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YellowRose
08-25-2017, 10:59 PM
I am receiving a good number of inquiries regarding my situation and Hurricane Harvey. Here is how it is going here so far. We had a bright, sunny day, with just a spot of rain late in the afternoon and so far tonight, it is still quiet here. Harvey has come onto shore at Rockport, about 161 miles south of me, and about 80 miles from my son's home in Cuero. Cuero seems to be in the direct path of this presently Cat 4 storm, which is thought it will go down to a Cat 1 after it comes fully on shore. My son, family and friends are enjoying a Hurricane Party in his ManCave in the garage, shooting pool and probably tossing a few cold ones. He plans on riding out the storm, and it would not be the first one he has.

As for me, they are predicting about 10-12" of rain here, with winds from 55-80mph or so over the next few days. Much depends on whether or not this storm keeps heading North, as they often have in the past and downgrading as it goes. But this one is thought that it will stall shortly after landfall and sit there for several days and spin and spin, dumping all that water in it from the Gulf and flooding everything with rain from 35-53 INCHES! Then they think it will head back out into the Gulf again, and take a turn towards Houston or New Orleans. Neither of which can handle a ton of rain because they are just barely above sea level in Houston, and below sea level in New Orleans. We know what happens to that city with excessive rainfall.

IF this thing keeps going North, then it looks like it could go right through San Antonio. It would not be the first time, as we had one do that in the early 1970's with 100mph winds. IF I lose power, and John ~ Jopizz or Dave ~ simplyconnected do not see me logged onto the Forum, they will take over until I get back up. If I keep my power, I will post from time to time to let you know which county I have been blown into, or if I am still in my chair in front of the PC! Thanks for the concern of those who have written or called me to see how we are doing. As the night goes by, and Harvey gets closer, it might get to be a little wild through the night, tomorrow and Sunday...

Here is my link to weather.com and what the radar is showing now. You can zoom in and out for better viewing.

https://weather.com/weather/radar/interactive/l/USTX1200:1:US?layer=radar&overlays=currtrafficspeed&zoom=9

simplyconnected
08-26-2017, 01:03 AM
Robin & I are praying for light damage and for the folks who stayed to 'weather the storm'.

There is a high-pressure area pushing the hurricane back down, which will cause the storm to stay put and 'pinwheel' instead of moving north.

The news reports are telling us that Washington will not make the same 'Katrina' mistakes as they are moving ahead in a proactive stance instead of waiting until the 'smoke clears'. All of our generators from Michigan's box stores have been sent to Texas, in preparation for massive power outages. Local Texas governments are preparing for an orderly and law-abiding recovery. This was the main reason why so many stayed home, to secure their stuff. With God's help, Texas will suffer minimal consequences.

Don't worry about Squarebirds.org, Ray. You take care of yourself and your family. John and I can hold down the fort. - Dave

YellowRose
08-26-2017, 01:14 AM
Thanks for the comments and prayers. San Antonio has taken in many bus loads of people from the Coast and are putting them up here until this blows over. So far, you would not even know there was a hurricane south of me here.. But over night and the weekend, we will probably start getting dumped on big time, and the winds will kick up to around Tropical Storm or Cat 1 limits they think.. I will let you know how things go as I can and if I need to, I will bail out of here and go to my daughters home in the Hill Country.. about 50 miles further north.

YellowRose
08-26-2017, 02:37 AM
Still no storm activity here, but the outer bands are getting closer and we should start feeling some effects overnight. It has been downgraded from a Cat 4 to a Cat 3 now, and is expected to downgrade to a Cat 1 eventually. I am calling it a night.

YellowRose
08-26-2017, 09:15 AM
Morning update! I just got up a few minutes ago. I was not awoken by any heavy rain or storm activity here. Harvey has been downgraded from a Cat 4 to a Cat 1, with wind gusts up to 80mph. Here we have had some rain and the trees are whipping around at 24mph. According to the radar presently, the eye is just south of my youngest son's home in Cuero and headed right for them. They have lost power, and it is raining fairly hard, and blowing and going. However, it appears that they do not have any damage. However, the city of Rockport south of them where the eye came in does. The roof of their high school partially collapsed it is reported and there is damage to a senior center. City officials are just getting out to see how bad it is. I have not seen any reports of deaths yet. Most of the storm bands have been off to the northeast of the eye, hitting the Houston and Austin area, but not effecting us much yet. So far there is no indication that this is going to turn south and head back to the Gulf. It is following a path of Hurricanes of past years, to this point, of going inland and blowing itself out. If you want to get a better picture of what is happening, try clicking on the weather.com link in my first post, or bring up http://www.drudgereport.com.

