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Hurricane Ike has left Cuba and now entered the Gulf Of Mexico. Cuba has been left battered by Ike with wind speeds topping at 75 miles per hour. The hurricane was significantly weaker when it left Cuba, but is expected to gather intensity and speed to grow into a category 4 storm. The projected path of hurricane Ike shows that Ike is expected to hit Texas this weekend. Wind speeds could reach up to 135 miles per hour by the time it makes landfall on the Texas coastline. Texas governor Rick Perry has already put about 7,500 National Guards on standby and to help with the situation that may arise if the storm hits Texas. Due to its unpredictable nature, Hurrican Ike may make landfall anywhere between North Mexico and the Texas – Louisiana border.
According to a public advisory issued by the National Hurricane Center today at 5 PM ET,
At 500 PM EDT…2100z…the center of Hurricane Ike was located just
off the northern coast of western Cuba near latitude 22.9
north…longitude 83.8 west or about 90 miles…145 km…west-
southwest of Havana Cuba.
Ike is moving toward the west-northwest near 10 mph…17 km/hr…and
this general motion is expected to continue for the next day or two.
Maximum sustained winds are near 75 mph…120 km/hr…with higher
gusts. Ike is a category one hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale.
Now that Ike has emerged into the Gulf of Mexico…strengthening is
expected and Ike could become a major hurricane in the central Gulf
For the latest advisories from the National Hurricane Center, go to the NHC website.