MyFox Dallas | Ike Likely to Strike N. Texas As Cat. 1 Hurricane
Hurricane Ike will likely make landfall on the Texas Gulf Coast sometime early Saturday morning, reaching North Texas as a Category 1 hurricane by early afternoon, according to FOX 4 chief meteorologist Dan Henry.
As the Dallas-Fort Worth area remains under watches for flash floods and tropical storm force winds, Ike could pound the region with heavy rain, high winds and possibly tornadoes, Henry said.
Further south on the Gulf Coast, Houston stands vulnerable to wind and damaging floodwaters as Ike threatens to punish a swath of coast between that city and Corpus Christi.
In fact, the threat has prompted officials to close Bush Intercontinental and Hobby airports on Friday.
Forecasters said Ike's gargantuan size will likely create an extra large storm surge as high as 20 feet, with waves as tall as 50 feet or more.