Friday Morning Ike Update.

September 12, 2008 at 10:44 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

             Hurricane Ike is still expected to make landfall late tonight near Galveston as a strong hurricane with winds more than 100mph.  It will weaken as it moves inland and move in a more northerly direction.  This takes the center of the system just east of the metroplex on Saturday afternoon.  What we expect for places to the east, such as Athens, Tyler, Sulphur Springs and even Terrell will be tropical storm force winds.  These strong winds could cause trees to be knocked down and power outages.  Rain will be the heaviest for these places and especially towards the Lousiana state line.  Rainfall amounts for these spots could be anywhere from 3 to 8 inches.

Now for the Metroplex;  it will be a windy weekend.  Especially starting midday on Saturday.  The wind will be coming in from the north to northeast around 25mph and gust to 45mph.  Rainfall amounts will be anywhere from 1 to 3 inches. There will be scattered showers around in the morning, but in the afternoon to nighttime is when the heavier rain will be here.

The forecast continues to be tweaked with each hurricane update, so continue to watch NBC5 this afternoon and tonight at 10.

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