My first hurricane!

I honestly don’t know whether to dance in the streets going “WHEEEE!!! This is SO kawaii!” like a bad anime fangirl (note: a fat man dancing like a t(w)eenaged fangirl is not a pretty sight), or fuel up the cars and head to someplace safe… like Canada. Instead, I’m doing something in the middle. Sitting, waiting, and seeing what develops.

Since this is my family’s first major storm (not counting Allison, as it hit mostly the eastern side of the city) since we moved to this area in 1992, we’re a little bit antsy. We’re currently preparing by getting some water, some batteries, some canned foods, gas in the vehicles, and a window repaired on our house (which will cause me no end of amusement if it is the first to break during the storm). We’re discussing evacuation. While I think we should leave, my parents are a little more hesitant. What amuses me thoroughly in all of this is that I am dependant on their decision, as I don’t have the funds to evacuate myself. Given that Ft. Bend County will likely NEVER fall under a mandatory evacuation order, I seriously doubt I’d receive any assistance from the Powers That Be.

So, in anticipation of riding out my first major storm, I leave you with some information:
Yes, it’s true, Houston is not supposed to take a direct hit from Rita… but we’re still on the “dirty” side of the storm. This means extra wind, rain, etc… Hurricane-force winds ARE supposed to extend out this far. Wonderful.

You might want to keep an eye on The National Weather Service for Houston/Galveston, Texas’s website, for more information. Alternatively, there’s the Interactive Weather Information Network (IWIN), which shows warnings within 2 – 5 minutes of their issuance, and already has the Hurricane Local Statements for the Texas area. These little statements are invaluable sources of information.

For those wondering about school closings… The following districts are currently closed from tomorrow through Friday: Alvin, Anahuac, Angleton, Brazosport, Clear Creek, Columbia-Brazoria, Deer Park, Dickinson, Friendswood, Galveston, Hitchcock, La Marque, LaPorte, Lutheran South Academy, Pasadena, St. Clare of Assisi Catholic School, Texas City, Alvin Community college, College of the Mainland, and Galveston Community college.

Look on the bright side of Houston, folks. We’ve got a team of dedicated metro bloggers standing by to bring you the latest hurricane information (funny how a major event makes us all post-happy). Plus, you have a 28 year old fat man who – inside his own mind, at least – is dancing around like a tweenage schoolgirl at the prospect of going through his first major storm. Oh, I’m sure I won’t feel like this for long, but I’m semi-enjoying it, for now.

Wonderful, family meeting time. My father is already laying in supplies, although he’s been hard pressed to find water. No surprise.

3 Comments so far

  1. Governor (unregistered) on September 20th, 2005 @ 7:00 pm

    Hey dudes… I was in Galveston (the city) earlier today and the place in a near panic. You can feel it in the street and at the gas stations/grocery stores. I live in the Clear Lake area and things are not much better. Many in our office are planning to leave early tomorrow for higher ground… one lady is off to freaking Kentucky!

    I ~ like you Fyre ~ am planning to ride this storm out (like a bad REO Speedwagon song!). However, if I keep hearing about how things are going to get REALLY exciting, then I

  2. Serena (unregistered) on September 20th, 2005 @ 8:50 pm

    The media is trying to scare us about Rita. I went through Hurricane Alicia in 1986 and it was nothing but rain and wind. My house never lost electricity and it didn’t flood. I think the media is so freaked out by Katrina that they’re overreacting.

  3. Fyre (unregistered) on September 20th, 2005 @ 9:38 pm

    Governor: I vote that as soon as the storm passes, we take what’s left of my bottle of wild turkey and get very tapidly drunk in celebration of successfully surviving whatever it is that might hit us. Then, we fan out into the city and dance around like bad fangirls, taking pictures of random things.

    Serena: Agreed, the media is overreacting a bit, but a hurricane is still nothing to sneeze at. This is my first time going through anything like this, so I’ll use it to go a little overboard. =)

    Hmmm… I think I need to get some friends together, somewhere, and have a hurricane party.

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