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9/11/2008 Houston, TX-- Hundreds of thousands of people fled coastal areas in the path of Hurricane Ike yesterday as the storm gathered strength on a collision course with the Texas Gulf Coast, threatening to swamp populous areas around Houston under a massive wave of water.

Ike was a Category 2 storm with 100 mph (160 kph) winds and likely will come ashore late today or early on Saturday as a dangerous Category 3 storm on the five-step intensity scale with winds of more than 111 mph (178 kph), the National Hurricane Center said.

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