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In pictures: Hurricane Ike

Diane Glowaeki walks among debris on Seawall Boulevard left by Hurricane Ike on 13 September 2008 in Galveston, Texas

A tearful woman surveys the carnage left by Hurricane Ike, which smashed into America's Texas Gulf Coast on Saturday.

An aeriel view of Crystal Beach after Ike made landfall overnight in Galveston, Texas, on 13 September 2008

An aerial view of Crystal Beach, near the coastal city of Galveston, which took the brunt of the Category Two storm, captures the scale of the devastation.

Debris from Hurricane Ike covers Seawall Boulevard on 13 September 2008 in Galveston, Texas

The storm, which caused up to 80 deaths in the Caribbean last week, reduced swathes of Galveston's seafront to matchwood and left the city without water or electricity.


The destruction evoked comparisons with a storm that battered the city in 1900. There are reports of a couple of deaths in Texas, but nothing like the 8,000 lives claimed by the hurricane 108 years ago.

A man surveys a field of debris left by Ike on 13 September 2008 in Galveston, Texas

Ike tossed boats about like children’s toys. US President George W Bush declared Texas a federal disaster zone.

on 13 September 2008 in Nassau Bay, Texas

There were more insurance claims in store for boat owners up the coast at Nassau Bay. Nearby, Ike also damaged the roof at Nasa's Johnson Space Center Mission Control.

Two householders use a jet ski to get around their neighbourhood on 13 September 2008 in Nassau Bay, Texas

Rescuers are using boats, high-wheel lorries and helicopters to rescue thousands of people who ignored an evacuation order. These residents had a jet ski handy to get around their neighbourhood.

James Brown wades through high water from Hurricane Ike on 13 September 2008 in Nassau Bay, Texas

But many had to wade through the flood waters. Ike is estimated to have caused billions of dollars of damage but appears to have been less destructive than originally feared.

In Houston, Texas, on 13 September 2008 a man walks by the JP Morgan Chase Tower which had many windows blown by Hurricane Ike

In Houston city the storm shattered skyscraper windows, showering streets with glass and debris, tore apart bus shelters and ripped metal sheets off buildings.

A man looks at the damaged boats resting in the pool area of his town home on 13 September 2008 in Nassau Bay, Texas

As residents were left to count the cost, Ike weakened to a tropical depression as it headed across western Arkansas on Sunday.

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