Ike impacting the Texas Gulf Coast
At 4:00pm CDT –
– Hurricane warning remains posted for Morgan City, Louisiana westward
to north of Port Aransas, Texas.
– The center of Category 2 Hurricane Ike was located 135 miles
southeast of Galveston. Movement is towards the west-northwest at
12mph and a turn towards the northwest is expected soon, with a turn
northward on Saturday. Maximum sustained winds are 105mph and little
change in strength is expected prior to landfall. Minimum central
pressure is 955mb.
– Ike is a very large tropical cyclone, do not focus on the pinpoint
track or location.
– Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 120 miles from the center
and tropical storm force winds to 275 miles.
– Storm surge of up to 20 feet above normal with isolated areas of 25
feet is likely near and east of the center.
– A gauge indicates that the water level has risen more than 9 feet on
part of Galveston Island, per the latest NHC discussion.
– Landfall remains likely near Freeport around 2:00am Saturday.
However, hurricane force winds will reach this area within the next
few hours and spread inland this evening.
There are no changes to the forecast regarding Ike. Ike should turn
north shortly after landfall and this will take it near Houston. Ike
should continue northward to near Huntsville and then north-northeast
into Arkansas. By late Saturday Ike will be caught up in the
mid-level flow and should be traveling quite rapidly. This will at
least get it out of Texas quickly and allow for reentry into the
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