After trashing the Rockport area, Hurricane Harvey has only just begun to wreak its havoc on the Texas Gulf Coast. It’s already clear that the most widespread damage from Harvey is going to be the flooding — it’s scary when meteorologist start talking about rainfall in feet, and they are. 1-3 feet (that’s 30.48-91.44 cm of rainfall for the metric crowd). Harvey’s one-two punch is not just the flooding caused by rain on the coast, but it’s bringing torrential rains hundreds of miles inland into east Texas, which is going to put an ungodly amount of water into the rivers in that area, so right about the time the rain flooding is subsiding, the rivers are going to flood.
Last I heard 300,000 people are without power. Here are some of the rainfall totals (multiply these number by 2.5 for cm) measured between Thursday evening and 10 a.m. this (Sunday) morning. (These are small towns in the Houston/Gulf Coast area)
SANTA FE 27.42
SOUTH HOUSTON 24.54
LEAGUE CITY 22.08
LA GRANGE 18.89
SUGAR LAND 17.97
CLEAR CREEK AT BAY AREA BLVD 17.84
HOUSTON NE 17.22
NEW ULM 16.14
PECAN GROVE 15.80
ALVIN 3 SW 15.16
I have relatives in Galveston, Pearland, Santa Fe, Alvin, and a blog friend in League City.
I’ve talked/texted with one cousin, EJ, in Pearland. They were OK as of this afternoon, as are her son and his wife and baby in Galveston. But her brother, my cousin BJ, is in the hospital with double pneumonia, and has been there for several weeks now, and the hospital he’s in is in that area. Still no word about how my cousin WM (and her cows!) is doing. My cousin DJ lives in Santa Fe, and as you can see, they’ve gotten 27+ inches of rain already. No word from him yet either.
I’ve quit watching the news. It’s breaking my heart. I’ve done all I can do. Donate to the American Red Cross, people. Donate money. Any amount. Whatever you can. Even if it’s just $5.