Hurricane Ike starts to move away from Houston

Associated Press - September 13, 2008 7:15 AM ET

GALVESTON, Texas (AP) - Hurricane Ike began moving away from Houston and was expected to head northeast toward Arkansas later Saturday, but stubbornly remained a strong Category 2 storm.

Maximum winds decreased slightly to 100 mph, but the storm likely won't be downgraded until later in the day. It was about 15 miles east-northeast of Houston Intercontinental Airport.

It made landfall just after 3 a.m. EDT, carrying winds of 110 mph and lashing the coastal city of Galveston. Officials won't know the extent of damage until they can safely survey the battered landscape.

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