McCain: Offers his prayers and assistance in a statement, says he’s been briefed by Homeland Security Michael Chertoff and Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Read it here.
Obama: Gets an update on the storm from Mayor Bill White Friday evening, he says they’re prepared for Ike.
Says he’ll do whatever he can to help, including fundraise on his website for relief efforts.
State and local officials began searching for survivors by late morning, just hours after Ike roared ashore at Galveston, Texas with 110 mph winds, heavy rains and towering waves.