THE LATEST INFORMATION ON HURRICANE IKE!

THIS STORM IS A MONSTER!

IKE REMAINS A LARGE CATEGORY TWO
HURRICANE AND POSES A
SIGNIFICANT STORM SURGE HAZARD...

.AT 1000 PM CDT...THE CENTER OF
HURRICANE IKE WAS LOCATED NEAR
LATITUDE 26.3 NORTH...LONGITUDE
90.4 WEST OR ABOUT 340 MILES
SOUTHEAST OF GALVESTON TEXAS.

IKE IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-
NORTHWEST NEAR 12 MPH...AND THIS
GENERAL MOTION IS EXPECTED TO
CONTINUE FOR THE NEXT 24 HOURS
...WITH A TURN TO THE NORTHWEST
EXPECTED TO BEGIN LATE FRIDAY. ON
THIS FORECAST TRACK...THE CENTER
OF IKE WILL BE VERY NEAR THE
UPPER TEXAS COAST BY LATE FRIDAY.

DATA FROM BOTH NOAA AND AIR
FORCE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT
INDICATE THAT MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS REMAIN NEAR 100 MPH...WITH
HIGHER GUSTS. IKE IS A CATEGORY TWO HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON
SCALE. SOME STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS...
AND IKE COULD BECOME A MAJOR HURRICANE BEFORE REACHING THE COAST.

THE AIRCRAFT DATA INDICATE THAT IKE REMAINS A LARGE CYCLONE.
HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 115 MILES...FROM THE
CENTER...AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 265
MILES FROM THE CENTER..

THE ESTIMATED MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE BASED ON AIRCRAFT DATA IS
956 MB...28.23 INCHES.

COASTAL STORM SURGE FLOODING OF UP TO 20 FEET ABOVE NORMAL TIDE
LEVELS...ALONG WITH LARGE AND DANGEROUS BATTERING WAVES...CAN BE
EXPECTED NEAR AND TO THE EAST OF WHERE THE CENTER OF IKE MAKES
LANDFALL. SURGE FLOODING OF UP TO 25 FEET COULD OCCUR AT POINTS
AND HEADLANDS ALONG THE COAST. COASTAL STORM SURGE FLOODING FROM 6 TO
8 FEET ABOVE NORMAL TIDE LEVELS...ALONG WITH LARGE AND DANGEROUS
WAVES...CAN BE EXPECTED WITHIN THE TROPICAL STORM WARNING AREA
ALONG THE NORTHERN GULF COAST.

IKE IS EXPECTED TO PRODUCE RAINFALL AMOUNTS FROM 5 TO 10 INCHES
ALONG THE MIDDLE AND UPPER TEXAS COAST AND OVER PORTIONS OF
SOUTHWESTERN LOUISIANA...WITH ISOLATED MAXIMUM AMOUNTS OF
15 INCHES POSSIBLE.

ISOLATED TORNADOES ARE POSSIBLE ON FRIDAY OVER PORTIONS OF
SOUTHWESTERN LOUISIANA AND SOUTHEASTERN TEXAS.