Joe Johnston
08-26-2017, 09:24 AM
Hope the wind continues to subside. Our daughter lives in San Antonio and we are in constant contact with her. Raining harder here in Naples FL than where she lives - but that will definitely change as the storm slowly moves.

Stay safe and hopefully dry in the garage!

Dan Leavens
08-26-2017, 10:06 AM
Ray. Marg and I pray that the the hurricane moves out to sea and that there is no serious damage done inland. Our thoughts are with you and all squarebird families that may be affected . Stay safe.

YellowRose
08-26-2017, 04:12 PM
Update: At the moment, we are getting little rain and not much wind. An occasional band comes through with winds up around 25-35mph. Not much to this so far, for us. Harvey has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm now. My youngest son and family weathered through the storm and the eye of it, with little damage. However, there is some damage in Cuero. The damage in Rockport is pretty extensive from what I am seeing, with one death there being reported. My family was planning on going to Rockport over Labor Day to go fishing. I doubt that will happen now... Harvey seems to be taking a NNW turn slightly, so perhaps it is going to do that U'ie and head south again. However, it has gone much further north then they expected it to, but it still might turn south. The eye is much closer to me now then it was, but we are still on the western side of it and not getting much in the way of effects from it. No tornado alerts, hail, heavy rain, or very high winds so far....

YellowRose
08-27-2017, 02:31 AM
Latest Update: We are still getting some rain and wind here off and on. Most of the more severe activity is to the east of us, off towards the Houston area, which is having a lot of flooding. Tropical Storm Harvey's eye is sitting around Gonzales, just south of the I-10 interstate between here and Houston. It is just sitting there and spinning. It has yet to make that turn to the south that has been predicted that it would. It is dumping half the Gulf on the area it is covering now and they predict it will do that for the next few days, unless it moves south and out into the Gulf again. If it does that, they think it will move eastward and really clobber the Houston or New Orleans area. So that is where this stands now. Here is the weather radar for my area to give you an idea of what it looks like.

https://weather.com/weather/radar/interactive/l/USTX1200:1:US?layer=radar&overlays=currtrafficspeed&zoom=9

YellowRose
08-27-2017, 09:45 AM
Morning Update: We continue to get some rain and wind off and on. A rain and wind band just whipped through us. It is nothing like Houston, Galveston, and points east and northeast of us are getting. Check out www.drudgereport or FoxNews for updates on that area. Harvey just seems to be sitting there, spinning and not moving at all. It looks to be in about the same location it was yesterday evening. There does not seem to be any indication of it doing a U'ie, and heading south. If anything, it looks like it might be backing up a bit and turning to the south southeast slightly... Last I heard my son in Cuero was still without power, as is much of the area along the coast. There have been 5 deaths reported so far, and over 1,000 rescued from what I just read.

Dan Leavens
08-27-2017, 10:04 AM
Ray:

Just saw news pics of Rockfort and the flooding, devastation. It is a miracle that there has not been more fatalities. Stay safe.

simplyconnected
08-27-2017, 02:19 PM
We have been following it too. 500,000 without power, many under water, ~1,000 rescued but the death toll is down to a minimum for a 500-year catastrophe. Thank God Trump is ahead of the game and well prepared, unlike past presidents. This team is the best we have ever seen. - Dave

YellowRose
08-28-2017, 12:00 AM
Tonights Update: Tropical Storm Harvey has backed up, back over the Cuero area (last I heard, my son still is without power but is okay) and according to my local weather the eye is now sitting nearly back on the coastline somewhere around Port Lavaca, or Port O'Connor. It packs winds of about 45mph now, and expected to go back into the Gulf for about 24 hours, and then move back in across the coastline again moving to the northeast and go by Houston on the EAST side of the city. That means that Baytown, and New Orleans and the Louisiana area are going to get more of it, but still at Tropical Storm levels. Rainfall in my part of the city has only been 1 inch, as we have been pretty well out of the range of this storm. In fact, we spent part of the day in the sun, and it was cool enough not to even run the AC the last few days. On the eastern side, 3 inches, but areas to the northeast of us have had 23 inches of rain and Houston 22 inches to this point. For a lot more details on this storm check out the Drudge Report. www.drudgereport.com. We have rain in our forecast for the entire coming week, higher forecasts the first few days but then tapering off as this system finally moves out of our area to attack other parts of the country...

