We're about to be plowed down by a hurricane and stuff. Well, it's supposed to land much further south, but we're likely to get catastrophic flooding here. I'm sadly not exaggerating -- Houston floods with heavy normal rain, and the last time a tropical storm hung over the city like they're anticipating Harvey will do many, many places that had never flooded before flooded like crazy, including the place where I lived at the time. I still have nightmares about water seeping up through the floorboards.
It's supposed to rain heavily here until next Wednesday. The accumulation in some places is predicted to be 35 inches. Yeah, that's not a typo. That's very nearly 3 feet. Of rain.
Starting to feel like this is on its way:
Weather models are, of course, reliable only to a certain point. But this is likely to be bad. We haven't lived in our specific neighborhood long enough to know how it normally floods (although we were told that our complex had never flooded before, and it does seem to be higher than some of the surrounding areas), so I have no idea what to expect. I'm more worried about losing power for days on end, frankly. (There were areas in Houston without electricity for weeks after Hurricane Ike. Areas about an hour and a half north of the city, near Huntsville and Livingston, experienced power outages for over a month after Rita. This included my Mom's house, where she learned to cook almost anything on her outdoor gas grill, and drank a ton of water from FEMA.)
Anyway, I will try to keep you guys posted. (Unless we really do lose power, then I will be conserving battery.) Wish us luck.