RE: Hurricane Ike and Steelies
The following is from WIVB's weather blog, written by meterolgist Don Paul :
Once Ike moves inland over TX, its future movement after impacting TX and probably OK is uncertain. However, NCEP (National Centers for Environmental Prediction--NWS HQ)reminds us climatology shows that few storms which make landfall all the way over into TX make a truly successful trip all the way toward the E Coast. In any case, models do weaken Ike to a minor system if and when it reaches more northern latitude, so the chance of a significant impact in WNY currently look low, though not nonexistent.
So, I wouldn't hold my breath too long.