Satellite photo of hurricane Ike heading for Texas
Texas faces "potentially catastrophic" damage when Hurricane Ike hits in the next few hours, US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff has warned.
He said as many as 100,000 homes could be destroyed by flooding.
There are fears the hurricane could cause a high storm surge that leaves miles of low-lying coast underwater.
Residents of the Texan coastal city of Galveston face "certain death" if they do not evacuate, the National Weather Service has warned.
More than a million people in Texas have been advised to leave their homes before Ike hits late on Friday or early Saturday morning.
But people in Houston city have been told to shelter at home, board up their properties and stockpile supplies.
Authorities are trying to avoid a repeat of 2005, when some 110 people in Houston died during a chaotic evacuation in the face of Hurricane Rita.
The US National Hurricane Center said Ike could grow from a Category Two to a Category Three storm - a "major hurricane" - by the time it reaches the coast.
BBC NEWS | Americas | Texas faces 'catastrophic' storm
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This thing has gotten to huge as it came on shore. Galveston is now under water. Some parts up to 3 meters deep.
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tree branches all over the place.
Power Trouble Lingers After Ike Strikes Indiana - Indiana News Story - WRTV Indianapolis
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Is Ike another Andrew, where it's long been rumoured that the death count and devastation were underreported?
Coast Guard Fly-Over Of Galveston Island Texas | Snark Food - Daily Gossip
UPDATE 9/15/08: In an unprecedented move, the FAA is keeping all of the news helicopters and other private aviation away from the disaster areas. The FAA has issued NO FLY ORDERS that prevents all general aviation aircraft from flying within one mile of the worst of the stricken areas, specifically the areas along the Boliver Peninsula, including the cities of Crystal Beach and Gilcrest, and the coastal city of High Island. Evacuees from those areas are reporting almost total devastation, but the media is not being allowed to see the areas and report the story. What are FEMA and the FAA trying to hide?
Martial law to be put in effect next week:
The Galveston County Daily News
plus "no-fly zones"
By next week, sheriff’s deputies will institute marshal law, forcing remaining residents out of the area.
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