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Walt/Tx    Posted 08-26-2017 at 11:22:37 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • South Texas Larry
  • How are you folks doing down there Larry? The rain finally started here but still light in metro area. I hope you're above water level.

    Larry (TX)    Posted 08-29-2017 at 12:04:10 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • The best news of the day (today) so far, is that the storm has moved quite a ways to the east out in the Gulf and rains should subside altogether by late tonight allowing most of the flood waters in this area to begin receding.

    Sadly for the folks next door in LA, the storm is now predicted to make landfall somewhere between the TX border and Baton Rouge and then make its way up through the TN valley area and on beyond - unless Harvey peter's out altogether after making landfall, you folks up that direction can expect some very heavy duty rainfall. The entire area of southeast Texas has reportedly received right at 50" of rain since the storm hit shore late Fri. night and it's still raining here now, but now much lighter than the past 3 1/2 days. The nightmare here is going to be the costly and lengthy recovery!

    Larry (TX)    Posted 08-26-2017 at 12:38:36 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Just a lot of off and on rain here Walt, some heavy downpours and some light, but so far, not any torrential rain. Some wind also came through during the night that took some small tree limbs down, as well as a tornado about 12 miles to the west of us causing some damages to homes and businesses. No injuries reported however, so that's good. My niece up in Lakeway TX at Lake Travis just west of Austin says it's raining pretty heavy there and the winds are picking up, something those folks rarely experience in the TX Hill Country.

    Now it's a wait and see situation hoping that forecasters are incorrect regarding Harvey reforming and circling back toward our direction, crossing I-10 just west of Big H. If that happens, we're all praying the storm doesn't regain its 130 mph strength; (supposedly if it remains inland as a tropical storm, that won't happen - we'll just wait and see). The weather service is also saying that a high pressure system sitting over NW TX may move to the east and force the storm back toward the west.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 08-26-2017 at 17:27:38 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • SURFS UP!!!
  • Hey, Larry, you know just I'm kidding. Praying ya'll keep safe and dry. I was thinking of back in the 70's when I had a buddy move to Houston and he told me the people were crazy down there. When a hurricane was scheduled to hit, all the surfing fanatics would gather on the beaches to catch a wave as the best time was when the storm was coming.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Larry (TX)    Posted 08-27-2017 at 09:47:22 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • That they did Tim, and many still do today, however today's more heavily manpowered Beach Patrol units in populated cities along the coast keep those nuts away.

    The big problem with this storm according to what I'm hearing from the NWS and local weather gurus is that because Harvey is situated between two separate high pressure systems high in the atmosphere, there are no steering currents, thus he's pretty much sitting stationary, and as he's so big that outer bands of rains are continuously circling and being pulled back in towards the center and it's these bands of heavy rains that are causing flash floods over our entire area - yep, we've got lot's of water down here, but as of now after enduring heavy downpours throughout the night, we're still okay. The 55 acre usually dry bottom retention pond positioned 30' from the rear of my property now has more water in it than 've seen to date - if the rain let's up enough, I'll snap some photos and e-mail them to you later today. Though the rains are now only slight, the NWS says they'll continue at least through Tuesday and possibly into Wed. & Thurs. - sure hope not!

    Later fellows!

    steveVa    Posted 08-26-2017 at 19:45:39 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Back in the early 80's I witnessed the aftermath of a hurricane from Hatteras island NC. The sea was unbelievablely angry. Waves as big as a house, undertow like you would not believe. It was an amazing site and we thought about jumping in until we got right down to the surf and saw how it would just swallow us...

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