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(From Guardian Unlimited)
Millions were left without water and power today as rescuers moved into devastated coastal areas of Texas and Louisiana in the wake of Hurricane Ike.
The storm, which made landfall early yesterday morning, hit 600 miles of the Gulf Coast with winds of up to 100mph. Television pictures showed wooden frame houses strewn across freeways, boats deposited inland and advertising hoardings and power pylons lying on the ground.
While around 2m people took heed of a mandatory evacuation order, rescue efforts centred on the estimated 140,000 who chose to stay.
Fifty miles inland, in Houston, a week-long dusk to dawn curfew was imposed on …