September 15, 2008 - Boats and debris clutter the water in hurricane-hit Galveston, Texas, on September 13, 2008. Hurricane Ike's 110-mile-per-hour (177-kilometer-per-hour) winds delivered a punishing blow to the island city, shredding buildings, flooding streets, and knocking out power for millions of people.
A last minute turn by the storm as it approached the Texas coast on Saturday spared heavily populated Galveston from an expected 25-foot (7.6-meter) storm surge, according to meteorologists. (See photos of Texas after the storm.) —Photograph by David J. Phillip/AP/Pool
Restoring power supplies knocked out by the storm will be the biggest hurdle, the agency reported. —Photograph by David J. Phillip/AP/Pool
Now Texas has engaged in the largest search-and-rescue operation in its history, already saving more than 2,000 people left in the storm's wake. —Photograph by David J. Phillip/AP/Pool
Hurricane Ike is the most damaging hurricane to hit Texas in 25 years. Jeff Masters, director of Weather Underground, a private commercial forecasting service, said the costs of Ike's rampage could reach U.S. $22 billion, which would make it the third costliest U.S. hurricane on record behind Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and Hurricane Andrew in 1992. —Photograph by Matt Slocum/AP
Animal experts expect Ike's effect on animals to be small compared to Hurricane Katrina three years ago. After Katrina wreaked havoc in Louisiana, the Humane Society reported rescuing and caring for more than 10,000 abandoned and lost animals. —Photograph by Eric Gay/AP
A spokesperson for Texas Governor Rick Perry told the press that the recovery effort following Ike would likely be the largest search-and-rescue operation the state had ever conducted. —Photograph by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. James L. Harper Jr./Handout/Reuters