SFO's Houston flights canceled as Ike heads in 

Flights in and out of San Francisco International Airport from Houston are being canceled due to the impending torrent of wind and rain expected to be unleashed when Hurricane Ike slams into the Gulf of Texas on Saturday morning.

Continental Airlines has seven daily arrivals and seven daily departures between San Francisco and George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, according to San Francisco airport spokesman Mike McCarron. Operations in Houston were canceled today as of 8 a.m. Pacific time, according to Continental.

Southwest Airlines also suspended operations at Houston's William P. Hobby Airport at 5 a.m. PDT today, according to the airline.

Southwest has daily flights from Houston to San Francisco and Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport, which have been canceled, according to the airline's Web site.

No flights to or from Oakland International Airport have been canceled due to the hurricane, according to the airport communications center.

Anyone traveling through Texas in the next 72 hours is urged to contact their air carrier for flight information, according to McCarron.

Hurricane Ike is expected to make landfall today around 11 p.m. PDT, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center. The Category 2 storm is expected to unleash at least 105 mile-per-hour winds and bring a storm surge of up to 25 feet of water onto the shores of Texas.

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