HURRICANE IKE PHOTOS: Storm Pummels Texas Coast

PHOTOS: Hurricane Ike Batters Galveston, Houston
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The town of Clear Lake Shores in Galveston County, Texas, sits deep in floodwaters on September 13, 2008, after Hurricane Ike battered the coast early Saturday morning.

Ike inundated the barrier island of Galveston with a 13.5-foot (4-meter) storm surge--a wall of water pushed ashore by the storm's winds.

Officials were relieved that the actual surge was much lower than the catastrophic 20 to 25 feet (6 to 7.6 meters) of water initially predicted. But heavily flooded streets are still hampering efforts to rescue people who chose to ride out the storm despite official warnings of "certain death" if they stayed.
—Photograph by Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP
 
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