Forecasters: Hurricane Ike Getting Stronger
MIAMI — Hurricane Ike has become a Category 2 storm as it feeds on warm Gulf waters and makes its way to Texas.
Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami say the storm has top sustained winds of about 100 mph and is on track to hit the Texas coast Saturday morning.
The storm is about 255 miles west of Key West, Fla., and is moving toward the northwest at about 13 mph.
South Texas is already getting ready for Ike. Some schools have called off classes through the end of the week, and medically fragile residents are getting on buses to head north. Officials also opened up a shoulder lane on Interstate 37 to accommodate heavier traffic as residents decide to evacuate.