Ike looses steam to a category 2 storm as it continues killing peopleSeptember 8th, 2008 - 6:02 pm ICT by David M N James
Latest weather reports and Hurricane watch updates have confirmed that Hurricane Ike has been downgraded to a category two storm after dangerously and murderously destroying desolate Haiti and Cuba. Ike has been named one of the most dangerous storms of the season and history. It has been creating immensely strong floods and flood waves. It is now being named a five story wave hurricane after its floods flooded buildings up to the fifth story.
The Miami based National Hurricane Center has sent notices showing that Hurricane Ike has weakened to a Category 2 storm as it moves over Cuba. Ike, according to these reports, had maximum sustained winds near 168km/h and forecasters expected further weakening as the hurricane moved over central Cuba. The hurricane has forced at least 1.1 million Cubans to flee the storm’s advance as its fame of destruction and death grows. The storm has claimed over 58 lives in Haiti. Ike simultaneously ripped through the southern Bahamas as a Category 3 storm, and added to the misery and death toll in storm-battered Haiti.
However, Ike is not done. It is projected to move towards United States and take Key West. Key West inhabitants those at the Gulf Coast watched Ike’s unpredictable path. The Hurricane is poised to hit anywhere in the U.S. from Texas to Florida. People have ignored evacuation orders hoping the winds and the hurricane will turn left and leave them alone. The threat by Ike has forced out over 15000 tourists who were at the beach.
IN SPACE - SEPTEMBER 5: In this satellite image provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Hurricane Ike is seen moving across the Atlantic Ocean as Tropical Storm Hanna bears down on the U.S. east coast September 5, 2008. The government of the Bahamas has issued a hurricane watch for the southeastern Bahamas. (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)