Updated 5:41pm 9/10/08
HOUSTON (AP) - Officials in Texas are evacuating the most
vulnerable citizens as Hurricane Ike takes aim at the Gulf Coast.
The frail and elderly are being put aboard buses as authorities
warn 1 million others to head inland.
Ike is expected to blow ashore early Saturday somewhere between
Corpus Christi and Houston, and some forecasts say it could become
a Category 4 storm, with winds of at least 131 miles an hour.
Four counties south and east of Houston have announced mandatory
or voluntary evacuations, and authorities are moving weak and
chronically ill patients by bus to San Antonio.
Hurricane Ike has become a Category 2 storm as it feeds on warm Gulf waters and makes its way to Texas.
Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami say the
storm has top sustained winds of about 100 mph and is on track to
hit the Texas coast Saturday morning.
The storm is about 255 miles west of Key West, Fla., and is
moving toward the northwest at about 13 mph.
South Texas is already getting ready for Ike. Some schools have
called off classes through the end of the week, and medically
fragile residents are getting on buses to head north.
Officials also opened up a shoulder lane on Interstate 37 to accommodate heavier traffic as residents decide to evacuate.