Hurricane Ike Closer to Galveston

HOUSTON (AP) - Hurricane-force gusts of at least 74 mph are lashing Galveston, Texas, as Hurricane Ike approaches.

The National Hurricane Center says the storm hasn't strengthened in the past few hours as it closes in on the Texas Coast.

But it's on the cusp of major hurricane status as a Category 2 storm with top winds of 110 mph.

Forecasters say the storm's center is about 55 miles southeast of Galveston and moving at about 12 mph. The eye is expected to crash ashore early Saturday.

The storm's already sending towering waves to the Texas coast. Meteorologists expect storm surge as high as 20 feet near where the eye comes ashore.

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