The powerful category 2 storm ravaged the Gulf Coast after making landfall that day around 2 a.m., flattening homes and obliterating entire towns and creating a huge storm surge that destroyed buildings and businesses along Galveston's Seawall.
It's one of the deadliest and most expensive storms, costing an estimated $34.8 billion.
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Due to the massive damage and number of deaths, the World Meteorological Organization retired the name Ike in April of 2009.
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