Hurricane Ike facts for kids
|Category 4 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)|
|Formed||September 1, 2008|
|Dissipated||September 14, 2008|
|Highest winds||1-minute sustained: 145 mph (230 km/h)
|Lowest pressure||935 mbar (hPa); 27.61 inHg|
|Damage||$32 billion (2008 USD)|
|Areas affected||Turks and Caicos, Bahamas, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Florida Keys, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi Valley, Ohio Valley, Great Lakes region, eastern Canada|
|Part of the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season|
Hurricane Ike was the third most damaging storm in United States (U.S.) history, having caused about $24 billion dollars in damage, it was only behind Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and Hurricane Katrina in 2005 as the most damaging in the U.S.. Hurricane Ike was the ninth named storm, fifth hurricane, and third major hurricane and the strongest hurricane of 2008. Ike may have caused up to 195 deaths. Most deaths happened in Haiti and the U.S. Haiti was still recovering from Tropical Storm Fay, Hurricane Gustav, and Hurricane Hanna.
The storm that eventually became Hurricane Ike started near the west coast of Africa on August 28. The storm grew quickly as it moved to the west-northwest. On September 1, the storm formed into Tropical Depression Nine when the storm was over the central Atlantic Ocean. Later that day Tropical Depression Nine became Tropical Storm Ike.
After the storm
|Source: National Hurricane Center|
In spring 2009, the name "Ike" was retired due to the severe damage it caused. It was replaced for the name "Isaias" in 2014 list of names.
Images for kids
A Florida Army National Guardsman uses a Single Mobile User Case Set to send a situation report on ongoing preparations for Hurricane Ike in Key West, Florida.
Damage from Ike in Gilchrist, which was largely destroyed by the hurricane
Flood waters begin to rise in a neighborhood of Bayou Vista, Texas.
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