HURRICANE IKE PHOTOS: Storm Pummels Texas Coast

PHOTOS: Hurricane Ike Batters Galveston, Houston
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A building sits damaged in Galveston, Texas, on September 13, 2008, after Hurricane Ike made landfall over the island community in the early hours on Saturday.

Despite strong warnings from government officials, more than ten thousand people chose to stay in coastal areas as Ike approached.

"We'll probably do the largest search-and-rescue operation that's ever been conducted in the state of Texas," Andrew Barlow, spokesperson for Texas Governor Rick Perry, told the Associated Press.
—Photograph by Matt Slocum/AP
 
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