Hurricane Ike of September 13-14, 2008
Shortly after 2 am on Saturday, September 13th 2008, Hurricane Ike made landfall near Galveston Texas
as a very broad catagory 2 storm, and quickly moved north. By late afternoon...Ike was following a path
which would take its center very near the cities of Tyler, Mount Pleasant and Dekalb in northeast Texas,
and to DeQueen Arkansas before racing northeast to the Great Lakes region. While strong winds around the
center of the storm were wreaking havoc for locations west of the Red River, several tornadoes developed
in the feederbands for portions of central and north central Louisiana.
Nearly every county or parish in Shreveport National Weather Service (NWS) forecast region reported some
damage from the storm, with the most severe damage occurring in Angelina, Nacogdoches, Rusk, Cherokee
and Smith counties of east central Texas. Hundreds of buildings were damaged and thousands of trees were
downed across the region because of the storm. Many locations across northeast Texas, northwest Louisiana
and southwest Arkansas lost power and telecommunications as Ike moved through. While these services were
restored for some as soon as the following day, a few locations were without for nearly a week after the
storm's passage. The following is a summary of some of the highest wind gusts observed from Hurricane Ike:
Lufkin, TX Airport 69 MPH at 955 AM. (Before Power Outage)
Longview, TX Airport 56 MPH at 247 PM.
Shreveport, LA Regional Airport 56 MPH at 529 PM.
Shreveport, LA Downtown Airport 55 MPH at 652 PM.
El Dorado, AR Airport 47 MPH at 628 PM.
Tyler, TX Airport 46 MPH at 232 PM.
Monroe, LA Airport 40 MPH at 603 PM.
De Queen, AR Airport 39 MPH at 1216 AM.
Regional Cooperative Observer Reports:
Gary City, TX 85 MPH.
Jacksonville, TX 61 MPH.
Arcadia, LA A 60 MPH.
Benton, LA  52 MPH.
Ike's rapid northward movement had one benefit however. Most of the Shreveport NWS forecast
region managed to avoid inland flooding problems which are typical with most tropical systems.
The heaviest rains were confined to totals of around 4 inches, most of which fell in portions
of east central and northeast Texas which went relatively unscathed during the passage of Tropical
Storm Gustav across northwest Louisiana the week prior.
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Radar imagery of Ike entering the Shreveport NWS forecast region at minimal hurricane strength and its
progression through northeast Texas into Southwest Arkansas. Each frame is approximately 30 minutes apart.
Download the data for this map as a KML file.
Download Google Earth here.An Interactive Map displaying the several tornado tracks found across the region.