13 years later, you still won’t believe these photos and stats from Hurricane Ike

The storm caused billions of dollars in damage

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CRYSTAL BEACH, TX - SEPTEMBER 14: Houses sit among debris after Hurricane Ike made landfall September 14, 2008 in Crystal Beach, Texas. Floodwaters from Hurricane Ike are reportedly as high as eight feet in some areas causing widespread damage across the coast of Texas. (Photo by David J. Phillip-Pool/Getty Images)

With estimated maximum sustained winds of nearly 110 mph, Ike made landfall over Galveston Island as a Category 2 Hurricane at 2:10 a.m. on Saturday, September 13, 2008. The storm killed dozens of people and caused $29.5 billion in damages, becoming one of the most devastating hurricanes in U.S. history.

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Hurricane Ike by the numbers:

Information per the Harris County Flood Control District, National Weather Service and the Texas General Land Office.

Storm Surge

  • Highest storm surge recorded on Galveston Island since 1915
  • Storm surge extended 15-18 miles inland over Chambers County
  • Highest surge level in recorded history at Sabine Pass, Texas (14.24 feet)
  • 1.2 to 1.5 million residents evacuated from zip code evacuation zones prior to landfall
  • Storm surge levels averaged near the 1% (100-yr) levels for Harris County


  • 110 mph sustained winds at landfall, a strong Category 2 hurricane
  • Peak gusts of 82 mph at Houston Intercontinental Airport IAH and 92 mph at Hobby Airport
  • 8 to11 hours of tropical storm force winds


  • Caused an estimated $29.5 billion in damages
  • 34 Texas counties declared federal disaster areas
  • 92,000 homes damaged in Harris County
  • 2,400 injuries in Harris County
  • 11 fatalities in Harris County
  • 7,100 businesses damaged in Harris County
  • 3,266 homes destroyed on Bolivar Peninsula
  • 24,165 structures damaged in Galveston County
  • 646 businesses damaged in Galveston County
  • 700 homes destroyed in Chambers County; 3,418 additional with major damage
  • 2,431 signals damaged in the City of Houston
  • 52 oil platforms destroyed

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About the Author:

Briana Zamora-Nipper joined the KPRC 2 digital team in 2019. When she’s not hard at work in the KPRC 2 newsroom, you can find Bri drinking away her hard earned wages at JuiceLand, running around Hermann Park, listening to crime podcasts or ransacking the magazine stand at Barnes & Noble.