Ike causes damage in Houston/Galveston
At 8:00am CDT –
– Hurricane warning continues for Morgan City, Louisiana westward to
Port O'Connor, Texas. The hurricane warning will likely be
discontinued this morning.
– The center of Category 1 Hurricane Ike was located 20 miles
south-southeast of Huntsville (north of Houston). Movement is towards
the north at 18mph and a turn towards the north-northeast with an
increase in forward speed is expected later today. Maximum sustained
winds are near 90mph and weakening will occur. Minimum central
pressure is measured at 962mb.
– Hurricane Ike made landfall this morning around 2:15am CDT near
Galveston Island as a Category 2 Hurricane.
– Ike remains a very large tropical cyclone with hurricane force winds
extending outward to 125 miles and tropical storm force winds to 260
– Houston Hobby airport reported a wind gust of 92mph within the past
area. Tropical storm force winds are also being reported in southwest
Louisiana coastal areas.
– Houston media stations showing extensive damage to a some downtown
buildings, mainly windows blown out. The Chase Morgan building lost
the majority of the east facing windows.
– Conditions in Houston should rapidly improve by late morning.
Ike will continue to move away from Houston and will accelerate today
as it gets caught up in the mid-level flow. NHC forecast has Ike in
west-central Arkansas by Sunday 1:00am and then the northeast U.S. by
No other changes at this time, watching media for damage assessment
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