Hurricane Ike Update – Houston Bound

Hurricane Ike has slowed as it has traveled over Cuba, but is expected to regain some strength in the Gulf of Mexico.

Currently a category 2 hurricane with winds at 100 mph, this storm is moving fast at a sweeping 14 mph west-slightly-north.  The current track is pointing it directly at Houston.

As reported on

Hurricane Ike made landfall around 9:45 p.m. EDT Sunday evening, near Punto De Sama in the Cuban province of Hoguin with winds estimated near 125 miles per hour.

As of 11 a.m. EDT today, Ike was located about 45 miles WSW of Camaguey, Cuba, and moving westward at 14 mph. Due to being over land for the last 12 hours or so, Ike has weakened to a Category 2 hurricane with winds near 100 mph. Some slight strengthening may occur today since it appears the center of Ike will move into the Caribbean Sea shortly, then turn west-northwestward, skirting the south Cuban coast.

Hurricane warnings are posted for much of Cuba. A hurricane watch is in effect for the Florida Keys. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Andros Island in the Bahamas, the Little Cayman and Cayman Brac in the Caribbean, and the Florida Keys. A tropical storm watch is posted for Grand Cayman and Jamaica.

Ike will continue to unleash heavy rains on Cuba with life-threatening flash floods and mudslides a distinct possibility.

After battering Cuba, Ike is forecast to swirl into the southeast Gulf of Mexico late Tuesday or early Wednesday and in all probability, re-strengthen. Its course after that point remains uncertain, but residents all along the U. S. Gulf Coast from Texas to Florida should stay apprised of this dangerous storm.

Be sure to be prepared.

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