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September 17, 2008

Ike’s US toll hits 51; Search team leaves Galveston Island; Traffic confounds Ike evacuees, crews; Newspaper criticizes info vacuum in Galveston; Health commissioner: Galveston not suitable place to live; Power restoration timeline

Ike Update: Ike’s US toll hits 51; Search team leaves Galveston Island

Traffic confounds Ike evacuees, crews

Newspaper criticizes info vacuum in Galveston

Health commissioner: Galveston not suitable place to live

Power restoration timeline

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September 16, 2008

Hurricane Ike aerial photos; Galveston suspends ‘look and leave’ policy; President surveys Southeast Texas damage; Shortage of ice must be overcome, White says

Ike Aerial Photos: Hurricane Ike aerial photos

Other Ike News: Galveston suspends ‘look and leave’ policy

President surveys Southeast Texas damage

Shortage of ice must be overcome, White says

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September 15, 2008

Ike victims clamor for food, water, gas; Power back on for 588,000; Survivors found on Bolivar Peninsula; Handful of Galveston mariners living on their boats; ‘Freak’ Hurricane Ike will cost $22 billion; Lack of electrical power hampers Texas recovery from Hurricane Ike

Ike Update: Ike victims clamor for food, water, gas

Power back on for 588,000

Survivors found on Bolivar Peninsula

Handful of Galveston mariners living on their boats

“Freak” Hurricane Ike will cost $22 billion

Lack of electrical power hampers Texas recovery from Hurricane Ike

Illinois residents assess damage after floods

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September 14, 2008

Galveston mayor: ‘You cannot live here’: Nearly 2,000 rescued; FEMA struggles to deliver much-needed supplies; Highway flooding makes mess; one in four customers now have power; ‘Crazy hardhead’ stays behind in Surfside; Hurricane remnants blamed for 3 deaths in Midwest; Ike’s death toll is at 21 in 9 states

Ike Update: Galveston mayor: ‘You cannot live here’: Nearly 2,000 rescued

FEMA struggles to deliver much-needed supplies; Highway flooding makes mess; one in four customers now have power

‘Crazy hardhead’ stays behind in Surfside

Hurricane remnants blamed for 3 deaths in Midwest

Ike’s death toll is at 21 in 9 states

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September 13, 2008

Ike roars ashore in Galveston, weakens to Category 1 storm 2.9 million lose power; As day breaks, first reports of devastation roll in; Galveston resident: ‘I am afraid for everyone here’

Hurricane Ike’s Devastation: Ike roars ashore in Galveston, weakens to Category 1 storm as 2.9 million lose power

As day breaks, first reports of devastation roll in: The eye of the storm powered ashore at 2:10 a.m. at Galveston with 110 mph winds, just shy of a Category 3 storm.

Galveston resident: ‘I am afraid for everyone here’

In Galveston, the feel of a haunted house

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Eye of Hurricane Ike slams ashore; Storm about 600 miles across; Hurricane Ike surge breaches, overtops some levees, floods homes, roadways across Louisiana

Landfall Near: Eye of Hurricane Ike slams ashore; Storm about 600 miles across

Hurricane Ike surge breaches, overtops some levees, floods homes, roadways across Louisiana

Full Coverage: WXnation Hurricane Center

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September 12, 2008

Stranded Galveston residents call in vain for rescues; Nearly 510,000 customers without electricity in Houston area; Hurricane Ike packs 110 mph winds as it comes ashore; Storm about 600 miles across

Hurricane Ike Late Friday Update: Stranded Galveston residents call in vain for rescues; Nearly 510,000 customers without electricity in Houston area

Ike Images, Live Streams, Etc.

