Hurricane Ike – 2008-10

Ike moves closer to Texas

At 10:00am CDT –

– Hurricane warning continues for Morgan City, Louisiana westward to
Baffin Bay, Texas.

– The center of Category 2 Hurricane Ike was located 195 miles
southeast of Galveston, Texas. Movement is towards the west-northwest
at 12mph and a turn towards the northwest is expected today. Maximum
sustained winds are 105mph and little change in strength is expected
prior to landfall. There is still a chance for Ike to become a
Category 3 hurricane. Minimum central pressure is 954mb.

– Preparations for Ike should be rushed to completion.

– Ike is a very large tropical cyclone, do not focus on the pinpoint
location or track.

– Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 120 miles and tropical
storm force winds to 275 miles.

– Landfall is expected near Freeport, Texas around 2-4am on Saturday.
However, hurricane force winds will reach the coast long before the
center.

Discussion:

No change to the intensity or track of Ike.

Latest official track for NHC has Ike traveling near Freeport and
Galveston. Since Ike took a westward wobble earlier today, this
forecast track seems reasonable.

Local media from Houston is reporting storm surge already impacting
coastal inland areas, including parts of Galveston Island.

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About Putnam Reiter

Putnam has been storm chasing since 1990 and is a co-founder of Hook-Echo.com. For his day job, Putnam works in emergency management for information technology.
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