GALVESTON, Tex - On this day in 2008, Hurricane Ike made landfall along the east end of Galveston Island. Ike was a Category 2 Hurricane with winds of 110 mph at landfall.
Here's a few quick notes on Hurricane Ike, including storm surge, rainfall, and overall cost.
In addition to significant storm surge along the coast, Hurricane Ike also brought significant rainfall to portions of the Houston metro and southeast Texas. Some places picked up as much as 10"-20" in Harris County causing significant flooding.
Before making landfall near Galveston, Ike formed in the eastern Atlantic on September 1st and slowly made it's way westward over the next 2 weeks. Ike made landfall along the southern Cuban peninsula on September 8th as a Major Hurricane. After that, Hurricane Ike weakened as it moved into the Gulf of Mexico on September 10th, but maintained Category 2 strength until making landfall in the early morning hours of September 13th, 2008.