The governors of both Texas and Louisiana are urging residents to prepare for the possibility that Hurricane Ike could hit the coast anywhere from eastern Louisiana to northeastern Mexico this weekend.
The Associated Press reported that both states are pre-positioning buses for possible evacuations and will decide Wednesday whether to call for evacuations.
Tuesday morning, Sept. 9, Ike moved across the western end of Cuba, leaving at least four more people dead in its path. Forecasters said the hurricane was likely to strengthen when it moved into the Gulf of Mexico on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, officials with the National Hurricane Center said that in the Pacific Tropical Storm Lowell is forecast to hit the Baja California peninsula later in the week. It had maximum sustained winds of 45 mph Tuesday morning, but was expected to weaken before hitting land.