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
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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