Hurricane Ike is bearing down on the Texas coast. He’s got a chance of reaching a category 3 hurricane by the time he crashes into the coast. It’s predicted that he’s going to make landfall on or near Galviston Island. My in-laws have decided to stay and ride the storm out. They’re not in one of the zip codes that have mandatory evacuation orders. Most in Houston will stay. They were caught for hours in traffic when Hurricane Rita was threatening the Galviston/Houston area. It just happened to be the weekend of Miss K’s birthday party. That was 2005 and she was a category 5 that ended up hitting around Sabine Pass, Texas.
I lived in Houston in 1983 when Hurricane Alicia hit the Texas coast. Galveston to be exact. She came in as a category 3. I can remember that day so well. The trees laid flat in one direction. I mean flat. Then the wind stopped and it was just as clear as one could imagine. The sky was blue and you could even see the sun. We ran outside to pick some stuff up outside and I was just amazed that it was actually beautiful. I could feel a breeze again and dad told me to run. I looked up and I could see trees blowing closer and closer to our house. We no more than got inside and the trees literally whipped back over in the opposite direction and just laid there. The wind was so strong. The rain was pretty intense too. I found out what “raining sideways” really means. Hurricane Alicia made a path all the way up I-45 to Dallas and beyond. It was amazing. The eye had passed right over our house.
I do hope the people of Galveston are smart and evacuate. I don’t care what anyone says, it’s not safe to stay and ride out a hurricane. Then those same people expect to be rescued and saved. I can understand why my in-laws are doing it. They don’t live close to the shoreline. They don’t live where it’s flood prone. At this point, they have a choice and they’re doing what they think is best for them. I’ll be checking on them all weekend and in constant prayer for them and everyone in that region of the country.
Take a hike, Ike!!