Dan Leavens
08-28-2017, 08:31 AM
Ray glad to hear that the tropical storm has " Rainfall in my part of the city has only been 1 inch, as we have been pretty well out of the range of this storm"

Our thoughts and prayers are with the areas hit when Harvey comes back inland.

YellowRose
08-28-2017, 01:04 PM
This mornings Update: Tropical Storm Harvey is back on the coastline with about 40mph winds. It will move back into the Gulf for a day or so, and then move back into the Texas coastline, is the prediction. This time, it may go back in around Galveston, or just east of it or Houston. That is good if it does because it puts them on the LEFT side of the storm where less damage occurs. It is bad news for far east Texas, and Louisiana and other areas east of that, because they will be catching the east side storm bands instead.. As for my son, his power is back on, and they were out looking for a restaurant to eat breakfast at... He said he has not gotten much sleep since Thursday....

bird 60
08-28-2017, 08:15 PM
Glad to hear that things are for the better Ray.Hopefully there won't be any more destruction, & I wish the very best for the people that were hard done by.

Chris......From OZ.

YellowRose
08-29-2017, 01:57 AM
Latest Update on TS Harvey. It has moved back into the Gulf packing 45mph winds and will probably sit there for a day or two. It has moved a bit eastward on the coastline and is expected to go back inland as a Tropical Storm somewhere EAST of Houston. If it does, that should help that city because it will be to the WEST of the eye. Unfortunately, that means that more of Louisiana and New Orleans in particular is gonna get a lot more rain dumped on it. Then by around Thursday, it is predicted to head off up Louisiana, towards Memphis and mess with that part of the country. But it will have lost its source of water and should eventually fade out... Here is the current radar.

https://weather.com/weather/radar/interactive/l/USTX1200:1:US?layer=radar&overlays=currtrafficspeed&zoom=9

YellowRose
08-29-2017, 01:13 PM
Latest update: Reportedly, a 15th person has lost their life as a result of this storm, when a policeman was reported to have drowned in his patrol car. One levee has been reported having been breached southwest of Houston, and people in that area have been told to leave. Two reservoirs in Houston have overflowed and will further flood Houston. One of them that I know of is the one they were letting water out of to try and prevent that from happening, which caused further flooding. Now there will be even more. It is reported that Houston as received 49.2" of rain to break an old record. Houston normally gets that kind of rain in a YEAR! Pres. Trump and First Lady Melania have landed in Corpus Christi and have met with the Governor of Texas and is meeting with others to see what further needs to be done to help Texas and Louisina. He brought key members of his administration with him to assist in surveying the damage. It is being reported that this storm will start moving inland in the next day or so, EAST of Houston and will make landfall in Louisiana, which is already getting clobbered by heavy rains and wind, as is New Orleans...

YellowRose
08-29-2017, 05:07 PM
The following information has been suggested if members of Squarebirds.org want to do whatever they can to assist in the Disaster Recovery from the damage done by Hurricane Harvey. This Hurricane is being labeled as the most damaging one of the last 500 years, and some say the last 1,000 years because of the extreme flood damage primarily. It is being reported that the Houston area has received 52.3" of rainfall, over just a few days which exceeds their yearly annual totals.

It has been suggested that you might want to donate, through your church, or through organizations that are providing immediate funding, supplies and manpower to the victims of the Hurricane. One organization that comes to mind is Rev. Franklin Graham's "Samaritans Purse" relief organization. They have been providing great worldwide relief for quite a few years. They have been in Houston working as quickly as they could get there, with two units in that area now and several more units to follow.

https://www.samaritanspurse.org/disaster/hurricane-harvey/?utm_source=Ggl&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=m_YGHH-F17V_HHFG-LP

Your Pastor can provide you with information regarding other Hurricane Harvey relief units that they are supporting or put you in contact with others.

Another good organization to consider is the Salvation Army.

https://give.salvationarmyusa.org/site/Donation2?df_id=27651&mfc_pref=T&27651.donation=form1

It is not the intent of Squarebirds.org to recommend one organization over another. Please perform your own research as to which organizations are providing active relief.

YellowRose
08-30-2017, 12:29 AM
Latest Update: TS Harvey is moving back onto the Texas coastline and will probably go in over night in the Galveston area, east of Houston, moving northeast. It is being predicted that the rain will end in Houston tonight and if you look at the projected radar image that seems to be so. Winds are at 50mph now as it will head towards the Texas/Louisiana line, then up through Louisiana and up towards Memphis. It looks like Houston is finally going to be free of the rainfall from this Hurricane, but certainly not from all the water that has piled up because of it. It may be days before the streets are clear of water, or even longer... This is going to be a very long and probably the most costly hurricane recovery in our history.

