Our family and friends thought we were crazy two years ago when we announced that we would be relocating from snowy Utah to hot, humid, hurricane stricken Southeast Texas. We bought our beautiful little 10 acre ranch only a couple months after Hurricane Rita had ripped through the area. The home we bought needed to replace the roof and make other "Rita damaged" repaired before we could proceed with the purchase.
So with that in our recent memories you'd think we would keep up to date on the storms blowing our way. But noooo, not us.
Late yesterday afternoon a friend stopped by to check on the horses he pastures here. He informed me that a storm was on Houston's doorstep and would hit us during the night. I immediated checked the computer and sure enough there it was. Satellite photos were showing the storm moving right up the highway to our little paradise.
I quickly tied down a few things and opened an irrigation trench that goes around one side of our house to prevent it from flooding. Then we had dinner and watched a dvd. The air outside was calm but dark. The storm hadn't hit when we went to bed about 10:30 and I figured it had stalled somewhere.
When I woke up this morning the air was still calm but the clouds had started clearing. Not a drop of rain nor a gush of wind had passed through during the night. The storm hit about 50 miles south of us in the Beaumont area and pushed eastward into Louisianna. Power was lost in Beaumont. Read the news here.
We have a lot of friends who live there. We are part of the Beaumont Stake. So we will be seeing if anyone needs our help with clean up etc. But for our family and friends... we are well, we are safe. Our first experience with a hurricane was not much of an experience at all.