By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on September 12, 2008 1:50 PM
According to the National Weather Service a hurricane warning is in effect from Morgan City, La., to Baffin Bay, Texas, along the Gulf coastline.
Hurricane conditions will reach the coast in the warning area later today with Ike's anticipated landfall being near 1 a.m. Saturday.
Forecasts show the potential for a gradual strengthening of the storm as the day progresses. Ike is currently a category 2 hurricane with sustained winds of 105 mph.
The National Weather Service cannot predict a precise landfall location because of an anticipated northwesterly turn later today and a probable northern turn early Saturday, however, landfall southwest of Galveston in general is projected.
At 7 a.m., Ike's eye was located 230 miles east of Corpus Christi and 230 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas.
Galveston residents are complying with mandatory evacuation warnings, while Houston officials have not evacuated the city, but are instructing residents to gather supplies and board windows in preparation for Ike's wrath.
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