Hurricane Ike News, Photos, and Video

Updated September 15, 2008

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Why Hurricane Ike's "Certain Death" Warning Failed (September 26, 2008)
Why did so many residents refuse to evacuate, despite warnings of "certain death"? Experts point to an anti-government attitude, TV news, a chaotic 2005 evacuation, and more.

Hurricane photo   HURRICANE IKE PHOTOS: The Aftermath (September 15, 2008)
See how the major storm pummeled the Texas coast, shredding buildings, flooding streets, and knocking out power for millions of people.

Hurricane photo   VIDEO: Ike Damage: Aerial Views (September 15, 2008)
See aerial footage of Hurricane Ike's worst damage: flooded neighborhoods, destroyed homes, boats on land. The hurricane struck Saturday, devastating Galveston, Texas, and other Gulf Coast towns.

Hurricane photo   "Freak" Hurricane Ike Will Cost $22 Billion (September 15, 2008)
Hurricane Ike will be entered into the record books for the severe damage it inflicted in and around Galveston, Texas, experts say.

  Hurricane Ike Spurs 2,000 Rescues; Thousands More Await
(September 14, 2008)

An estimated 140,000 Texas residents ignored evacuation orders before the hurricane hit. Now many are stranded amid debris and floodwaters, stuck in attics or on roofs, and without power.

Hurricane photo   Hurricane Ike's Last-Minute Turn Dampens Blow (September 13, 2008)
A last-minute turn by Hurricane Ike as it approached the Texas coast early today spared Galveston from an expected 25-foot storm surge, according to meteorologists. But Ike still delivered a punishing hit.

Hurricane photo   VIDEO: Hurricane Ike Devastation (September 13, 2008)
See scenes of Hurricane Ike's devastation from a wide swath of coastal Louisiana and Texas, including flooding, fires and wind damage in Galveston and Houston.

Hurricane photo   HURRICANE IKE PHOTOS: Storm Pummels Texas Coast (September 13, 2008)
Coming ashore as a strong Category 2 storm, Hurricane Ike blew out windows, flooded streets, and forced rescue crews to wait to begin helping the thousands of residents who chose to stay put.

Hurricane photo   VIDEO: The Hurricane Ike of 1900 (September 13, 2008)
Hurricane Ike isn't the first epic storm to slam Galveston, Texas. See scenes of the devastation from what is still called the worst natural disaster in U.S. history.

Hurricane photo   HURRICANE IKE PHOTOS: Galveston Braces for Storm (September 12, 2008)
Chilling warnings of "certain death" have residents of the Texas coastal town gearing up for the worst -- and recalling the devestating 1900 storm that killed 6,000.

Hurricane photo   Hurricane Ike's 9-Foot Floods to Bring "Certain Death" (September 12, 2008)
Twenty-five-foot storm surges and massive flooding are likely as the storm heads for the Texas coast, prompting government officials to issue a stern evacuation warning.

Hurricane photo   Hurricane Ike May Hit Texas With 15-Foot Storm Surge (September 9, 2008)
Shallow waters on the Gulf of Mexico's continental shelf will fuel the storm as it slams into the coast of Texas later this week, experts predict.

Hurricane photo   VIDEO: Giant Waves Crash Over Buildings (September 9, 2008)
Surging over buildings as tall as five stories, waves from Hurricane Ike pounded a Cuban town on Monday. The hurricane is headed for the U.S. Gulf Coast.

Hurricane photo   Hurricane Ike Could Pound Houston as Major Hurricane (September 8, 2008)
Hurricane Ike is forecast to hit the islands early next week as a major hurricane. Given the limited escape routes, officials have ordered evacuations to begin Saturday.

Hurricane photo   Florida Keys Evacuation Ordered for Hurricane Ike (September 5, 2008)
Hurricane Ike is forecast to hit the islands early next week as a major hurricane. Given the limited escape routes, officials have ordered evacuations to begin Saturday.

Hurricane Ike photo   VIDEO: Space Station Sees Hurricane Ike (September 5, 2008)
Astronauts on the International Space Station have a unique view of Hurricane Ike as it crosses the Atlantic Ocean.

Hurricane photo   Hurricane Forecast: "No Letup" in Weeks Ahead (September 2, 2008)
We're not in the clear yet, according to predictions of at least four more hurricanes this month. And storms brewing in the Atlantic seem poised to prove the forecasters right.

Hurricane photo   Hurricane Forecasters Stick to "Busy" 2008 Prediction (June 3, 2008)
As the first named storm came ashore in Belize, forecasters stuck to their predictions that the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season will be busy, with 15 named tropical storms forming 8 hurricanes.

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