HURRICANE IKE PHOTOS: Galveston Braces for Storm

HURRICANE IKE PHOTOS: Galveston Braces for Storm
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Residents of the Edgewater Retirement Community in Galveston, Texas, line up to board an evacuation bus ahead of Hurricane Ike on September 11, 2008.

The hurricane's expected 25-foot (7.6-meter) storm surge and flooding have prompted National Weather Service officials to issue a strong advisory against staying put during the storm.

"We rarely issue this [type of] warning unless there is a severe, impending catastrophe," said Chris Sisco, a meteorologist at the National Hurricane Center in Miami. "It's very serious."
—Photograph by Kim Christensen/AP
 
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