Monday, September 15, 2008

Ike Wind Gusts

We have been asked a lot about the peak wind gusts from hurricane Ike. Keep in mind that the observing stations in both Lufkin and Nacogdoches went out before the peak of the storm hit. However, the Angelina County Airport measured a gust of 69 mph before losing power. That station is back on as of Monday afternoon. The one at the airport in Nacogdoches is still down and we hope it gets back on soon. You can see on the above graphic, Beaumont had the strongest winds at close to 90 mph. Even though they weren't close the center, they were on the dirty side, which was felt all the way to Lake Charles. Ike was a big storm and more than likely will have his name retired. Also, early estimates are saying that Ike could become the third costliest hurricane, behind Katrina and Andrew.