September 12, 2008
I didn't update on Hurricane Ike yesterday, so here's the latest.
The hurricane's path has turned slightly north towards the Houston area. My hometown is an hour and a half south of Houston. This is good news for my immediate family, but with the very unpredictable nature of hurricanes, they are far from being out of the woods.
I said in my last post that my mom had already evacuated, but I had assumed wrong. She actually hadn't at that point. Yesterday she got her whole house boarded up and then decided to stay until this morning and reassess the situation. Let's just say that I hope her reassessment has her driving to San Antonio where she'll be much farther inland. As a matter of fact, I just read on CNN that those who decide to stay and stare down the storm are doing something similar to staring into the barrel of a gun.
Yikes. Mom, are you listening?
I spoke with both my dad and my aunt on Wednesday and figured out that my dad will be safe and taken care of through this. Good - one parent down, one to go.
Ike is expected to make landfall late tonight or early tomorrow and be at least a category 3 hurricane. You can bet money on the fact that I will be sleeping fitfully or not at all.
As always, thanks so much for your comments, thoughts, and prayers.
(image from here)