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Hurricane Ike compared with Hurricane Katrina

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Hurricane Ike Hurricane Ike was the third major hurricane of the 2008 Atlantic Hurricane season. It was formed as a tropical disturbance off the coast of Africa on 1st September 2008, then tracking south along the Cape Verde islands as it developed, and dissipated on September 16th, although it only became a tropical storm on the 13th west of the Cape Verde islands. It hit its peak intensity on the 5th, when it was a category 4 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 145 mph and a pressure of 935 mbar. On the Integrated Kinetic Energy scale, a measure of storm surge destructive potential, which ranges from 1 to 6, Ike at its peak earned a 5.2, and in comparison, Hurricane Katrina in 2005 at its peak was 5.1. ...read more.

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refineries closed down Cuban sugar-cane crop devastated Preparations These were some of the measures taken in preparation for Hurricane Ike * The government declared a state of emergency for Florida and Texas * There was a mandatory evacuation order for the residents of Galveston Island * Supplies and emergency response crews were positioned in Florida and along the Gulf Coast * Food, water, ice, generators, fuel, blankets and cots and plastic sheeting distributed throughout Texas and Louisiana * Disaster Recovery Centers opened in Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Hardin, Harris, Houston, Jefferson, Jasper, Montgomery, Newton, Polk, San Jacinto, Tyler, Waller and Walker counties in Texas and in Lake Charles, St. Francisville and Assumption, East Baton Rouge, Jefferson, Oberlin and Orleans parish, Louisiana; and Porter and Laporte counties in Indiana. ...read more.

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by Hurricane Ike to the damage done by Hurricane Katrina three years earlier: * Hurricane Katrina in 2005 cost $81.2 billion, whereas Ike cost $31.5 billion * In Hurricane Katrina 1,836 people were confirmed dead and 705 missing, compared to 107 confirmed and 202 missing in Ike * In preparation for Katrina very few people had evacuated and it was for this reason that so many were killed. For Ike most of the residents in the places which were potentially going to be hit worst were evacuated quickly and efficiently, thus keeping the number of casualties to a minimum * Three years on from Katrina, thousands of displaced residents from Mississippi and Louisiana are still living in trailers. Almost immediately after Ike, government organisations and charities helped victims to rebuild their homes ...read more.

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