolivar Peninsula and the west end of Galveston Island saw some of the heaviest damage...

2008-09-16 09:00:04

By Andre Coe and Chris Duncan Associated Press HOUSTON -- 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 Monday as 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 was still coming into focus, with rescue teams finally...

2008-09-15 16:13:07

As Hurricane Ike's floodwaters begin to recede from Galveston, Texas, and other areas of the Gulf Coast, emergency responders are surveying the storm's damage and rescuing thousands of residents who ignored evacuation orders. There are many reasons why some people don't heed evacuation notices - some think they can ride out the winds and surging waters, while others simply have nowhere to go and no way to leave. Still others remember unnecessary evacuations from botched forecasts and...

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 09:05:00

By IAN URBINA By Ian Urbina The New York Times GALVESTON, Texas For thousands of people stuck on an increasingly fetid Galveston Island, the aftermath of Hurricane Ike is proving to be far worse than the storm itself. With no water or power, no working toilets, no food or phones, there were growing public health concerns Sunday. More than 2,000 residents who had defied an evacuation order lined up to be taken off the island, and state officials tried to ensure that no one could return...

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2008-09-15 09:05:00

By Allen G. Breed / Associated Press SABINE PASS, Texas -- As Hurricane Ike's floodwaters receded, thousands of volunteers went into waist-deep waters along the Texas coast to perform a remarkable feat: Float through every flooded street, knock on every door, find every person who stayed through the storm. They found a 5-year-old boy who crashed through an attic. They found an elderly woman who stuck out the storm with her soggy dog. But usually, they weren't finding bodies. Authorities...

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 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...


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