On Corpus Christi's North Padre Island area, I have gotten reports from eye witnesses of a five foot storm surge before Hurricane Ike came ashore 300 miles north.
Now, nearly one week later, it appears that one of the well maintained public beaches there has basically been wiped clean by that storm surge. The parking lot has disappeared (presumably washed out to sea), the park benches and shade covers are gone (presumably washed out to sea), and the peer, which was substantial, is significantly damaged. The area where the peer met the beach has been wiped clean of rock tile and that tile is piled up at the entrance to the beach several yards away.
The sand dunes (the natural barrier for the island) held up well and there was insubstantial damage to structures on the island.
Additionally, and I find this fascinating, storm debris is showing up on the beach on North Padre FROM HOUSTON. How do they know? Try finding a piece of furniture with a Houston address on it. A roof floated by the beach this morning..............
If anyone has any doubt that they should evacuate with a hurricane threatening their area, you need to pay attention to what's happening now, after the storm. Just an inkling of what it must have been like during the storm.