Hurricanes from Houston

was \”Hurricane Rita from Pearland TX\”

The power of technology

Posted by seanabrady on September 23, 2005

Its pretty amazing how useful a Blackberry can be. Throughout the entire evacuation attempt, the preparations at home, and the waiting today, I have kept in contact with friends and co-workers with my Blackberry. Who knows how long service will last but for the time being it is very useful. The Internet has proved useful in a number of ways, from finding information to passing the time.

We can see some clouds on the horizon now, and the winds have started to pick up. We can hear the wind gusts now, I would guess they are nearing 10 miles an hour, maybe a bit less. The breeze is steady though, and we expect 3:00 to be the time when we see rain and a steady wind.

Reading the wind charts and estimates is pretty difficult. Most of the charts are generalizations for entire counties, so you sort of have to look at where you are, and what the wind is in both your county and nearby counties. We are still hoping to avoid any hurricane force winds and stay with a max wind, perhaps even gusts, of around 60.

I was outside about 30 minutes ago and realized that the large stakes they builder put in to keep my trees from falling over were still in the ground.  Looking around at all the other houses in the area I realized everyone else had pulled theirs up.  Out with the shovel to lever them out of the ground.  I turned off the sprinklers a couple days ago, and the ground was pretty dry so they came right up.  I think I really have everything put away now.  I think we are ready.

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