YellowRose
08-30-2017, 09:37 AM
This mornings update: TS Harvey has gone ashore in the area of the Texas/Louisiana border. Radar shows that Houston is entirely clear of the storm bands, and the rain should be gone. The storm is projected to continue dumping rain on Louisiana and other States to the east of it, as it moves up towards Memphis...

YellowRose
08-30-2017, 11:59 PM
Tonights Update: Harvey has been downgraded from a Tropical Storm to a Tropical Depression as it starts to move northeast away from the Texas/Louisiana coast. Eventually, it will clear Louisiana and move up into Tennessee. Storm bands continue to pummel Louisiana, the Florida Panhandle, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia and the Carolinas. There have been 27 deaths reported now, including 6 in one family when their van was washed away. One person managed to escape from it. There are reported to be 17 other deaths that are being investigated as possibly storm related. People in the flood areas are being rescued by the thousands, from the air by helicopters, the "Texas & Louisiana Navy" of fishing, and air boats, and neighbors just wading through the water and rescuing their neighbors and getting them to shelters. This storm will probably go down as the greatest storm damage in history, especially because of the severe flooding. I saw an estimate of $160 BILLION in the future to repair the damage.. No one will know until much further down the road. The total rainfall either has exceeded that which Hawaii received some years ago, or is very close to it. I have seen reports of 52 inches officially of rain..

I have not mentioned this before, but some of our Forum members have friends and family living in the San Antonio, Houston, and Louisiana area... Some of them have let me know how their friends and family have faired.... Of course, we also have a good number of our fellow Tbird owners who also live in the area of this storm. We can only hope that they, their family, homes and Tbirds have survived... When you can, those of you who are Tbird owners and members of this Forum, please let me know how you are fairing...

YellowRose
08-31-2017, 02:23 PM
Today Update on TS Harvey, now downgraded to a Low system and moving out of the northeastern corner of Louisiana. Search, rescue and recovery operations continue on in the Houston, East Texas, Louisiana area as flood waters start to go down. This will probably be the last report on Hurricane Harvey by me.

However, Tropical Storm Irma is making it's way across the Atlantic and is not really indicating which direction it might go in. Some models say it will hit the Leeward Islands. Others say Florida or the Carolina's. It is forecasted to be the next Stage 4 Hurricane to enter our area...

Here is a picture of what IH-10 looked like at the height of the flooding. This picture was said to be taken between Houston and Beaumont. No! That is NOT the Gulf you are looking at! That was the freeway! As many of you know, that is the main interstate that links the West Coast to the East Coast in Florida, and runs right through the heart of San Antonio. I have driven that interstate in both directions to both coasts and I have NEVER, EVER seen it look like that, even after driving it shortly after a Hurricane hit in past years. Here is that picture...

Joe Johnston just sent me a pic that his daughter sent him showing the water rising. He does not know where this is, but it is a good example of how quickly conditions can change.

YellowRose
08-31-2017, 07:09 PM
Due to the shutdown of most of the refineries here in Texas, the offshore oil well production, and reduced flow through the major pipelines that supply the eastern half of the country, there are major lines of cars lined up to gas up. I just got back from a food run and every gas station in my neighborhood, probably all across San Antonio, and I know in the DFW area, and probably much of Texas and other States have drivers sitting in long lines to top off their tanks before it is all gone. The prediction is that we may be short on gas by Labor Day... Luckily, I knew about this and was able to top off my tank early this morning before the news got out about this... Hopefully, the 4 refineries in Corpus Christi will be back up and running by this weekend, as they think they might... But the major ones over in the East Texas area are all shut down presently. Yesterday, gas here was at $2.19gal, and has been that way for awhile. Now I have seen it as high as $2.29, and at one station, $2.45gal!

Joe Johnston
08-31-2017, 07:43 PM
Here in FL regular is up 20 - 30 to $2.35 $2.49. HOWEVER our ethanol free or E0 has not changed and still was $2.78 this afternoon. Driven by availability, demand, or politics??? May need to get the Thunderbirds filled up too!

Penelope
08-31-2017, 08:50 PM
The price of gas, wow I wish...... ours is the equivalent of $4.08USD per US gallon. Makes the old sunday drive an expensive bit of fun but we look pn the bright side, it is our choice to drive V8's and not hybrids.

