My cousin and his wife live in the Houston area, not far from G.W. Bush
Houston Airport. They had planned to head out of town with Rita
coming, and go to my sister's just outside Dallas. Well, as it turns
out, my cousin and his wife were unable to get out of Houston. My
sister found out this afternoon that they were just going to hunker
down and ride it out. Evidently, they have food and water and are
battening down the hatches.
Having been through the long night of Isabel just two years ago, I have
memories of what they are about to go through. Isabel, by the
time she reached here, was just shy of a hurricane and was a strong
tropical storm. She was still strong enough to bring down a tree
less than 100 feet from the front door, and we were without electricity
for a week. When Isabel came through, it was the longest
night of my life, with no electricity, bailing two sump pump wells, and
hand cranking my emergency radio so I had some light and human
connection through the voices on the radio. I kept reminding
myself that so many others, including my grandparents through WW I
& II, had been through so much worse than I during those hours. It
was still a very long night. I so hope my cousins have a night
that passes without too much stress, and no fear. My prayers go
out through all that are facing this storm, those having to evacuate a
second time in just a few weeks, and for those that lost their lives in
the effort to get to safety.
, we are so glad that you and your family are safe!