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Old 08-24-17, 04:23 PM
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Hurricane Harvey

It has a nice ring to it...but it's shaping up to be a nasty one. Here in Austin they're predicting 8 - 12" of rain. Thankfully, they are predicted to be spaced out in rain bands, so less risk of flash floods but we'll see.

Houston...2' of rain possibly? They are calling for evacuations along the coast and some are mandatory.

Hang on TX/LA/MS...this could be bad.

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i love storms when no one gets hurt they relax me
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I was planning of flying into Austin Friday night for a wedding Sat. Wife is already there. I am 99% canceling, but the wedding so far is still on...
It would be stupid to fly to Austin for the weekend, right?
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Originally Posted by noisebeam View Post
I was planning of flying into Austin Friday night for a wedding Sat. Wife is already there. I am 99% canceling, but the wedding so far is still on...
It would be stupid to fly to Austin for the weekend, right?
Yes!
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I was planning of flying into Austin Friday night for a wedding Sat. Wife is already there. I am 99% canceling, but the wedding so far is still on...
It would be stupid to fly to Austin for the weekend, right?
No, not if you are attending an event of some kind. If there's any real risk (other than getting wet) the pilot will divert, or the airline will cancel.

So, in your shoes, I'd stick to the plan, but watch the weather, and check for possible cancellation before heading to the airport.

Keep in mind that if the airline cancels you get a refund or rebook (your choice), but if you cancel, they don't have to refund, though they might.
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Originally Posted by noisebeam View Post
I was planning of flying into Austin Friday night for a wedding Sat. Wife is already there. I am 99% canceling, but the wedding so far is still on...
It would be stupid to fly to Austin for the weekend, right?
You'd leave your wife in the flood and certain riots and panic?
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Originally Posted by George View Post
Yes!
Sounds smart
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No,
Can't you guys agree on anything?
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You'd leave your wife in the flood and certain riots and panic?
Yeah, I wouldn't want to miss the fun.

My wife grew up in Port A, then moved to Austin during grade school. Family has the Port A home buttoned up and her brother left Corpus and they are all in Austin now.
The wedding is wife's high school girl friend. Me and our son were only accessories. I didn't want to go even before the storm and wife considered me a grumpy party pooper, but now she is supportive of us not coming now, not only supportive, but suggested it.

Ticket is SWA, can use full fare for future flight.
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You'd leave your wife in the flood and certain riots and panic?

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Originally Posted by noisebeam View Post

Can't you guys agree on anything?......
Of course not. We're a very disagreeable bunch.
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Originally Posted by noisebeam View Post
Sounds smart


....The wedding is wife's high school girl friend. Me and our son were only accessories. I didn't want to go even before the storm and wife considered me a grumpy party pooper, but now she is supportive of us not coming now, not only supportive, but suggested it.

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That put an entirely different spin on it. So a storm that's a major headache for everyone else is a lagniappe for you. You get credit for being willing, without having to actually go through with it.

Go ahead, protect your son, spare your wife the dark cloud you'd bring with you. Maybe you and the son can go to a ball game or do something else together.
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Old 08-24-17, 07:26 PM
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It may be a little late now, but before storms you should always fill up the tanks on your vehicles, and stock up on things you might need. This sounds like common sense, but common sense is surprisingly uncommon.

Back in 2005, I lived in South Florida, and during that summer we were hit by three large hurricanes, Katrina, Rita, and Wilma. South Florida is well prepared for such events. Homes have shutters, evacuation routes are well marked, and the cities all have plans on how to deal with storms.

Katrina and Rita passed through as full hurricanes, but caused little in the way of damage. A few downed trees, some flooding in the streets, and temporary power outages.

But then Wilma came through, and packed a much harder punch. In Florida construction standards for buildings are high, roofs and roofing surfaces are supposed with withstand hurricane-force winds. Luckily those on my house did, but quite a few others didn't. Thousands of wooden power line poles were knocked down, leaving millions without power. My house had no electricity for a week. I rigged together a few solar panels from construction markers, some golf cart batteries, and a power inverter, and I was able to keep my refrigerator working until power was restored.

