In mid-September, 2008, Hurricane Ike hit land in Texas for the first time in 25 years. The damage inflicted on the entire Gulf Coast area where the hurricane wreaked most of its harm is said to have reached around $29.5 billion, not including its effect on the Bahamas, Cuba, Turks, Caicos and other islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Not only did it result in horrific property damage, but it also was the reason for 195 fatalities. One of the major reasons its damage reached so far was due to the sheer size of the storm, causing major surges of water to be pushed onto shore. Many homes were completely wiped out; others were left with nothing but a pile of debris and a frame of where a house used to stand.