The early signs of Hurricane Ike’s approach toward Orange County was evident by mid afternoon Friday. Tropical force winds gusted across the area and local waterways were beginning to swell. And that was just the beginning.

As night falls wind gust come in waves sustained for a period and then slacking. Rain bands from Hurricane Ike have begin moving through the area as the storm approaches.

Forecasters at the National Hurricane Center in Miami say the storm

could become a Category 3 hurricane with winds of at least 111 mph

before it hits the coast late Friday or early Saturday.

A flash flood warning is in effect for Orange County.

We will continue to update photos, video and emergency information here at THERECORDLIVE.COM

BULLETIN
HURRICANE IKE INTERMEDIATE ADVISORY NUMBER 47A
NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL AL092008
600 PM CDT FRI SEP 12 2008

...IKE STRENGTHENS SOME AS IT BEARS DOWN ON GALVESTON ISLAND AND THE
UPPER TEXAS COAST...
...RISING WATER LEVELS AND BATTERING WAVES AFFECTING THE AREA...AT 600 PM CDT...2300Z...THE CENTER OF VERY LARGE HURRICANE IKE WASLOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 28.2 NORTH...LONGITUDE 93.8 WEST OR ABOUT 100
MILES...160 KM...SOUTHEAST OF GALVESTON TEXAS AND ABOUT 105 MILES
...170 KM...SOUTH OF BEAUMONT TEXAS.

IKE HAS BEEN MOVING BETWEEN THE WEST-NORTHWEST AND NORTHWEST NEAR 13
MPH...20 KM/HR. A NORTHWEST MOTION IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE TONIGHT
WITH A TURN TOWARD THE NORTH EXPECTED ON SATURDAY. ON THE FORECAST
TRACK...THE CENTER OF IKE WILL BE VERY NEAR THE UPPER TEXAS COAST
BY LATER THIS EVENING OR EARLY SATURDAY MORNING.