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Published: Sep 12, 2008
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Houston and Galveston Web Cameras: Tracking Hurricane Ike, Pictures
by Mike Baron

The Web Cams in Houston and Galveston have attracted quite abit of internet attention as the country awaits the impending arrival of Hurricane Ike. Forecasters are warning of a deadly storm surge of a possible 18-20 feet.

Check out the Galveston cams here and here. Houston cams here and here. Pictures can be found here and here.

Update: Damage photos here.

As of 6:00 p.m. CDT Friday, Hurricane Ike was located near 28.2 north and 93.8 west or about 100 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas. Ike moving west-northwestward at 12 mph with maximum sustained winds of 110 mph.

Hurricane Ike is an extremely large Category 2 hurricane. Hurricane-force winds extend 120 miles outward from Ike's center. Tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 275 miles.

Landfall is forecast for early Saturday morning between Freeport and Galveston. This puts Galveston and Houston in the potentially lethal northeast quadrant of the storm.

A hurricane warning is in effect from Morgan City, La. to Baffin Bay, Texas.

A tropical storm warning is in effect in Texas from Port Mansfield to Baffin Bay. A tropical storm warning also in effect from Morgan City, La. to the Mississippi/Alabama border and includes the city of New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain.

The devastation by Ike could be on a level not seen since Hurricane Alicia tore a path of destruction through the cities in 1983.

Residents living on the coast beyond a seawall are sure to face certain death if they fail to evacuate, Patrick Blood, a National Weather Service meteorologist, told the Houston Chronicle.

Track Ike at NOAA Here or TWC here. Stay tuned to tPC for updates over the next few days.

tPC, Reuters and UPI contributed to this story


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