Hurricane Ike Causes Residents to Evacuate
The New York Times reported on Thursday that thousands of residents of the Texas Coast evacuated their homes in preparation for Hurricane Ike.
According to a local bulletin by the National Weather Service, anyone who does not evacuate will "face certain death."
Some people still chose to stay in their homes despite this warning.
The storm is expected to cause floods of up to 22 feet above seawater and is predicted to be a category three storm, with winds over 100 miles per hour.
Many people in Houston and Galveston boarded up their houses and evacuated their homes.
Traffic was backed-up and some gas stations ran out of fuel due to the amount of evacuees. Officials hope that this will not be as big of a problem as it was three years ago during Hurricane Rita.
The Governor of Texas said, "“I cannot overemphasize the danger that is facing us."
The Federal Government is sending aid to the area in the form of food, water, and other supplies.They also sent rescue teams.
The Star Tribune reported that storm surge from Hurricane Ike will be very large because coastal waters of Texas are very shallow, and that the storm will span a very wide distance.