HOUSTON (AP) -- Houston officials are advising residents to
prepare for the arrival of Hurricane Ike.
The gigantic storm is expected to strike the Texas coast by late
Friday or early Saturday.
Ike is steering almost directly for Houston, which is vulnerable
to wind and floodwaters.
The storm is expected to create a monster storm surge, and
officials are telling those in surge zones to "hunker down."
Forecasters say Ike could produce a wall of water, 20 feet high.
It could also dump 10 inches or more of rain.
Perhaps the sternest warning about storm surge comes from the
National Weather Service for residents along a Gulf-facing stretch
of Galveston Island and Bolivar Peninsula. It says people in
single-family one- or two-story homes who ignore mandatory
evacuation orders "will face certain death."
Hurricane warnings are in effect over a 400-mile stretch of
coastline from south of Corpus Christi to Morgan City, Louisiana.
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