Meteorologist: Ike's storm surge less than feared

Meteorologist: Ike

Evan Norcom looks at a wave from Hurricane Ike while standing on the sea wall in Galveston, Texas, Friday, Sept. 12, 2008. Ike's eye was forecast to strike somewhere near Galveston late Friday or early Saturday then head inland for Houston. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - Experts say Hurricane Ike's storm surges
are less severe than originally predicted and the worst is probably
over.

Hydrologist Benton McGee from the U.S. Geological Survey says
the highest storm surge will probably remain 13.5 feet at Sabine
Pass in Texas.

He says a 5-foot storm surge was recorded in the Houston area.
Now the big concern is inland flooding.

The surge at Galveston, where Ike made landfall, was about 11
feet.

Forecasters had predicted a surge of up to 25 feet.

That would've been the highest in recorded history in Texas - above
1961's Hurricane Carla, which brought a 22-foot wall of water.

It will take a few days before more definitive measurements are
available.


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