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Ike blows into GulfIke blows into Gulf

Click for larger image As of today, Hurricane Ike remains in western Cuba, with maximum sustained winds of 80 mph. In its five-day forecast “cone of probability,” the National Hurricane Center projects that Ike will most likely make landfall near the Corpus Christi, Texas, area at 2 a.m. Saturday morning, September 13, with Category 3 maximum winds of 115 mph. Pilots still have plenty of time to prepare for Ike and leave the area.

Click for larger image But the Corpus Christi landfall isn’t a lock. Two forecast models give Ike a chance of hitting the Texas coast farther north, closer to the Galveston or Houston areas. Here’s a plot of the latest model tracks. Note that the UKMET model track puts Ike the farthest north. We’ll keep you posted as Ike nears land.

Thomas A. Horne

Thomas A. Horne

AOPA Pilot Editor at Large
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.

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