Hurricane Ike Inching Closer to the Texas Coast

by Jay Gray
NBC News

Mandatory evacuations are underway for low lying areas all along the Texas coast as the state braces for Hurricane Ike.

Most residents are boarding up and getting out.

Ike is expected to become at least a Category 3 before it makes landfall.

While sustained winds over 110 miles an hour are forecast, it is the possibility of a 15-foot storm surge that is causing the greatest concern.

Red Cross volunteers are pouring in, while critical care patients are being moved out of harms way.

Shelters are being set up across the state to house the hundreds of thousands of evacuees expected to move to higher ground.

The storm is expected to make landfall sometime early Saturday morning.