Chertoff: Listen to local officials

September 11, 2008 6:08:33 PM PDT
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Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff warned residents not to take Hurricane Ike lightly. He said Ike is not a storm to gamble on. Ike is big and powerful.

Currently Ike is a Category 2 hurricane, and its impact zone is larger in geographic scope and wind field than Hurricane Katrina was three years ago. Chertoff says the storm surge could be as high as 20 feet in some areas.

He said a nightmare scenario would be if a hurricane hits up the Houston ship channel and goes through Galveston Bay. Right now, Ike is close to being that nightmare.

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