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Hurricane Ike hit Pineywoods eight years ago this week

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LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -

It was eight years ago today that the Texas Gulf Coast was pummeled by Hurricane Ike. 

The storm lead to months of headaches and years of repairs to property and industry -- from Houston to East Texas. 

The Category 2 hurricane made landfall at 2 a.m. on September 13, 2008. It hit Galveston first and then moving onto the Pineywoods and blazing a trail of damage.

Meteorologist say though it was a Category 2 storm, it packed a Category 5 storm surge. Here's a look at a more detailed map provided by NOAA of the wind field.

In Texas, there were 74 deaths attributed to Ike with more than 20 people missing.

Hurricane Ike's effect was widespread -- Turks and Caicos Islands, southeaster Bahamas, Cuba, southeastern Texas, western Louisiana and Arkansas. It left behind a total damage of $30 billion.

According to National Weather Service, Ike is the third costliest natural disaster in the United States behind Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Andrew.

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