HURRICANE IKE PHOTOS: Storm Pummels Texas Coast

PHOTOS: Hurricane Ike Batters Galveston, Houston
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Black smoke pours from a burning beach house in Galveston, Texas, on September 12, 2008, a day before Hurricane Ike came ashore over the barrier island as a Category 2 storm.

Even hours before making official landfall, Ike's strong winds were pushing surges of water over the Galveston seawall, and flooded streets kept emergency crews from reaching the blaze, local paper The Daily News reported.

Ike moved north and dropped to a Category 1 storm late Saturday afternoon. The hurricane is expected to eventually turn toward Arkansas and weaken to a tropical storm.
—Photograph by David J. Phillip/AP
 
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