NASA 3D view of Hurricane Ike
wunderground reports convection has closed around the eye region and an intensification cycle is starting, race against time whether landfall disrupts it before the inner winds go up a catergory, or two.
main issue is still width of the hurricane force wind field, and the size of the storm surge.
the oildrum has updated analysis of possible oil production and refinery impact – shutdown of much of gulf of mexico production for few weeks, mostly precautionary. possible damage to 20-30% of US refinery capacity, depending on exact track and intensity.