Hurricane Ike Research Paper

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bstract Hurricane Ike is a storm that made landfall on September 13, 2008 near Galveston, Texas. Not only did it affect Galveston but the surrounding areas as well. Hurricane Ike caused extensive damage in many areas including Texas. Hurricane Ike affected many people in many different ways. Introduction The purpose of this paper is to address the type of storm Hurricane Ike was, not just weather wise, but also to the people affected by its strength. Using our knowledge from this course and from different resources we have pulled from, we will break down its different stages and what it did in each stage as it got closer to us. We will also look at how and where it began to develop. Also, how big it was and what stage it was in when it…show more content…
Later that same day, tropical storm Ike became a named storm. Ike became a major hurricane on September 3, 2008. “September 7th, as a category 4 hurricane, Ike slammed into the island of Great Inagua. By Sunday night, Ike moved to the Cuban coast and made another landfall as a major hurricane near the province of Holguin near Punto de Sama with maximum winds around 125 mph”(NOAA). Hurricane Ike made 5 land falls before ever entering into the Gulf of Mexico. When Ike entered the Gulf of Mexico, it was classified as a category 1 hurricane. Over the warm waters of the Gulf, Ike once again began to strengthen. “As Ike passed over the warm waters of the Loop Current during the night of 10 September, the storm exhibited a rapid drop in central pressure, falling from 963 mbar to 944 mbar. This drop was not reflected by wind speed, however, which only increased to 160 km/h (100 mph) from 140 km/h (85 mph). Over the next two days, Ike maintained a steady course towards Galveston and Houston, TX. Though the hurricane had only increased to a strong Category 2, it exhibited an unusually large wind field, which caused a projected storm surge of that which would usually accompany a Category 4 hurricane”( Hurricanes Science and society). The storm surge was the most dangerous feature of hurricane Ike and was the cause of the majority of the damage associated with the storm. “It was due to this storm surge potential that a hurricane watch was issued from Cameron, LA, to Port Mansfield, TX, earlier than the usual 36-hr threshold (storm surge was expected to impact the area well before tropical-storm-force winds reached the coast)”(Hurricane Science and society). Hurricane Ike made landfall on September 13, 2008 near Galveston Texas. It made landfall as a category 2 hurricane with a storm surge that would normally accompany a Category 5
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