Hurricane Ike Approaching Texas
Hurricane Ike is marching towards Texas and is expected to crash ashore early Saturday morning.
Coastal Texas is shutting down and evacuating today in anticipation of Hurricane Ike making landfall early Saturday.
The hurricane is massive, extending more than 500 miles across with winds exceeding 100 miles mph, the New York Times reported.
The combination of Ike's size and the shallow coastal waters could produce a surge of water in excess of 20 feet, the Star Tribune said. Power outages and damage are expected from Galveston to Houston.
Authorities have ordered hundreds of thousands to evacuate from the Louisiana border to Southern Texas. Production of oil at local refineries, including the largest refinery in the country, will be interrupted. Wholesale gasoline prices in the U.S. Gulf coast jumped nearly two dollars. The record retail price of gasoline, $4.114 set on July 17, could be broken, the Associated Press reported.
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