Thursday Coverage of Hurricane Ike

As the region prepared for Hurricane Ike, KUHF provided information for the important preparations to take. Also, we have images of Galveston as the storm approaches.

12:30 am: As of 10pm, Hurricane Ike is moving toward the west-northwest at around 12 mph. The center is at approximately 100mph.
12:00 am: Those who are living in the mandatory evacuation ZIP codes and cannot evacuate themselves can call 311 for assistance. Only those in the mandatory evacuation areas are asked to call.
11:30 pm: Baytown’s curfew is in effect. It began at 11pm and will not end until 5:00 am Friday.
11:15 pm: Judge Ed Emmett said there will be police enforcement in the mandatory evacuation areas “will double” to secure the areas.
10:45 pm: Governor Rich Perry has announced the suspension of the collection of the state and local hotel and motel taxes under the Texas Tax Code for victims of Hurricane Ike for a period of 14 days, backdated to September 8, 2008.
9:30 pm: Bush Intercontinental Airport will cease commercial flight operations at 2pm on Friday through all of Saturday.
9:00 pm: Ike has grown, winds exceed 275 miles from the center and hurricane-force winds extend 115 from the center.
8:20 pm: At 7:00 pm, the center was located 370 miles southeast of Galveston.
7:30 pm: Houston sports are effected by Hurricane Ike. The Houston Texans game vs. the Baltimore Ravens scheduled for Sunday afternoon has been moved to Monday night. The Houston Astros vs. the Chicago Cubs announced that the team’s Friday and Saturday games have been postponed.
7:05 pm: Mayor White: Shelter in place if you are not in an evacuation zone.
6:55 pm: National Hurricane Center has upped storm surge prediction to 20 feet.
6:33 pm: Metro has announced all bus service will stop at noon on Friday.
6:00 pm: Mandatory evacuation continues for Galveston Island, Brazoria County, & selected zip codes, listed below.
5:45 pm: With a few exceptions (see map) Houston freeways still moving at speed.
5:30 pm: There are no hurricane shelters in Houston; Red Cross officials are asking evacuees to travel to hurricane shelters further north.