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Ike's projected timeline for North Texas

This timeline shows what National Weather Service meteorologists think will happen in North Texas after Hurricane Ike makes landfall. These are estimates, subject to change, depending on what Ike actually does.

Overnight: East winds will be shifting to the northeast.

2-3 a.m. Saturday: Hurricane Ike makes landfall near Galveston on the Texas Gulf Coast. Storm immediately moves north-northwest.

7:11 a.m. (Daybreak): North Texans will awake to overcast skies created by low clouds; winds will be about 20 mph. (Although Ike is coming from the south, winds will be out of the northeast because of the storm's counter-clockwise circulation.)

9-10 a.m.: Winds accelerate to about 35 mph and rain begins. Flash flood watch will be in effect.

Noon: Gusts up to 45 mph expected. Kickoff scheduled for TCU vs. Stanford at Amon G. Carter Stadium.

1-2 p.m.: Conditions worsen with continuous heavy rain lasting through the afternoon and possibly evening; 2-4 inches expected by the time the storm passes.

6-7 p.m.: Winds shift out of the north and northwest as the storm's swirling pattern continues. Rain continues with a flash flood warning in effect.

Midnight: Ike will have weakened to a tropical storm, with tapering rain and lower wind speeds. The storm's center should be in southeastern Oklahoma.

1-6 a.m. Sunday: Possible lingering rain.

Sunday afternoon: Flash flood watch will have expired. Cold front moves into North Texas from the Central Plains. It will dry out the region and keep temperatures in the low 80s all next week.

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