Hurricane Preparations 

Tomorrow we’re anticipating the beginning of a deluge that will last through next Tuesday, and possibly Wednesday. The National Hurricane Center is forecasting Houston to get between 15 and 20 inches of rain. Elsewhere I’ve seen a prediction of 10 to 15 inches, but either way, that’s a heck of a lot of water. We do not live in a flood-prone neighborhood so we’re not evacuating. The winds shouldn’t be dangerous although with the rain there’s a decent chance of power outages. We’ll probably lose internet at some point but I’m hoping the cellular towers don’t run into trouble. 

We have everything I think we will need; I ran out to CVS this afternoon for another gallon of milk and dish detergent (there’s always something). At this point we’re mostly watching for weather bulletins and I’m keeping my chart of statistics updated. If Harvey is indeed going to make landfall as a strong category 3 storm, there’s going to be a pretty dramatic change in intensity between now and then. At the moment maximum sustained winds are only 85 mph (category 3 starts at 111 mph). 

With all the waiting it will be something of a relief when it finally gets here. When I look at the sunny skies I start to feel a bit silly, but the satellite images don’t lie. 

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