Downtown windows shattered by Ike's strength

September 13, 2008 3:43:56 AM PDT
Hurricane Ike made landfall just after 2am and after coming ashore, caused major damage in the downtown Houston area.TRACK IT: Location/forecast track | Satellite | Computer models | Forecast wind by zip code | Watches/warnings | Hurr. wind probabilities | TS wind probabilities | Tracking map | Get Ike text alerts | Gulf water temps | Tim Heller's blog | During the storm | Your report | Photos

ABC13 reporter Jeff Ehling witnessed first-hand the powerful winds while looking for damage in downtown Houston.

All windows on one side of JP Morgan Chase building were blown out. The blinds looked like fringe as the winds were whippping through the buildings. Windows in at least 10 to 15 floors were blown out.

Debris could be seen flying out of the building and pieces of ceiling insulation were all over the roadway.

"We've just been out here all night watching the storm. I live here in the building, so we've just been monitoring it and hearing windows popping on the Chase building all night," said one eyewitness we spoke with. "Glass was falling, furniture and stuff was moving out of (the window) from the wind. It's just been crazy."

A lot of intersection lights were down near the courthouse.

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