Hurricane Ike : Part I

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Hurricane Ike: Part I Hurricane Ike was a very large, powerful tropical cyclone that formed in the Atlantic Ocean in September of 2008. Ike was especially remarkable due to its extremely large size, very large wind field, and damaging flood surge. Ike made landfall in several different areas, making its affects felt in more than one area. The main areas affected by Ike was parts of the Greater Antilles and North America, especially Texas. Ike’s track started off the coast of Africa, crossed the Atlantic into the Caribbean, and then entered the Gulf of Mexico making its final landfall in Texas. Ike then travelled North-Northeast across the Southern and Midwest regions of the United States and then crossed into Canada. According to NOAA,…show more content…
The wind shear began to diminish the morning of September 2nd, and Ike began to intensify again. Ike would continue to rapidly intensify and become a hurricane on the afternoon of September 3rd. After about 3 hours Ike became a major Hurricane and by September 4th, 2008, Ike reached its peak intensity of 145 mph and a pressure of 935 mb which made it the most intense storm of the 2008 season. By September 7th, 2008, Hurricane Ike made its first landfall in Turks and Caicos Bahamas as a category 4 storm. Ike slightly weakened and made a second landfall in Great Inagua Island Bahamas as a category 3 storm also on September 7th. Ike crossed through these islands and made a third landfall on the northern coast of Cuba as a category 3 storm on September 7th. It went across the Island of Cuba and weakened due to the storms inner core being disrupted and crossed the southern coast of Cuba back into the ocean and then curved back up and made a 4th landfall on Cuba’s southern coast as a category 1 storm on September 9th. Ike then crossed the western end of Cuba which weakened the storm, but it continued heading northwest into the Gulf of Mexico. As it hit the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Ike regained strength and became a category 2 storm. As Ike crossed into the loop current, the pressure of the storm dropped to 944 mb. The loop current is a warm water current
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