But despite Wilma being the third hurricane of the summer, many people were caught unprepared. They had no gasoline for their cars or generators, they had no food, etc etc. The grocery stores were open, but lines were long and slow as purchase were rung up on hand calculators, and receipts hand written. Fresh foods disappeared quickly, but there was always a good stock of canned and dried foods. Oil companies brought large generators to power up their gasoline stations, so gas could be bought, but lines were long, and supplies short.

But within a few weeks, everyone was working as it always had. The only evidence that a storm had hit were the blue tarps on people's roofs, and piles of storm debris (mostly felled trees) piled up in city parks waiting to be mulched and hauled away.
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Maybe you and the son can go to a ball game or do something else together.
We already have a bike ride planned for Saturday morning and hike for Sunday!
(and I got to learn what a lagniappe is)
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We already have a bike ride planned for Saturday morning and hike for Sunday!
(and I got to learn what a lagniappe is)
That's another one.
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First rain bands hit here in Houston about an hour ago. Going to be an exciting weekend with predictions of up to now 30+ inches of rain through Tuesday.

Problem is the track of the storm isn't tracking at all - it's going to stall as soon as it makes landfall, then slowly move up the coast.

They are thinking by Tuesday it will STILL possibly be a tropical storm or depression. Like, wtf!!



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An old boss of mine used to go back to Houston after every hurricane to help his brother fix his house. Cut out the bottom 2'-3' of sheetrock, fan the whole house dry, then replace the sheetrock.
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First rain bands hit here in Houston about an hour ago. Going to be an exciting weekend with predictions of up to now 30+ inches of rain through Tuesday.
Florida Man here...

Having been through a half dozen of these or so, my experience is that the rainfall is VERY unpredictable. When they said we would get tons (Hurricane Matthew, Charley, etc.), we got very little. When they said we were OK (Tropical Storm Fay), we flooded.

It's usually not as bad as you would think, unless landfall is near you. But, the rain could go either way, no matter what they say. The worst of it is usually losing power, which sucks. Good luck!

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Originally Posted by noisebeam View Post
I was planning of flying into Austin Friday night for a wedding Sat. Wife is already there. I am 99% canceling, but the wedding so far is still on...
It would be stupid to fly to Austin for the weekend, right?
Flying into a hurricane for a wedding....that is a double negative.
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No hurricane should be named Harvey. I am renaming it Henrietta.
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No hurricane should be named Harvey. I am renaming it Henrietta.
There were some real "winners" this year.

In addition to Harvey...Gert?...Irma?...Tammy?... Ophelia?... Whitney?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2017_A...on#Storm_names
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So where is the crazy preacher crying out that Texas deserves Hurricane Harvey for all the sins of the state?
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I have a sister in Clear Lake Shores, hoping for the best. They got flooded by Hurricane Ike I believe.
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You'd leave your wife in the flood and certain riots and panic?

"certain riots and panic"? Get real.
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Glad I am not going to Austin, not so much a personal safety issue, but it also gives more space to everyone else who may be going to inland there.

I was in Houston for Allison and recall being stuck for a bit due to flooded bayous and campus had places with 3' of standing water. Similar to as predicted for Harvey with slow movement and dumping of lots of rain. The city is basically a drained swamp so it floods easy.
I wonder if my in laws home in Port A will survive if there is a massive tide surge.
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First rain bands hit here in Houston about an hour ago. Going to be an exciting weekend with predictions of up to now 30+ inches of rain through Tuesday.

Problem is the track of the storm isn't tracking at all - it's going to stall as soon as it makes landfall, then slowly move up the coast.

They are thinking by Tuesday it will STILL possibly be a tropical storm or depression. Like, wtf!!



I'll post pics as I can.
We had major flooding here after 7" of rain in 2010, 30+" is hard to comprehend for me. I hope things work out for you.
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No hurricane should be named Harvey. I am renaming it Henrietta.
My vote would've been for Hurricane Harold Hecuba.

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