Hurricane Rita – Not A Drop!

Not a drop! All we got was a drying 30-40mph wind. Now the air is hot and humid, the grass is brown, and there’s no end in sight to summer.

Oh well.

Hurricane Rita

Today’s picture looks better than yesterday. So now we sit and wait – wait to see how much wind and rain we’ll get. Funny though, how news/rumor of events happening south of here (i.e. the evacuation effort) have spread around today. In the halls, at McDonalds at lunchtime, on the radio, everywhere you turn you get a different version or an updated version. But leave it to the Cajuns to ignore the weather and party on:

In Lafayette, Cajun fest rages on
Inundated with hurricane victims, they celebrate survival
12:00 AM CDT on Monday, September 19, 2005
By GILLIAN FLACCUS / Associated Press
LAFAYETTE, La. – Their homes are bursting with guests. Their schools are overwhelmed. Traffic has been at a standstill for three weeks since thousands of New Orleans hurricane evacuees arrived in search of shelter.But Lafayette, the capital of Cajun country, still knows how to party.Throngs turned out during the weekend for the opening days of the Festivals Acadiens, billed as the largest Cajun festival in the world, in a show of just what joie de vivre means.

Hurricane Rita vs. Texas

Here’s the latest…she’s still coming.
So what is the big deal with Hurricane Rita? It could be the first major hurricane since Alicia in 1983 to hit the Texas coast! And here in the Brazos Valley we will not escape her effects. Of course, it is way too early to know exactly where Rita will strike but the Texas coast looks like a good bet. Based on the latest info, I believe Rita will strike somewhere between Galveston and Matagorda Bay and continue heading north into our backyards. Landfall will occur early Saturday morning. Source: Conley Isom meteorologist at KBTX Channel 3 News

On a personal note, this does not paint a pretty picture for my home and surroundings: there are only 2 trees within hundreds of yards of the house, 1 next to my parking spot, 1 next to my front window. Not good. We’ve gone through TS force winds before (70 mph) and the trees bent, lost leaves, but came back. If we get 80+ mph winds, I fear these trees won’t bounce back.

Until tomorrow or next time.