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Today in weather history: Hurricane Ike makes landfall

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Shortly after 2:00 a.m. on September 13, 2008 Category 2 Ike struck the Texas coast near Galveston, killing nearly 40 people.

Most notable about Ike were not its wind speeds, but its size and the incredible storm surges the storm produced.  Satellite images taken prior to landfall show the storm taking up a large portion of the Gulf of Mexico.  The monster storm pushed 19 feet of water with its surge on Galveston island.

The highest point on the island is only 20 feet.

Galveston was no stranger to hurricanes.  In fact, the Galveston Storm of 1900 killed 6,000 in the city, making it the third deadliest hurricane ever in the Atlantic basin. In the 1980s Hurricane Alicia caused extensive flooding and produced numerous tornadoes in Galveston and nearby Houston.

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