2K Rescued From Ike; Houston Enacts Curfew

Hundreds of thousands of residents still without power
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2008 2:36 PM CDT
Motorists drive under downed power lines after Hurricane Ike swept through Houston, Texas, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2008.   (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)
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(Newser) – Nearly 2,000 people who refused to evacuate the Texas coast ahead of Hurricane Ike have been rescued, state officials reported this afternoon, with the Wall Street Journal reporting only 4 confirmed casualties. Texas Gov. Rick Perry launched what he called the biggest rescue in state history, sending crews by land, sea, and air in a search that was door-to-door in hard-hit Galveston.

Houston police earlier today announced a nighttime curfew for the next week, CNN reports.
The 9 pm to 6 am curfew is “for purposes of public safety,” he says: "We are asking people to not be out in the streets either in vehicles or on foot unless you have to, in the case of an emergency.” Hundreds of thousands of Texans are still without electricity after Ike landed in the state yesterday.