Southeast Texas hit by heavy rains around 12 p.m. on Sunday. What is left of Hurricane Patricia is still looking to cause trouble and it has done that quite effectively so far. Roads were flooded in Southeast Texas and you would think that a freight train would never derail, but floods taught us otherwise and unleashed havoc as soon as it got one.
Annise Parker, Houston Mayor, has declared that people “should be prepared to be patient.” With a storm hitting this hard, there is no doubt that there will be casualties along the way, but with good organization and patience, people will get over this issue quickly, just like they have done in many years past.
The meteorologist who is in charge at the National Weather Service in Houston, Brian Kyle, stated that forecasters suspect Saturday night rains to grow stronger with every passing hour. It is widely believed that the majority of rainfall will occur from Saturday night until Sunday noon, but the amounts that were involved range from insignificant to quite disturbing: from a few inches to 1 foot offshore.
The Bolivar Peninsula’s inhabitants were literally forced out of their comfort zone as Mark Henry, the Galveston County Judge, evacuated the region after having learnt that it would experience conditions that were very difficult to deal with. The Peninsula had been predicted to be assaulted with 8 to 12 inches o rain and tides that would go up to 4 or even 5 feet high.
But Brittany Rainville, the county’s spokeswoman, is skeptical about the evacuation. She thinks that the majority of the people will remain within the proximity of their homes simply because they are used to flooding. It is very interesting to think that while the rest of the world is figuring out what to do and where to go, these people will buy groceries and watch TV like there is nothing happening.
Galveston and Houston are expected to be hit quite hard, so authorities have declared that the regions will remain under a flash flood watch until Monday morning. If the situation seems to get out of control, they will intervene and help everybody to safety. But as long as there is no actual danger, the people are free to do as they please. Southeast Texas hit by heavy rains? We will just have to wait and see about that.
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