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Ike takes aim at HoustonIke takes aim at Houston

<BR><SPAN class=twodeck>Landfall early Saturday</SPAN><BR><SPAN class=twodeck>Landfall early Saturday</SPAN>

Forecasters this morning said that Hurricane Ike is exhibiting an atypical wind pattern, with 103-knot winds at altitude, but only 65 knots at the surface. Even so, maximum winds at landfall are projected as being of Category 3 strength, with forecast maximum winds of 115 mph. However, one forecast model forecasts landfall at Category 4 (131- to 155-mph maximum winds). Ike is expected to come ashore at approximately 4 a.m. Saturday, September 13. Landfall is forecast to occur very near the Brazoria County Airport (LBX) in Angleton, Texas. Pilots along the Texas coast should take measures immediately to prepare for the hurricane or, even better, fly their aircraft away from Ike’s path.

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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