September 13, 2008
--A worker inspects damage in front of the JPMorgan Chase Tower in downtown Houston, Texas
, after powerful Hurricane Ike
slammed into the Gulf Coast, shredding buildings, flooding streets, and knocking out power for millions of people.
With winds reaching 110 miles (177 kilometers) an hour, Ike came ashore over Galveston, Texas, as a strong Category 2 storm just after 3 a.m. EST.
The massive storm, nearly as big as Texas itself, moved over Houston before dawn, blowing out windows and scattering documents from skyscrapers such as the 75-story Chase Tower, the state's tallest building.
According to the Associated Press, Ike is the first hurricane since Alicia in 1983 to land a direct hit on Houston.
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