Storm Events Database

Event Details

Event Tropical Storm
State TEXAS
County/Area WHARTON
WFO HGX
Report Source Emergency Manager
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2008-09-12 22:00:00.0 CST-6
End Date 2008-09-13 10:00:00.0 CST-6
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 2.00M
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative The eye of Hurricane Ike moved ashore in Galveston County near the city of Galveston. At landfall, Ike had a central pressure of 951.6 mb, as measured at Galveston Pleasure Pier, and a maximum estimated storm surge of 17 feet over portions of Chambers County and the Bolivar Peninsula. Maximum sustained winds at landfall were estimated at 95 knots (110 mph) with gusts to 110 knots (127 mph). A ship near the coast recorded a wind gust of 105 knots as the eye came through. At landfall, Ike was a Category 2 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson scale based on wind speed, but due to its large size, had a storm surge more typical of a category 3 or 4. The height of the storm tide ranged from 4 to 6 feet in Matagorda county, 6 to 9 feet in Brazoria county, 10 to 13 feet along most of Galveston Island and Galveston Bay, to as high as 17 feet over portions of the Bolivar Peninsula and Chambers County. The majority of property damage at the coast was a result of storm tide.
Collectively, damage amounts are estimated to be near 14 billion dollars over the counties of Harris, Chambers, Galveston, Liberty, Polk, Matagorda, Brazoria, Fort Bend, San Jacinto, and Montgomery with an estimated 8 billion of that due to storm surge in coastal Galveston, Harris and Chambers Counties. Fresh water flooding also occurred near the city of Houston where up to 14 inches of rain fell over a two day period, first from Ike, then from a line of thunderstorms associated with a cold front moving through the following day. The number of fatalities directly related to Ike was 12 in the aforementioned counties with 11 of those occurring in Galveston County from drowning due to the storm surge. In addition, there were at least 25 fatalities indirectly related to Ike, either due to carbon monoxide poisoning from generators, accidents while clearing debris, or house fires from candles. There were no known tornadoes associated with Ike.
Event Narrative Hurricane Ike produced tropical storm force winds over the county. Moderate damage occurred in the eastern part of county with minimal damage elsewhere.


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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 13 1 13.431B 0.00K
HARRIS (ZONE) HARRIS (ZONE) TX 09/12/2008 08:00 CST-6 Storm Surge/tide 0 0 3.000B 0.00K
BRAZORIA (ZONE) BRAZORIA (ZONE) TX 09/12/2008 08:00 CST-6 Hurricane (typhoon) 0 0 700.000M 0.00K
MATAGORDA (ZONE) MATAGORDA (ZONE) TX 09/12/2008 08:00 CST-6 Storm Surge/tide 0 0 8.000M 0.00K
GALVESTON (ZONE) GALVESTON (ZONE) TX 09/12/2008 08:00 CST-6 Hurricane (typhoon) 0 0 1.000B 0.00K
HARRIS (ZONE) HARRIS (ZONE) TX 09/12/2008 08:00 CST-6 Hurricane (typhoon) 0 0 2.000B 0.00K
CHAMBERS (ZONE) CHAMBERS (ZONE) TX 09/12/2008 08:00 CST-6 Storm Surge/tide 0 0 300.000M 0.00K
MATAGORDA (ZONE) MATAGORDA (ZONE) TX 09/12/2008 08:00 CST-6 Hurricane (typhoon) 0 0 6.000M 0.00K
BRAZORIA (ZONE) BRAZORIA (ZONE) TX 09/12/2008 08:00 CST-6 Storm Surge/tide 0 0 1.000B 0.00K
GALVESTON (ZONE) GALVESTON (ZONE) TX 09/12/2008 08:00 CST-6 Storm Surge/tide 12 0 4.000B 0.00K
LIBERTY (ZONE) LIBERTY (ZONE) TX 09/12/2008 22:00 CST-6 Hurricane (typhoon) 0 0 220.000M 0.00K
SAN JACINTO (ZONE) SAN JACINTO (ZONE) TX 09/12/2008 22:00 CST-6 Hurricane (typhoon) 0 0 30.000M 0.00K
TRINITY (ZONE) TRINITY (ZONE) TX 09/12/2008 22:00 CST-6 Hurricane (typhoon) 0 1 15.000M 0.00K
WHARTON (ZONE) WHARTON (ZONE) TX 09/12/2008 22:00 CST-6 Tropical Storm 0 0 2.000M 0.00K
MONTGOMERY (ZONE) MONTGOMERY (ZONE) TX 09/12/2008 22:00 CST-6 Hurricane (typhoon) 0 0 500.000M 0.00K
HOUSTON (ZONE) HOUSTON (ZONE) TX 09/12/2008 22:00 CST-6 Hurricane (typhoon) 0 0 100.000M 0.00K
WALKER (ZONE) WALKER (ZONE) TX 09/12/2008 22:00 CST-6 Hurricane (typhoon) 1 0 20.000M 0.00K
FORT BEND (ZONE) FORT BEND (ZONE) TX 09/12/2008 22:00 CST-6 Hurricane (typhoon) 0 0 400.000M 0.00K
POLK (ZONE) POLK (ZONE) TX 09/12/2008 22:00 CST-6 Hurricane (typhoon) 0 0 100.000M 0.00K
WALLER (ZONE) WALLER (ZONE) TX 09/12/2008 22:00 CST-6 Tropical Storm 0 0 11.000M 0.00K
GRIMES (ZONE) GRIMES (ZONE) TX 09/13/2008 00:00 CST-6 Tropical Storm 0 0 12.000M 0.00K
MADISON (ZONE) MADISON (ZONE) TX 09/13/2008 00:00 CST-6 Tropical Storm 0 0 7.000M 0.00K
PLUM GROVE LIBERTY CO. TX 09/14/2008 04:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LEAGUE CITY S S ARPT GALVESTON CO. TX 09/14/2008 08:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HOUSTON HGTS HARRIS CO. TX 09/14/2008 08:30 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 30.00K 0.00K
HOUSTON HGTS HARRIS CO. TX 09/14/2008 09:00 CST-6 Flash Flood 0 0 50.00K 0.00K
Totals: 13 1 13.431B 0.00K