More Deaths From Ike

Hurricane Ike and its remnants are now being blamed in at least 16 deaths in the U.S. And the number is expected to climb. Most of the fatalities have occurred outside Texas as the storm moved northward. The number includes two golfers killed by a falling tree in Nashville and a woman killed by a tree in Ohio. The hurricane barreled into Texas early Saturday, prompting the largest search-and-rescue effort in state history. As the floodwaters began to recede along the Gulf Coast, authorities began a door-to-door search for people who defied orders to leave, opting instead to ride it out. One Galveston woman made it to a bus pickup point after wading through chest-deep water from her house with nothing but her clothes. She said she's confused and doesn't know what to do. And she's afraid she'll have nothing to come back to. As Ike continued inland as a tropical depression, roads were closed in Kentucky due to high winds. Dozens of people in a Chicago suburb had to be evacuated by boat. Two million people have been without power in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana. The Gulf energy industry has begun assessing its damage. At least 10 oil and gas platforms were destroyed and some pipelines were damaged.


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