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Texas prepares for eye of hurricane Ike to make landfall

HOUSTON - Texas residents are scrambling to get ready for Hurricane Ike.

Hardware stores have limited the number of gas containers people can buy. Batteries, drinking water and other storm supplies are running low, and grocery stores are getting ready to close.

Evacuation orders are in effect for low-lying sections of the Houston area. In Surfside Beach, police have been using a dump truck to try to reach flooded homes and any people who have refused to leave.

Officials say people who live inland shouldn't flock to the roadways because those in coastal communities are still trying to evacuate.

Ike is currently a Category 2 storm with winds up to 105 miles-per-hour. Its eye is forecast to strike near Galveston late Friday or early Saturday, but the hurricane is large enough that its effects are alreaady being felt.

Water levels have risen by more than 5 feet along the northwestern Gulf Coast, causing flooding in some places.

(The Associated Press contributed to this story.)