Hurricane Ike threatens Gulf Coast states

| Monday, September 08, 2008

New Orleans residents who just returned to their homes after evacuating for Hurricane Gustav are now facing the possibility of having to leave again as Ike approaches the Gulf Coast.

The latest projections show the storm making landfall on Saturday, Sept. 13. For updates from the National Hurricane Center, click here. A slight deviation could put New Orleans in its path.

Ike moved across Cuba Monday with heavy rains and winds of up to 105 miles per hour. The storm was responsible for at least 58 deaths in the Caribbean islands as of Monday.

According to the National Hurricane Center, as of 2 p.m. eastern time Monday, the center of the hurricane was about 250 miles east-southeast of Havana, Cuba. It was moving west at about 14 mph. A turn toward the west-northwest was predicted for late Monday.

As of Monday afternoon, the storm was rated a Category 2 hurricane. Strengthening is expected when the storm is completely over water during the coming day.

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