Hurricane Ike over Cuba
Hurricane Ike is the ninth named storm, fifth hurricane and third major hurricane and the second category 4 of the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season. A Cape Verde-type hurricane, it started as a tropical disturbance off the coast of Africa near the end of August, then tracked south of Cape Verde and slowly developed.
On September 1, it became a tropical storm west of the Cape Verde islands. By the early morning hours of September 4, Ike was a category 4 hurricane, hitting its peak of 145 mph (230 km/h) and a pressure of 935 mbar (27.61 inHg).
That made it the most intense storm so far in the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season. Ike has been blamed for 80 deaths so far.
As of Tuesday morning, September 9, Ike was expected to cross Cuba into the Gulf of Mexico. It was predicted to make landfall in southern Texas on Saturday morning, September 13, but could do so anywhere on the Texas coast or in northern Mexico.