There's been a lot of back and forth as to what exactly Ike is going to do but generally speaking, the shorter the forecast, the more accurate it is. 5 days out is laughable (especially for a hurricane) but 2-3 is doable, at least in regards to where it will go. Now intensity is a whole other can of worms that really no one knows how to predict effectively. Anyway, latest thing that I see is that the computer models have come into agreement. Most are saying a landfall in between Corpus and Galveston. The outliers haven't been run with the latest data. Moreover, this hurricane forecaster (great website by the way if you are a weather nerd like me) says this. http://www.wunderground.com/blog/JeffMasters/comment.html?entrynum=1075&tstamp=200809 So in other words, according to this guy, by tomorrow morning you should be ready to do whatever it is you are going to do (i.e evacuate, stock up on can goods and ride it out, hijack a shrimp boat and go Lieutenant Dan on Ike, etc.)...especially if you live near the coast. Stay tuned.