Hurricane Ike

Sep 1, 2008 – Sep 15, 2008
Hurricane Ike (/k/) was a powerful tropical cyclone that swept through portions of the Greater Antilles and Northern America in September 2008, wreaking havoc on infrastructure and agriculture, particularly in Cuba and Texas. Ike took a similar track to the 1900 Galveston hurricane. The ninth tropical storm, fifth hurricane, and third major hurricane of the 2008 Atlantic hurricane season, Ike developed from a tropical wave west of Cape Verde on September 1[nb 1] and strengthened to a peak intensity as a Category 4 hurricane over the open waters of the central Atlantic on September 4 as it tracked westward. Several fluctuations in strength occurred before Ike made landfall on eastern Cuba on September 8. The hurricane weakened prior to continuing into the Gulf of Mexico, but increased its intensity by the time of its final landfall in Galveston, Texas on September 13 before becoming an extratropical storm on September 14. The remnants of Ike continued to track across the United States and into Canada, causing considerable damage inland, before dissipating on the next day.[1] (Source: Wikipedia)

Highest wind speed: 143 mph
Total fatalities: 195
Category: Category 4 Hurricane (SSHWS)
Date: September 1, 2008 – September 15, 2008
Damage: $38 billion (2008 USD); (Sixth-costliest hurricane in United States history)
Affected areas: Canada, Texas, Iceland, Cuba… more