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IMAGES: Dire Ike projections

<div class="meta image-caption"><div class="origin-logo origin-image none"><span>none</span></div><span class="caption-text">As Hurricane Ike barrels towards the Texas Gulf Coast, the federal government has released computer-generated images to show how bad the storm surge could be for Galveston, the city closest to the projected path. The images illustrate why officials issued a mandatory evacuation order for the city.  Federal authorities were blunt, warning Galveston residents: &#34;Persons not heeding evacuation orders in single-family, one- or two-story homes will face certain death.&#34;  The following images show the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency&#39;s projection for potential flooding in Galveston if the storm surge reaches various heights ranging from 3 feet to 15 feet, which have been superimposed over the normal sea levels for the city. </span></div>
September 12, 2008 3:34:32 PM PDT