Harvey is coming, and as usual, his arrival is full of hype and breathless reporting locally and nationally. so far it is still just a depression and hasn’t formed into an official tropical storm. Yet.
A Hurricane Watch and Storm Surge Watch is posted for much of the coast of Texas, as Tropical Depression Harvey treks northwestwards at 9 mph over the Gulf of Mexico. An Air Force hurricane hunter plane found that Harvey had reorganized into a tropical cyclone on Wednesday morning, with a large, disorganized closed surface circulation and top winds to 35 mph. Harvey is expected to intensify into a strong tropical storm or Category 1 hurricane that will bring dangerous flooding rains in excess of 10” to Texas late this week. This Hurricane Watch is the first for any part of Texas since Hurricane Ike in 2008.
Landfall is expected to be near Corpus Christi. pretty far away. The thing with this storm is that it is unorganised and expected to move very slowly. It’s expected to drop a lot of rain. What it also means is that we don’t expect much in the way of hurricane force winds or an overwelming tidal surge. Just a lot of rain over 3 or 4 days. This isn’t going to be an Ike or a Rita at least in this area.
We have a personal policy of evacuation and doing it early under any serious threat. Harvey so far poses no such threat to us. Galveston is an Island flat and exposed to the Gulf of Mexico. Real tidal surges and hurricane force winds are dangerous to us, but we can handle lots of rain pretty well, Rain will pretty much just run off into the Gulf. The real threat is to the Mainland, Houston is flat and lots of poorly drained areas. 10 inches or more of rain and there will be flooding of highways and neighbourhoods. There is no place for the water to go.
So how bad will it get in Galveston? Mostly it’s gonna be wet and miserable. We plan on staying home unless there is a good break in the weather. If we do venture out it probably won’t be off Island. With this much rain we are likely to lose power, hopefully, it will be momentary. The likely hood of us losing power isn’t so much a reflection on the severity of Harvey, but the unreliable power we have on the Island. As long as there aren’t any widespread power outages on the Mainland any power outages will be brief. Long term power outages are awfully uncomfortable here. Losing TV, lights and internet isn’t so bad, but not having air conditioning in Texas in August would be very uncomfortable.
We want to Sams club and picked up a few things. a case of 28 bottles of spring water. The same water we normally drink. Some canned chicken meat mayo. beer and wine. Got some eggs and cheese at the grocery stores. Both cars are topped off just in case we decide later to evacuate. I have several flashlights and lamps that are rechargeable, and have them all topped off. Download a couple of Kindle books. I have a radio with new batteries. I think we are prepared pretty well, plenty of food. I sometimes wish I had a generator though.