I was thinking earlier today how impressed I am that people are actually taking this storm seriously. If we have learned one thing from Katrina, it is to pay attention to the storm warnings and leave town when you are told to leave town. Now that Galveston & Houston are facing a potential category 5 hurricane, people are getting out of the path of the storm. But then there are the people that you end up seeing on the news later – the ones saying, “uh uh, I’m not leaving my house!”
Great. So Saturday someone is going to have to go in and rescue you when all hell breaks loose, huh? Makes sense. They tell you to leave for a reason – get out.
Then there are people that think I’m crazy for leaving town. First of all, I will be the first to point out that Houston is very different from New Orleans because we are above sea level. If it floods, it drains. If there is a big storm surge, as we are expecting, the water won’t drain quite as fast because there will be nowhere for it to go. I know all of this – but I still don’t want to stay. It’s great if you’re staying in town, but don’t chastise those people that are leaving. They may have their reasons. Obviously, I have commitments with Blogomania that require me to need internet access and power. But everyone has their reasons for making their choices. As Michael Barry just said on the news, if you can get out – get out. Storms are unpredictible by their very nature. Where I lived when Allison hit had never ever flooded before – but that night, it flooded. All over the place, surrounding where I lived. So why risk it? Why stay?
Once the water starts to rise, it is too late to leave town.
I just don’t get the people beating their chests and bragging about how they made it through all of these other storms in the past. Great. But those storms didn’t have the potential to bring 120 mph winds to your front door. If we learned anything from Allison, realize that anything can happen. Hurricanes have a mind of their own. This can be the time that your house floods. If you want to be there when it happens, more power to you. Me? I would rather be over in Austin, enjoying a visit that Tara and I have actually been trying to make happen for months. We may as well make the most of it – why stay here when I don’t have to? I’ll take my family and our pets, and have a nice weekend.
120 mph winds. I can’t even grasp how bad it is going to be here on Saturday morning.
Once we get to Austin, margaritas are of course on the menu. We’ll be toasting those of you “brave” enough to stay behind.