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Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Harvey has landed. Would our Texan and Louisiana members please check in?

Asked by Espiritus_Corvus (17232points) August 26th, 2017

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canidmajor's avatar

Remember, they may not have access to wifi for awhile, or the time to check in for a few days.

snowberry's avatar

Northwest Austin, Texas here.

We are hunkered down. I just stopped by the store and picked up dinner. Just as I left the store the wind picked up considerably. Local news says we have sustained wind at 40 mph and gusts up to 70 mph. My daughter works as an RN in downtown Austin, where it’s the worst now. We were talking about whether it’s wiser to take our heavier but larger profile Durango, or she will drive her own smaller car. She will leave this evening, and is taking an overnight bag.

snowberry's avatar

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It has been a little rough for all of us here.

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

^^Can you fix that link? It’s not working. Good luck, my friend. Please keep us posted.

canidmajor's avatar

Maybe if jellies are Facebook friends with other jellies who are in danger’s way could tell us if they have checked in as safe?

ragingloli's avatar

You scared of a little wind and rain?

funkdaddy's avatar

In Austin as well. Right now it’s mostly just wet and trying to plan for a week of rain and everything that comes with it. We’ll see.

If anyone had to leave their house and is in town, me and the kiddos are just hanging out all weekend, and we’ve got space if you need some. Whether it’s an afternoon to recharge or a couple nights. Really. Drop me a line here.

@ragingloli – some places are supposed to get 30–60 inches of rain in the next few days, hundreds of miles from the coast, so that’s more the concern now that the storm has hit. Anything low or near a river is probably going to be under water. Anything downstream from Southwest/Central Texas even more so because they’ll continue to get the water even after it passes overhead.

snowberry's avatar

@ragingloli it’s not just “a little wind and rain.” At 70 mph the wind isn’t so bad, but it’s still enough to tear off roofs and knock down trees. That kind of destruction can destroy a livelihood. What’s bad is the rain.

Central Texas is extremely flood prone, and even though we have learned to prepare for flooding, we’re having massive amounts of rain, far more han our system can handle. People die in weather like this. I’m certain that when it’s all over there will be fatalities, perhaps many.

snowberry's avatar

According to the news, whatever has been destroyed by flooding is mostly done, although in some places the water is still rising. The news just showed a video of whitecaps in someone’s front yard (their house is on a hill).

Now the greatest concern is tornadoes.

rojo's avatar

Wet but still kicking. Supposedly we have several more days of rain in our future. My particular part of the globe is forecast to have about 21” over the next four days. Hopefully not but there are those who are already dealing with the damage.
Good thing we haven’t fucked up our weather patterns.

rojo's avatar

@ragingloli Lived through Celia and several others. Not planning to get too worked up but taking precautions is based on prudence, not fear.

rojo's avatar

Went out this morning on my regular sojourn to the grocery store to purchase the weeks supply of staples and curse the Southern Baptists for keeping me from purchasing beer before noon on Sunday and I notice that in general there are two types of people here; those in their wellies and rain gear walking around the puddles and those who wear their sandals and shorts and go splashing through them.

chyna's avatar

^What is a wellie?

funkdaddy's avatar

@rojo – that’s funny. Went out this morning to walk to the mailbox and just take a look around. On the way back my neighbor calls out from their porch something like…

Neighbor: “Everything ok?”
Me: “Yeah, how about you guys?”
Neighbor: “We’re fine, why are you in the rain?”
Me: “getting the mail <shows mail>”
Neighbor: “Ohhh, saw you walk by and thought maybe you guys got flooded”
Me: “Nope, we’re good, thanks though!”

We lost power for 4–5 hours last night, but that’s really been the worst of it here so far. Houston seems to be another story and Rockport, well hopefully they get some help.

Also, don’t remember which direction you are, but been watching the low water crossings as an easy way to see where’s good to head out and where’s not.

@chyna – wellies are rain boots… I think it’s English/UK

snowberry's avatar

@chyna Wellies is short for Wellington boots. I searched for the name, and got everything but the Wellington brand. I wonder if the company is out of business.

snowberry's avatar

@ragingloli ” You scared of a little wind and rain?”

This wasn’t just a little wind and rain and you know it. I am still irritated that someone even needs to point this out to you. There are more than 30,000 people in shelters right now. When they have a chance to get back home they might find that there isn’t a home to get back to.

More than 30,000 in shelters
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/full-extent-of-harveys-aftermath-starts-to-come-into-chilling-focus/2017/08/27/1b2b184a-8b56-11e7-8df5-c2e5cf46c1e2_story.html?utm_term=.81f02b2bcbc4

Worst rainstorm in US history
http://grist.org/article/harvey-is-already-the-worst-rainstorm-in-u-s-history-and-its-still-raining/amp/

I encourage everybody on Fluther to donate to the victims of Harvey. It’s the least we can do.

Here is a short list of organizations accepting monetary donations.
http://gothamist.com/2017/08/28/donate_money_hurricane_harvey.php#photo-1

https://give.salvationarmyusa.org/site/Donation2?df_id=27651&mfc_pref=T&27651.donation=form1

Espiritus_Corvus's avatar

Thank you for the update, Snow.

The Wellington boot (photo) is a type of boot based upon leather Hessian boots. They were worn and popularised by Field Marshall Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, who is most famous for defeating Napoleon at Waterloo. This novel “Wellington” boot became a staple of hunting and outdoor wear for the British aristocracy in the early 19th century and is now worn by outdoor workers all over the world.

jca's avatar

@chyna: “Wellies” are now made in all sorts of colors, patterns and by designers, too.

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