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September 10, 2008

Texans begin to flee low-lying areas; Galveston mayor urges evacuation of Isle’s western end; Evacuations ordered; Hurricane watch issued for Texas Coast; Hurricane Ike may hit Texas with 15-foot storm surge

Hurricane Ike Update: Texans begin to flee low-lying areas; Galveston mayor urges evacuation of Isle’s western end

Evacuations ordered; Hurricane watch issued for Texas Coast

Hurricane Ike may hit Texas with 15-foot storm surge

Landfall expected Friday night into Saturday morning along Texas Coast between Houston and Corpus Christi as a Category 3 hurricane … Ike is expected to move into Central and then North Texas

Complete Hurricane Coverage: WXnation Hurricane Center

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August 5, 2008

Edouard makes landfall

Edouard Update: Edouard makes landfall at Texas Gulf Coast … Latest from MSNBC | Latest track

Resources: Radar loop | Watches/warnings map | Houston watches/warnings text | WXnation Hurricane Center | Houston/Galveston weather and webcam images

4 A.M. Update From National Hurricane Center: Edouard Strengthens

AT 400 AM CDT…0900Z…THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM EDOUARD WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 29.3 NORTH…LONGITUDE 93.4 WEST OR ABOUT 50 MILES… 80 KM…SOUTHEAST OF PORT ARTHUR TEXAS AND ABOUT 85 MILES …135 KM…EAST OF GALVESTON TEXAS.

EDOUARD IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 12 MPH…19 KM/HR …AND THIS MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TODAY. ON THE FORECAST TRACK…THE CENTER OF EDOUARD IS EXPECTED TO BE NEAR OR OVER THE UPPER TEXAS OR SOUTHWESTERN LOUISIANA COASTS BY MIDDAY TODAY.

MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 65 MPH…100 KM/HR…WITH HIGHER GUSTS. SOME ADDITIONAL STRENGTHENING IS POSSIBLE PRIOR TO LANDFALL AND EDOUARD COULD APPROACH HURRICANE STRENGTH BY THE TIME ITS CENTER CROSSES THE COAST.

TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 70 MILES…110 KM FROM THE CENTER.

AN AIR FORCE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT REPORTED A MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE OF 997 MB…29.44 INCHES.

A STORM SURGE OF 2 TO 4 FT ABOVE NORMAL TIDE LEVELS CAN BE EXPECTED IN THE WARNING AREA IN AREAS OF ONSHORE WINDS.

EDOUARD IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAIN ACCUMULATIONS OF 3 TO 5 INCHES IN SOME SOUTHWESTERN LOUISIANA COASTAL PARISHES AND SOUTHEASTERN TEXAS. ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF 10 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE OVER PORTIONS OF SOUTHEASTERN TEXAS.

ISOLATED TORNADOES ARE POSSIBLE OVER PORTIONS OF SOUTHWESTERN LOUISIANA AND SOUTHEASTERN TEXAS TODAY.

Monitor Edouard: Houston weather and webcams; Corpus Christi weather and webcams; Austin weather and webcams; Lafayette, LA weather and webcams

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August 4, 2008

Tropical Storm Edouard expected to make landfall with near-hurricane strength winds Tuesday afternoon near Galveston; Severe thunderstorms, tornadoes possible overnight in Indiana, Ohio

Edouard Update/Resources: Tropical Storm Edouard expected to make landfall with near-hurricane strength winds Tuesday afternoon near Galveston, Houston: Latest track

Radar loop | Watches/warnings map | Houston watches/warnings text | WXnation Hurricane Center | Houston/Galveston weather and webcam images

10 P.M. Update From National Hurricane Center: Edouard Strengthens

A STORM SURGE OF 2 TO 4 FT ABOVE NORMAL TIDE LEVELS CAN BE EXPECTED IN THE WARNING AREA IN AREAS OF ONSHORE WINDS.

EDOUARD IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE TOTAL RAIN ACCUMULATIONS OF 3 TO 5 INCHES IN SOME LOUISIANA COASTAL PARISHES. ACCUMULATIONS OF 4 TO 6 INCHES…WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF 10 INCHES ARE POSSIBLE OVER SOUTHEASTERN TEXAS.

ISOLATED TORNADOES ARE POSSIBLE OVER PORTIONS OF SOUTHERN LOUISIANA AND THE UPPER TEXAS COAST TONIGHT AND TUESDAY.

REPEATING THE 1000 PM CDT POSITION…28.7 N…92.2 W. MOVEMENT TOWARD…WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 8 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…60 MPH. MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…999 MB.

Monitor Edouard: Houston weather and webcams; Corpus Christi weather and webcams; Austin weather and webcams; Lafayette, LA weather and webcams

Other Weather News: Severe thunderstorms, tornadoes possible overnight in Indiana, Ohio

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