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Meteorologist: Ike's storm surge less than feared

Galveston_Experts say Hurricane Ike's storm surges are less severe than originally predicted and the worst is probably over.

Hydrologist Benton McGee from the U.S. Geological Survey says the highest storm surge will probably remain 13.5 feet at Sabine Pass in Texas.

He says a 5-foot storm surge was recorded in the Houston area. Now the big concern is inland flooding.

The surge at Galveston, where Ike made landfall, was about 11 feet.

Forecasters had predicted a surge of up to 25 feet. That would've been the highest in recorded history in Texas - above 1961's Hurricane Carla, which brought a 22-foot wall of water.

It will take a few days before more definitive measurements are available.

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