Also great to hear you are OK Ray, although that was never in doubt for a service vet!

Dan Leavens
09-01-2017, 08:27 AM
Bill we are in litres so our equivalent would be around the same with he conversion to USD. Our prices at the pumps just jumped .13 cents due to supply and also our long Labour Day weekend.

ours is the equivalent of $4.08USD per US gallon.

scumdog
09-01-2017, 08:25 PM
Wow!

It's NZ$7:60 a US gallon here - and that is for Regular!
(Equal to US$5.50 a US gallon.)

Hence why MPG is pretty important over here - (14miles per US gallon for our '66 Town Landau)

But it takes a Kiwi just as much work to earn a $ as it does a US guy.

scumdog
09-02-2017, 02:52 AM
Today Update on TS Harvey, now downgraded to a Low system and moving out of the northeastern corner of Louisiana. Search, rescue and recovery operations continue on in the Houston, East Texas, Louisiana area as flood waters start to go down. This will probably be the last report on Hurricane Harvey by me.

However, Tropical Storm Irma is making it's way across the Atlantic and is not really indicating which direction it might go in. Some models say it will hit the Leeward Islands. Others say Florida or the Carolina's. It is forecasted to be the next Stage 4 Hurricane to enter our area...

Here is a picture of what IH-10 looked like at the height of the flooding. This picture was said to be taken between Houston and Beaumont. No! That is NOT the Gulf you are looking at! That was the freeway! As many of you know, that is the main interstate that links the West Coast to the East Coast in Florida, and runs right through the heart of San Antonio. I have driven that interstate in both directions to both coasts and I have NEVER, EVER seen it look like that, even after driving it shortly after a Hurricane hit in past years. Here is that picture...

Joe Johnston just sent me a pic that his daughter sent him showing the water rising. He does not know where this is, but it is a good example of how quickly conditions can change.

Wow, that's pretty incredible!
I feel for all those people and business's that have been flooded out.
It's going to be a long process to sort out that mess...

YellowRose
09-06-2017, 10:08 PM
I thought I would give you another update on the results of Hurricane Harvey. Tonight they were reporting that there are 70 deaths related to this hurricane. Parts of Houston are still feet deep in water, with people not able to get into their homes to survey the damage. Slowly the recovery is beginning, and refineries are coming back on line. You would not know it in San Antonio, as many, many gas stations are without gas still. I was able to find gas at my local station, and top off my tank. Though all the higher grades of gas were gone. Regular is all that was left, which is what I use. So I took advantage of the opportunity...

I have not heard anything from our members in the Houston or Louisiana area regarding their status of their homes or their Tbirds. There is a large VTCI club in the Houston and Louisiana area, and a good number of our Forum members are in that area. I can only hope that none of them lost their homes or their Tbirds... Please let us know, as you can, how you are.

Now we are being faced with the possibility of the same thing happening to the many members we have in Florida and that area. Pray that Irma takes a swing to the northeast, and moves EAST of Florida and out into the Atlantic. Otherwise, this nation might be faced with having to recover from the largest Hurricane ever recorded, they are reporting.. With another one, coming in behind that!

Dan Leavens
09-07-2017, 09:50 AM
Ray yes our thoughts and prayers continue for those affected by Harvey and over the weekend in the Florida Keys and Peninsula with Irma this weekend.

YellowRose
09-21-2017, 02:03 PM
Here is an email that I just received from Lance Harrington of Tbirds Southwest!

"HERE ARE JUST A FEW PLACES THAT THE FLOOD CARS ARE PLACED IN HOUSTON. THEY HAVE JUST OPENED A 100 ACRE FIELD AROUND COLUMBUS, TX (NEAR WHERE WE LIVE) AND THAT IS ALMOST FULL OF FLOOD CARS. ESTIMATES ARE THAT OVER 1/2 MILLION VEHICLES WERE FLOODED. KNOW OF "SOME" CLASSIC CARS THAT WENT UNDER AS WE HAVE RECEIVED CALLS AND BUSINESS FROM THESE PEOPLE HOPING THAT WE CAN TRY AND SAVE THEIR VEHICLES., WONDER JUST HOW MANY CLASSIC'S WERE LOST ! L.....

And don't forget to add in those stacked at TWS & other locations. Guess what this will do to our insurance rates?"

Here are some pix he sent.

Dan Leavens
09-22-2017, 08:26 AM
Can't imagine that estimated number of " flood cars ":eek: Not too mention the classic ones affected.