Hurricane Ike Slams Texas Coast

by Jay Gray

NBC News

Hurricane Ike slammed into the Texas Gulf Coast early Saturday morning leaving behind a path of destruction from Galveston to Houston.

Now, rescuers are working around the clock to save those who decided to stay behind and ride out the storm.

Everything that Ike touched has been torn apart.
Galveston was the strike point.

"The eye came right over us," said Galveston City Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas.

The Island took one of the hardest hits.

"We have no water pressure at the moment, nor do we have any power," said Thomas.

There is still standing water even if many of the homes and businesses are not.

The island is closed for now as teams work to sort through the damage and debris it could be Monday before allowed back in.
As Ike moved inland winds over 100 mph ripped open buildings splintered homes shattered glass and hundreds of thousands of lives.
Trees were uprooted and tossed like tooth picks, power lines snapped 2.1 of 2.2 million customers don't have electricity not for a month.

"97% of electricity is out," said Texas Governor Rick Perry.

But even as that work begins there is a more immediate and urgent problem.

"Power went out, we went down to check the breaker and the whole first floor was gone," said one man.

Across the strike zone teams rushed in save those who may still be struggling to survive.

"Our focus is working to save Texans in harms way and make sure lives are saved," said Perry.

An ominous and overwhelming task, much like the recovery here.