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Hurricane Ike (2008)

Hurricane Ike was one of the costliest hurricanes ever to impact Cuba and the US gulf coast. It caused hugh storm surges in Cuna, Louisiana and Texas, hitting many areas whuch had already suffered from major storms earlier in the season.

Meteorological history.

Ike started as a tropical disturbance near Africa, moving west and becoming a tropical storm on September 1st, while near the Cape Verde islands. It intensified rapidly over 3-4 September, peaking as a category 4 hurricane on 4th September with winds of 145mph and pressure of 935mb.

Ike crossed the Carribean, gradually weakening to a category 1 hurricane. Because of its large size (at one point 600m diameter) Ike caused widespread devastation even in areas not on its direct path. After making landfall wice over Cuba, Ike made landfall near Galveston, Texas, as a category 2 hurricane on September 13th.

Storm surge and aftermath.

Ike caused major storm surges in western Cuba, Louisiana and Texas.

  • Before and after comparisons are available from the USGS.
  • the USGS also has this report on Ike's flooding.
  • Mapped storm surge heights are available from Houston Weather Blog.

Satellite and in-situ data.

A link to the eSurge database will be added once available.

Some additional images are available from NASA.

Links and resources

Other resources for Ike and its storm surge include:

See also the storm surge links above.

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