Monday, September 8, 2008

State on Hurricane Ike watch

Gov. Bobby Jindal on Sunday declared a state of emergency for Ike and urged residents to get ready to head north again. He said so-called "hurricane fatigue" should not prevent people from evacuating their homes for the second time in 10 days.

"It is much too early to anticipate which areas along the Gulf Coast could get impacted," Jamie Rhome of the National Hurricane Center said late Sunday. The storm will probably not move into the southeastern Gulf until sometime Tuesday.

"It's early to say where Ike might make landfall, but once it's in the Gulf, it's obviously going to hit somewhere," said AccuWeather expert Dan Kottlowski said. "The warm, deep waters will give Ike the chance to restrengthen so everyone from Pensacola, Fla., to Corpus Christi, Texas, should be prepared.”

As with Fay and Gustav, Ike's track will be influenced by the strength and position of an area of high pressure to the north of the storm. Late Saturday, computer models continued to give different and answers to the final track of the storm and forecasters continued to emphasize that the storm is too far away for these suggested tracks to be reliable.

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