It's Too Late to Flee Texas, Officials Warn
Ike may become Category 3 storm before landfall
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 12, 2008 8:34 PM CDT
This image taken Tuesday Sept. 9, 2008 from the International Space Station and provided by NASA shows Hurricane Ike in the Gulf of Mexico closing in on the Texas coast.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Officials in Houston and Galveston warned residents to stay put tonight as Hurricane Ike threatened to become a Category 3 storm, CNN reports. “If someone has not left the island by now, they need to go get inside and stay there,” the mayor of Galveston said. Nearly a quarter million Texas residents have opted to stay despite warnings that Ike may be the worst storm to hit the state in 50 years, MSNBC reports.