Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Hurricane Ike Costs $22 Billion

The devastating Hurricane Ike has finally stopped his path of destruction and will be remembered as one of the most destructive hurricanes after hurricane Katrina (2005) and hurricane Andrew (1992). It will not only be one of the most destructive, but also one of the most costliest says Jeff Masters, director of Weather Underground, a private commercial forecasting service according Masters the cost could reach a whopping $22 billion.

Hurricane Ike first reached land at Galveston at about 3 a.m. and was a category 3 hurricane with winds going as fast as 110 miles ph (177 km). The storm had the size of Texas and hit Louisiana and Texas.

After hurricane Ike went across Cuba with 145 miles, it weakened and spread out a bit. Forecasts said that the hurricane could have recovered and even reach a Category 4, but luckily it didn't. If hurricane Ike would have reached Category 4 the damage would be even greater.
Hurricane Ike killed 34 people and rescue workers are still trying to reach some coastal residents.

Masters said:

Although the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season still has more than two months remaining, the rampage of Hurricane Ike and earlier storms that formed in the same area this summer may prevent future storms in the Gulf of Mexico and the Straits of Florida from becoming as powerful as they might otherwise have been.

Hurricane Ike damage

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