Photo: Why Hurricane Ike's "Certain Death" Warning Failed



Gentle waves lap the shore near beach houses (top) on Texas' Bolivar Peninsula on September 9, 2008, just a few days before Hurricane Ike rolled into Galveston Bay.


An aerial photo of the same shoreline taken by the U.S. Geological Survey on September 15 (bottom) illustrates the dramatic destruction the strong Category 2 storm wrought on the coastal community. Yellow arrows mark the same distinguishing features in both images.


Photographs courtesy USGS

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