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Hurricane Ike (2008)

  • By: Bahadir Sahin
  • In: Encyclopedia of Disaster Relief
  • Edited by: K. Bradley Penuel & Matt Statler
  • Subject:Public Health (general), Public Policy (general)

Hurricane Ike was the third most destructive tropical storm to make landfall in the United States, and the fifth named hurricane and ninth named tropical storm in the 2008 hurricane season. As a long-lived Cape Verde hurricane, it exerted a high toll in human lives and material damage along the coasts of the Dominican Republic, Bahamas, Haiti, Cuba, and the United States. When it made landfall on the southeast Texas coast early on September 13, it was a Category 2 hurricane.

Chronology

Ike intensified after moving west off the West African coast on August 28 as a tropical wave. When the storm reached the Cape Verde Islands on August 29, thunderstorms intensified to the point where the storm was labeled a tropical depression. On September 1, ...

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