It was September 12, 2008, when the first signs of Hurricane Ike appeared on Galveston Island, as immense waves began crashing into the seawall in a dramatic visualization of what was to come. A day later, on September 13, the hurricane made landfall.
The powerful category 2 storm ravaged the Gulf Coast, 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.
Due to the massive damage and number of deaths, the World Meteorological Organization retired the name Ike in April of 2009.
Hurricane Ike: Storm that hit Galveston on September 13, 2008
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