‘Hurricane Ike gets bigger than Katrina with its 50ft high waves’ says National Hurricane CentreSeptember 13th, 2008 - 3:11 am ICT by David M N James
‘If you don’t leave, you won’t have a house to live in or shelter. You will be facing certain death. We have warned you; don’t say we didn’t warn you’. This is the tough message sent to Texans who are facing eminent death from the impeding Hurricane Ike. Hurricane Hike has been declared the worst Hurricane of the decades and it will go beyond the magnitude of Hurricane Katrina. Hurricane Ike has now made a landfall in Texas today, sending the Gulf of Mexico surging into coastal communities. The residents of this land are now “are facing certain death”.
Hurricane Ike is currently a 300mile-wide storm. It has strongly sent waves raging onto the resort island of Galveston. Galveston is 40 miles south of Houston; Ike began hitting Galveston before it made a land fall there18 hours earlier. Right now inches of water are sweeping across roads and through residential areas with alarming force. Beachfront homes, hotels and restaurants are already swamped and docks swept away. Ike has killed hundreds in the Caribbean sending fears that it might kill more.
Ike will hit the shores at around 2am local time on Saturday with winds of up to 115mph, and is currently swirling over the Gulf of Mexico with greater force than Hurricane Katrina before that devastating weather system made landfall. This is worrisome and residents are evacuating to avoid the possible destruction and loss of life posed by the dangerous and ever growing Hurricane Ike. National Weather Service have confirmed that hurricane Ike has waves up to 50ft high, which are producing a 20ft surge of water that could race as much as 20 miles inland.
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