Please see posts below, storm has really grown during the day. Compare the two Sattelite Images. ( it is almost a CAT3, only 2 MPH shy of CAT3, and even over by NOLA the winds high, and the Surge will reach how far across the Coast).It is definently Bigger than Katrina....Scroll down for more information.By 8PM it reached 110 MPH, which is CAT 3.
It will be a Cat 3 by the time it reaches shore late tonight...Millions have been and were told to stay in Houston...approximately 100,000 evacuated.I have more Hurricane info over on Hurricane Help Blog, it you need more info. or want to help. RED CROSS is already struggling coping with number of storms in a row. Winds are 105-109, once it hits Cat3 ( 111MPH) it will be huge...On Satellite it is bigger than Katrina, and the area that is at risk is bigger than ALL of New England, the Surge is expected to be that of Tsunami effect over 20 feet. Galveston, 50% have stayed ( that is 25-30,000 ). Refineries have evac'd. If you compare the Maps from Gustav that I posted on Sept1st, you can see how BIG this storm is.
AP Video showing the Storm Reaching Galveston.
If you want to watch Galveston, I have added LIVE Cam to the Title- just Click.CNN turned their camera off- so I added a Houston Station with LIVE Feeds.
Weather Underground Updated Hurricane Maps
NOAA National Hurricane Center
Local Houston TV Station;Best IKE Updates
Hurricane Central For Houston KHOU
Texas Evacuation Shelter Hub Locations
KTRK Live Blog
RED CROSS IS IN SUCH DIRE STRAIGHTS THAT THEY HAVE HAD TO BORROW MONEY- SPARE WHAT YOU CAN FOLKS, THEY DO GOOD WORK.THANKS.
Update : Sept 15th, 2008
2 Million still without power in Houston and Southern Texas, And Red Cross has brought workers from across the Country, read this article.
Obama Speaking about IKE in NH...on 9.13.08