Ike Now Tropical Storm; Millions Without Power

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 13, 2008 1:29 PM CDT

(Newser) – Ike has weakened to a tropical storm over eastern Texas, but winds remain near 60 mph and heavy rains and tornadoes are still a threat. Millions in Texas and Louisiana are without power and could remain so for days. The storm surge topped out at 13.5 feet, lower than forecasters feared, but still enough to cause widespread flooding.

Ike made landfall overnight near Galveston as a Category 2 hurricane. Roads in that part of the state are still impassable and emergency crews are just starting to assess the damage. A woman was killed north of Houston when a tree fell on her home, but officials don't know whether other people have died.