Earlier this week, forecasts from the National Hurricane Center predicted that Ike would make landfall near Port Aransas on the mid Texas coast. At the expense of the Houston, Galveston and the Port Arthur area, Port Aransas was spared. No rain was recorded and the peak wind gusts were below 30 mph. However, the powerful storm did generate a large flood tide 165 miles from landfall. The peak tide measured at the Horace Caldwell Pier in Port Aransas was 5.37 feet above normal (MMSL).
The photos below were taken earlier this morning (09/13). The top photo was taken behind Woody's Sport Center and shows the boat slips behind Trout Street looking towards Virginia's. The second photo was taken at the Island Park Estates dune walkover. The tide was still approximately 3.5 feet above normal. The high tide did cause some significant dune erosion on Mustang Island. Prior to Ike, the dune ridge extended to the mile marker shown in this photo.