Why Ike Could Be Texas' Worst Nightmare
As Hurricane Ike revs up again over the Gulf of Mexico, residents of coastal Texas, especially Houston and Galveston, are preparing for the arrival of the monstrous storm, which could be the most devastating that the Lone Star State has seen Hurricane Alicia came ashore near Galveston in 1983, causing nearly $6 billion in damage and 21 fatalities.
Ike is huge. Hurricane-force winds extend out 115 miles (185 kilometers) from the storm's center, and tropical storm-force winds reach out 275 miles (445 km), both measurement exceeding what's seen with many storms. Ike could reach major hurricane status as a Category 3 before it makes landfall late Friday or early Saturday morning somewhere along the Texas coast.
And right now it looks like that somewhere will be the Houston/Galveston area.
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