December 11, 2009

Hurricane Ike hits Houston

In Memory. Some info: Hurricane Ike was the largest hurricane ever observed in the Atlantic basin and the third most destructive hurricane to ever make landfall in the United States.
It was the ninth named storm, fifth hurricane and third major hurricane of the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season.
It was a Cape Verde-type hurricane, as it started as a tropical disturbance near Africa at the end of August.
On September 1, 2008, it became a tropical storm west of the Cape Verde islands.
By the early morning hours of September 4, Ike was a Category 4 hurricane, with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph (230 km/h) and a pressure of 935 mbar (27.61 inHg)
That made it the most intense Atlantic storm of 2008. Ike passed over the Turks and Caicos Islands as Category 4, with winds 135 mph (217 km/h) on September 7.
Moving west along Cuba, it made 2 landfalls as a Category 4 hurricane on September 7 and a Category 1 hurricane on September 9.
Ike made its final landfall over Galveston, Texas as a strong Category 2 hurricane, with Category 5 equivalent storm surge, on September 13, 2008 at 2:10 a.m. CDT. Hurricane-force winds extended 120 miles (193 km) from the center.
Ike was blamed for at least 195 deaths.
Of these, 74 were in Haiti, which was already trying to recover from the impact of three storms earlier that year: Fay, Gustav, and Hanna.
In the United States, 112 people were killed, and over 300 are still missing.
Due to its immense size, Ike caused devastation from the Louisiana coastline all the way to the Kenedy County, Texas region near Corpus Christi, Texas
In addition, Ike caused flooding and significant damage along the Mississippi coastline and the Florida Panhandle.
Damages from Ike in US coastal and inland areas are estimated at $24 billion (2008 USD), with additional damage of $7.3 billion in Cuba, $200 million in the Bahamas, and $500 million in the Turks and Caicos, amounting to a total of $32 billion in damages.
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