DALLAS - Millions of residents along the upper Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast are without power and many are stranded by high waters and debris on roads as the region took the full brunt of Hurricane Ike's storm surge and 110-mph winds.

The storm came ashore just west of Galveston early Saturday morning as a strong category 2 hurricane. Insured damages in the region are estimated at between $6 billion and $18 billion.

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