we have evaluated all the traffic, which is HORRENDOUS. 3 mph and so people are running out of gas 10 miles from their starting location, with the temperatures soaring at or near 100. the fire department is totally being honest and saying that compared to being broke down with no gas being home is safer. so since we are personally out of the storm surge area, we are safer than many. there are people that are abandoning cars along the road, and with the high winds coming, the cars will be tossed back into the road, blocking those that are still trying to get out. we are looking at loosing shinges, siding, gutters, windows. we have a plan. we are going to shelter in the downstairs hallway / closet, there are no glass windows in the laundry room, we will shut the bathroom door (glass window in there) and we should be okay. the huge glass windows in the foyer is a big concern, but structurally, it is the best location.
we have plenty of water, and nutrition bars for the critical 24 hours during the storm, we have 10 packages of AAA batteries for the walkie talkies (8 families in our church are forming a network in the area. we have batteries for the coleman battery operated lantern. we have heavy tarps for protection if we loose any windows. we are concerned that we have a huge water oak in ourfront yard that is less than 10 feet from the house that could be blown down.
we will fill both bathtubs with water to augment our bottled (35 gallons) supply. we would have a diffult time if we loose natural gas for cooking. we have enough other stuff to cover our needs for 2 weeks. we are remaining calm, we had some serious jitters at 2 am but as the path continues to head for New Orleans, we are feeling more comfortable with our choice.
David Wayne Hooks Memorial Airport
traffic (click around I45 / Louetta
we are getting some good wind activity here.
24 MPH (21 KT) gusting to 33 MPH (29 KT)
the heat at 94.5 F (34.7 C) is just stiffling, some rain would be a welcomed relief from the dry intense heat.
as for me, wow, talk about pain! Pressure: 29.59 in. Hg (1002 hPa) has got every joint in my body just reeling! all in all, it looks like we are going to just get sideswiped by this system.
well, we are still 3 hours until land fall from the storm, and we have gotten a preliminary test run. no power in the entire subdivision for 3 hours. It has been our 3rd outage today and surely not the last. I am just glad I can check in and say so far so well. I had battery light and gas stove to make dinner by. started eating the meat in the freezer so that we dont have any waste this week.
the wind from the N (010 degrees) at 23 MPH (20 KT) gusting to 44 MPH (38 KT) is not too bad, the heat 80.1 F (26.7 C) with the a/c off was starting to get bothersome.
it has been a great dry run for us to see what we need for disaster preparation. while there has been some criticism here about bugging out and whatnot but a very valuable lesson is the people that were bussed out of Galveston on non a/c buses were supposed to go to Huntsville shelters, were turned away because of people in cars that could have stayed home, or gone on to Dallas, so the buses were sent to Centerville, they were turned away again, finally they found shelter in Humble at a civic center. just insane. personally if they consulted me, I would say that shelters are to be assigned by zip code. establish sister cities now for the next crisis. more spider web routes out rather than main arteries. each community will adopt another one and take care of them.