Ike is one massive storm. The visible cloud layers cover most of the Gulf of Mexico. The hurricane has the Galveston/Houston area in it's sights. The National Weather Service issued a warning that includes the phrase "certain death" for those who don't evacuate the Gulf shore where the storm is going to hit.
This isn't going to be a "near miss" or a "close call". It's going to hit and possibly be devastating. Anyone in that area, please follow instructions to evacuate. Don't fool around; this isn't a time for a "hurricane party". Get out now.
UPDATE: CNN stole my idea for a headline! Ooh that makes me angry! Blitzer, you just made my list!