He'll be no threat to us, but this could be an indicator of another busy hurricane season. We've had our share of hurricanes and tropical storms in this area over the years - I have lived here (about half-way between Houston and Galveston) all my life, and have weathered many a storm. Sometimes it's exciting to have a storm head our way - the media reports on it non-stop, and if it's just a tropical storm - or even a small hurricane - we only expect a lot of rain, probably some flooding, and perhaps some strong winds. It's a good excuse to buy a bunch of canned goods and bottled water and hunker down for a couple of days. But sometimes the excitement turns to worry and fear. A few of the bigger storms I remember the most are:
- Hurricane Alicia in 1983, which we rode out in our house. It was scary.
- Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 flooded the Houston area like we've never seen, turning the Bayou City into one giant bayou.
- Hurricane Rita in 2005, who headed our way close on the heels of Hurricane Katrina, so everyone's guard was up - when she reached a Category 4, then 5, there was widespread panic to evacuate. It was the worst traffic jam in history, and it took my family 19 hours to drive to my Granddaddy's house in Dallas (normally a 4-hour drive). We call it the "Runaway Scrape", and it was a nightmare that I NEVER wish to re-live. I said it then and say it today - I think I'd rather be plucked off my roof by a helicopter than to sit thru another evacuation like that. And then the storm hooked north and didn't even come here. We really didn't have to leave after all. But better safe than sorry, I guess.
So we turn our eyes to the Atlantic, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico for the summer and fall, hoping to escape Mother Nature's wrath for another year. And making sure all our insurance is up to date.