|Description:||Provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Satillite Information Service, a division of the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS), these three radar images depict hurricane Ike at 12:15am on Friday, September 12, 2008, as it neared the Texas coast. From the top to bottom respectively, these images were derived from the visible cloud cover in the Gulf of Mexico (top), the infrared wavelengths of light emitted from the hurricane (middle), and the water vapor clouds (bottom) within Ike.|
September 12, 2008: 700am CDT, the center of hurricane Ike was located near latitude 26.9 N/logitude 92.2 W, or about 365 miles (585km) E of Corpus Christi, TX, and about 230 miles (370km) SE of Galveston, TX.
Ike was moving toward the W-NW near 13mph (20km/hr), a turn toward the NW was expected later that day, with a turn toward the N expected on Saturday (09/13). On the forecast track, the center of Ike was predicted to be very near the upper Texas coast by late Friday (09/12), or early Saturday, however, because Ike was a very large tropical cyclone, weather was predicted to deteriorate along the coastline on Friday, long before the center was to reach the coast. Maximum sustained winds were measured near 105mph (165km/hr), with higher gusts, making Ike a Category 2 hurricane.