September 1, 2008 – September 14, 2008
Highest winds 1-minute sustained: 110 mph (175 km/h)
Gusts: 130 mph (215 km/h)
Damage:$19.3 billion (2008 USD)
Where? When? What?
Hurricane Ike was a Category 2 (very severe) hurricane. When Hurricane Ike hit the Texas Coast it resulted in the 3rd costliest storm in U.S. history with property damages estimated to be $29 billion. Hurrican Ike was occured September 1, 2008 – September 14, 2008. The huuicane effected many places like Cuba, however in Texas, it effected Galveston.
Imact on Humans
The effects of Hurricane Ike in Texas were devastating and long-lasting. Ike's effects included deaths and many injerys. On the 13th of September 2008, Hurricane Ike caused extensive damage in Texas. More than 140,000 people in the Texas Gulf Coast area in Ike's path had failed to evacuate, partly due to fears of multi-hour traffic jams as during Hurricane Rita, but over 940 were rescued from rising waters, and nearly 2,000 rescued afterward. As of December 27, 2008, 37 people are known to have lost their lives in Texas due to Ike while hundreds are still missing. The storm had come ashore hours before daybreak with 110-mph (175 km/h) winds and towering waves, pushing boats ashore, smashing many houses, flooding thousands of homes, knocking out windows in Houston's skyscrapers, uprooting trees, and cutting electric power to more than millions of customers (estimates range from 2.8 million to 4.5 million customers) for weeks or months.
Impact on Wildlife
Although Ike struck well east of the state’s major cattle-raising region, the Texas Farm Bureau said that as of late Tuesday thousands of cattle had drowned and 15,000 were “uncontained” and in danger. There was no estimate on the number of dead and loose horses. More than 550 baby squirrels, knocked from their nests by Ike’s winds. Fifty volunteer animal rescuers from around the country and 100 staffers are now helping locate stranded and injured pets and farm animals.
Impcat on Landscape
Many landscapes along the Upper Texas Gulf Coast suffered from the devastating effects of the hurricane force winds and saltwater flooding. In Texas, it hurt the ecosystem for years to come.