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According to a Guy Carpenter Instrat report, Ike is currently expected to regain major hurricane strength as it moves through the Gulf of Mexico and heads towards the Texas coastline. Forecasters say Ike could make landfall near Port O’Connor in Texas on Saturday. However, long term forecasts are subject to change and Ike could come ashore anywhere from northern Mexico to western Louisiana with likely landfall along the Texas coast between Galveston and Brownsville as a major hurricane, forecasters said. The possibility of such a scenario prompted officials Texas to prepare for what may be the third major storm to affect the Gulf Coast region in less than a month.

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