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As Hurricane Ike barrels towards the Texas Gulf Coast, the federal government has released computer-generated images to show how bad the storm surge could be for Galveston, the city closest to the projected path. The images illustrate why officials issued a mandatory evacuation order for the city.
Federal authorities were blunt, warning Galveston residents: "Persons not heeding evacuation orders in single-family, one- or two-story homes will face certain death."
The following images show the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency's projection for potential flooding in Galveston if the storm surge reaches various heights ranging from 3 feet to 15 feet, which have been superimposed over the normal sea levels for the city.