Wednesday, September 12, 2007

TS Humberto: Battening the hatches

Tropical Depression Nine popped up unexpectedly this morning just off the Texas coast, and within hours brewed itself into strong Tropical Storm Humberto. Humberto is expected to make landfall somewhere between Galveston and Port Arthur in the wee hours Thursday morning. (The tiny red box in the photo above denotes the approximate location of my desk in Beaumont.)

Just 12 days short of the second anniversary of Hurricane Rita, there's more trepidation in Southeast Texas air, but a tropical storm only a couple hundred miles off the coast is unlikely to roil into a full-fledged Category 3 hurricane. While Rita raked across the landscape with 130-mph winds and falling trees caused much of the damage, Humberto is more likely to cause severe flooding, with 5 to 10 inches of rain expected (15 inches in some isolated areas.) Different storm, different threat.

Nobody's evacuating. Nobody's stocking up on food and water. Nobody's nailing plywood to their windows. But that doesn't mean there isn't some adrenaline flowing in Southeast Texans' veins right now. After all, we learned one thing from Her Terribleness Rita: Don't underestimate a storm.

1 comment:

SingingSkies said...

Just be sure you don't try to open a 2-liter bottle of soda while leaning over it. Almost broke my nose doing that when Tropical Storm Claudette(?) came through the area in the late 70's. The pressure differential caused the lid to fly off with great speed toward a close encounter of the painful kind.

Other than that, we were flooded in with no electricity for about 24 hours. Of course, the parts of the Golden Triangle that flood severely at the drop of a hat are going to get it big time, especially if His Horribleness continues his journey at his current poky pace.