a friend recently wrote and encouraged me to write as much as possible through this whole thing. and so I’ll continue to do that.
other friends have written to see if we’re okay, which we are for now. basically we’re just waiting, worrying, and preparing. we suspect this thing will hit us sometime late Friday night.
we’re doing what a lot of people in Texas are doing right now, and that is watching a serious amount of news on TV. the rest are out there on the road, sitting still, taking naps.
got up around 4 am, with slight asthma. heard a tap tap tap. thought it was someone boarding up some windows, but it was a man and his family packing up all their stuff. his sandals flopping on the stairs… by now they’re out. I hope they will be alright; since they just got here from New Orleans, you can’t really blame them for leaving.
THE TRAFFIC JAMS ARE STILL RIDICULOUS. route 45 northbound is backed up for 100 miles. cars breaking down in the middle of all that. families sitting in cars for 14 hours or more. 95%, if not all, gas stations are closed. there were some whispers that the southbound lanes would be opened up for evacuation as well, but this continues to be neglected. this is the biggest crime of disorganization right now. shame shame.
4:30 I hit up the Kroger where there was actually water. a new stock was being put on the shelves. the workers say they are taking it hour by hour whether or not they’ll decide to leave, though admitted with the roads the way they are, they probably couldn’t.
a very thick, hot air permeates the atmosphere, even in the middle of the night. any temperatures reported for Texas seem about 15 degrees cooler than how it feels.
the hurricane, by the time it makes its way up through Galveston will calm some, bringing very high winds and hard rains. but this will also bring on crazy tornados, which I think we’re more worried about than anything.
well, if anything, we may be late on the rent…