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Hurricane Ike – Gulf of Mexico — Why Now?
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Hurricane Ike – Gulf of Mexico

Hurricane IkePosition: 24.9 N 86.7 W. [10 PM CDT 0300 UTC]
Movement: Northwest [315°] near 7 mph.
Maximum sustained winds: 100 mph [160 kph].
Wind Gusts: 120 mph.
Hurricane Wind Radius: 115 miles [185 km].
Tropical Storm Wind Radius: 205 miles.
Minimum central pressure: 944 mb . [still dropping!]

It is 325 miles South-Southeast of the mouth of the Mississippi and 675 miles East of Brownsville, Texas.

At 4 PM CDT…2100 UTC…a Tropical Storm Warning has been issued from the mouth of the Mississippi River westward to Cameron Louisiana. A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are expected within the warning area within the next 24 hours.

At 4 PM CDT…a Hurricane Watch has been issued from Cameron westward to Port Mansfield Texas. Hurricane conditions are possible within the watch area by Friday.