I suppose this is what happens when I don’t watch the weather report for three days. Silly me; I’d thought Ivan was supposed to be somewhere in central Newfoundland by now. Now it’s just off the Texas Gulf Coast, and it’s scheduled to make landfall at Galveston sometime tonight. Thankfully, it’s “only” a tropical storm, and the forecast calls for perhaps 2”-5” of rain and winds approaching 50 MPH. We’ve seen worse here, so no one is losing any sleep- yet. Still, the tides here have been disturbingly high, and as Greg has mentioned, Todville Road here in Seabrook has been flooding. That in itself is hardly unusual in a storm of any magnitude, but Todville Road runs along the waterfront less than a half-mile from the plush, stylish, state-of-the-freakin’-art TPRS World Headquarters. With the lake in our backyard, flooding is a minimal threat for us, since the water level is about 6’ below the backyard. Folks in other parts of Seabrook and Kemah don’t have that good fortune going for them, though.
The wind has already picked up, and the clouds seem to be thickening. My plan is to leave work as early as possible just to be safe and be home. Hopefully, it will blow over quickly. You just never know with these storms, and all we can do is hope for the best.