Well… It’s been quite the eventful week. Which is great for being the week back from Greece, since it keeps my mind off my broken heart. But never had I had a hurricane to distract me from the “Back from the Motherland Blues”.
For my readers from other parts of the country, and my international readers as well who may be seeing Texas and this huge storm on the news – here’s the thing about hurricanes:
- They’re unpredictable.
- From the moment they form off the coast of Africa; they can dissipate, they can gain strength, they can go any which way. And even when they’re in the gulf and threatening our well-being, they can even break apart and become nothing as it makes landfall.
- Once they’re in the Gulf and they start gaining strength, there’s little time for truly adequate preparation
- Each hurricane season is different
- you can have 3 named storms or you can get 16. All 3 could make landfall and all 16 could never come near land
- There are Tropical Storms and there are Hurricanes
- Storms become hurricanes based on their wind speeds but both are storms fueled by warm tropical waters and can pack a mean punch in terms of wind, rain, storm surge and tornadoes
- The east side of the storm is the worst, packing the brunt of the winds and rain
Here’s the thing about THIS hurricane :
- we haven’t had a named storm this large in the Gulf of Mexico posing itself as an actual threat to the coast in about TEN years
- Almost every warning prior to this storm in the past 10 years has posed to be little more than false alarms
- We’ve had catastrophic flooding due to random rainstorms but not a named storm since Tropical Storm Allison. It was literally the worst flooding Houstonians had seen in YEARS and this could be something very similar but that’s so far in distant memory and our population has grown so much that even threats of an “Allison” like storm seemed like… well hot air
So naturally when we first heard about this storm forming on Tuesday, most Houstonians were kinda like, “Yeah… like we haven’t heard there was a storm forming in the Gulf before *shrugs*“. Then came Wednesday and the warnings started becoming more official. So I filled my gas tank just in case but I really didn’t think much of this “storm forming in the Gulf”. Then Thursday came and grocery store parking lots were full; bread, water and other non-perishable food items weren’t staying on the shelves, but I still didn’t think much. There was still about 36 hours before landfall where it could stall or could fall apart or turn another way! But the announcement that this storm was now Category 1 and only expected to strengthen as it approached our coast… welp. Then I couldn’t deny it anymore.
Friday had offices closed to allow time to prepare for the storm and things just started getting real.
The storm wasn’t coming straight for Houston, but we were sitting on the east side and Houston is a city built for flooding. Either way, the city was shutting down to hunker down. And people were heading to the stores for the necessities.
Here’s a Texas tip on surviving a storm – you could very well possibly be stuck for a couple hours, so you better make the best of it, because anything could happen. Also – cabin fever is real, y’all!! You need to take lemons and make lemonade – so if you ever consider moving to Texas – learn that wine, beer or spirits can be a vital part of surviving a tough situation.
I’m not sure if anyone thought that the first major storm in such a long time would hit so close to home, but obviously no one truly expects that. But once it became an ominous issue, people knew that it was necessary to prepare, but with that, you need to prepare to stay put for a couple of days – so better get cozy.
If I could make a suggestion to anyone new to Houston or the Texas Gulf Coast area, I’d recommend to always keep wine, chocolate, plenty of books and a blankey as a fundamental part to your hurricane preparedness kit!
Hope all my fellow Houstonians are staying safe and dry!!
Love and hugs,
The Glam Greek