Hurricanes from Houston

was \”Hurricane Rita from Pearland TX\”

Waiting to Wait

Posted by seanabrady on September 23, 2005

Its a little less than 24 hours to landfall, and by 3pm we are expecting at least tropical storm force winds.  We are finishing up our preparations this morning by filling the bathtubs, and some coolers with water.  We have about 5 gallons of water, plus a bunch of juice boxes to drink.  We have more drinking water just outside of the storm shelter.  I got up early this morning and prepped up some sandbags and put them out behind the house to prevent water getting in (our builder is apparently not real sharp on the grading scene).

We had considered traveling north overnight, and am so glad we did not.  Traffic is still bad going north on 45 to Dallas, and a recent bus fire near Dallas* has traffic backed up even more.  We had also considered going to a hotel a bit further inland (my work has some rooms there), but we decided that the trip was more of a risk than staying.

Right now I am expecting a maximum of 100 mph winds here.   All I have to go on is the counties numbers, but Brazoria county is huge.  the coastal areas may get stronger winds than here.  I am basically on the Brazoria, Fort Bend, Harris county lines.  The news is still reporting a possible shift back towards Galveston, but they are also predicting continued weakening.  The problem with the storm will be the massive size of the thing.  If things go well today and overnight tonight the storm will weaken to a 3, perhaps even a middle 3.  The worst winds we get may be today before landfall.

I guess I still need to rant about the traffic situation…hmmm, maybe another time.

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