Ike's storm surge closes some FL roads

September 11, 2008 1:20:32 PM PDT
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Flooding has been reported throughout the coastal areas of the Florida Panhandle and it's closed a section of U.S. Highway 98. US98 is a major corridor running along the Gulf of Mexico.

The National Weather Service says the road will likely remain closed for a while. Forecasters say Ike's winds will bring in high waves across the Panhandle through Saturday.

Authorities say some roads have been inundated in Panama City and Port St. Joe.

The Panhandle is also under a high surf warning, and emergency officials are urging beach-goers to stay out of the rough water.

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