Late Sunday evening, we drove south down an eerily empty highway. While one wouldn’t expect much traffic in north Houston on a Sunday after dark, a major highway with no cars whatsoever tends to give one pause. Further compounding the eeriness was the sheer darkness due to power outages; no streetlights or no town lights, just what we could see illuminated by our headlights. It was like driving in a bubble where the only world that existed was our own.
The rain and wind were relentless; we’d entered the outer bands of Hurricane Harvey about an hour south of Waco, a definitive storm on the horizon that we could discern from quite a ways out. The wind and rain howled from left to right as we drove deeper and deeper into the circulation; we had no real plan, only that we knew people needed help. That help would come in the form of volunteers like us, armed with boats, preparation and the altruistic spirit of helping our fellow man.
Lessons from Hurricane Harvey
I’d been watching Hurricane Harvey from early on, as I do with most weather events, it’s what I do as a Storm Chaser. As zero hour drew near I became exceedingly confidant that Harvey would be one for the books. The hurricane was large and slow moving, the type of storm conducive to extreme levels of flooding. As forecast, it impacted the Texas coast after bringing it to a near halt. Harvey sat there dumping trillions of gallons of water on the Houston area and the situation for many folks grew dire. This was a once in a lifetime event, one could live another hundred years and never see the levels of rain and flooding that occurred in Houston.
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