Worked a typical day today. I stopped by Walmart one last time near the office for some last minute things. They still have plenty of batteries, but no propane. Driving home from work:
Westbound traffic was heavy, but typical. If TxDOT had finished the westbound lanes of the Katy Freeway by now (instead of the scheduled completion in October), I suspect there would have been no backup at all.
The evacuation has gone like clockwork. The State of Texas has clearly learned how to do this right. Of course, unlike Rita, the entire city of Houston isn't panicked and evacuating, just the people who truly need to. I will never forget that night as long as I live.
Ambulance convoy. These came speeding by at regular intervals. I assume they are moving critical care patients from UTMB Galveston inland.
Only a few people are boarding up in Katy. Good thing we've been in a mild drought lately. All of the storm water detention basins are empty. The non-descript house above: He did a great job boarding up, but that roof doesn't look so good.
Toilet water is ready to be flushed. Like most people out in the County, we live in a M.U.D. Power goes out, so goes the water for our subdivision. Most people in Houston are hooked up to the city water supply, so while they'll be sweaty and uncomfortable like us, at least they'll be able to flush at will.
Update: Some seriously good news. The NWS says the first cool front of the season will arrive Monday. This is great! Being without power is far better without the massive humidity and 95 degree highs typical of a Texas Gulf Coast summer. I'll take a high of 85 and dry air anytime. A high of 85 and a low of 65 with dry air? That's Chamber of Commerce weather. Once Ike is past, summer will be over for us. Yippee!
Doug: "I dare you to do a real estate bike ride while Ike comes through." Heh!