Hurricane Ike started forming off the coast of Africa on August 28, 2008. By Sept. 4 it had reached maximum sustained winds of 145mph, making it a category 4 storm. Just after 2am on Sept. 13, Ike made landfall near Galveston Island as a category 2 storm with winds of 110mph, putting Orange County on the wet side of the storm. Rita in 2005 was considered a dry storm and Ike certainly made up the difference. Reports of homes that did not receive water in Bridge City totaled less than two dozen. Crystal Beach reported losing 80% of their homes. Most of them swept right off their foundations. Because of the devastation the name Ike was retired and will never be used again for an Atlantic Tropical Cyclone. See more photos in the KOGT Photo Gallery. Gallery Two.