Winds And Seas Increasing On Coast As Ike Approaches
Report from Newsradio 740 KRTH:
The landfall location will probably be very close to the southwest end of Galveston Island. A strike in this portion of the Texas coast will provide dangerous, perhaps life-threatening impacts.
Forecasters say because of Ike's size and the shallow Texas coastal waters, it could produce a wall of water 20 feet high, and waves of perhaps 50 feet. The inundation may be locally catastrophic.
Ike is a category 2 hurricane, and some strengthening is forecast during the hours ahead. Ike could become a major hurricane before reaching the coast. Ike is expected to produce rainfall of 5 to 10 inches with isolated amounts of 15 inches possible. Isolated tornadoes are also possible tonight over portions of southeastern Texas.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 120 miles from the center, and tropical storm-force winds extend outward up to 275 miles.
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