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I was in Port Lavaca in 1961 for Carla and the reason more people didn't die is because most people were smart and left. I remember the radio news being at least 30 minutes behind the actual tract of the storm. I was happy to see the eye because I then knew where the storm was. If memory serve me I think the barometric pressure was somewhere around 27.7"
Not my first but Hurricane Wilma in '05. It was just awful. Never ever again.
yes i have rode out hurricane claudette and it was scary i was comming home from work in lolita they let us out early and i was driving across the port lavavca causeway and my car was getting blown side to side and when i got home everything was going crazy all the tvs were making a popping sound abd sparks were comming out of the plugs it was like a haunting lol and then one loud boom the power went out that was it for 2 weeks without power but i would ride out another storm cause this time i have 2 cats and one beagle that is my pride and joy and i would never leave them behind
Hurricane Carla in 1961. I was just 3 years old and we had just moved out of Port Lavaca to Ganado a month earlier, but I remember that we stayed at the Pastor's house. I also remember looking outside to see the palm trees doubled over and I remember the ladies having to mop up water the whole time. Other than that, I was too young to actually know what was going on or just how dangerous it was.We also rode out Claudette, but that wasn't much worse than a strong windstorm.
Good stories, all. Thanks for sharing.
Yes...Hurricane Audrey in 1957. My family lived in Groves, next door to Port Arthur. I remember my mother getting me out of bed and telling me to get dressed; we were going to leave the house because there was a hurricane coming. I didn't know from nuthin' about hurricanes. My friends families went to the new fire station to ride out the storm; WE went to the First Baptist Church. Bah! No fire trucks to play on at the church. When the storm finally hit, it was fun watching the trees bending and listening to the wind howl. Then, it quit. Okay, storm's over; we went home. About the time Dad closed the back door, the dang thing hit again. The eye had crossed over Groves. We lived in a two story house and the thing was shaking and vibrating like crazy. I was beginning to wish I was back at the church. When it was finally over, we didn't have any damage, but there were lots of pecan trees down all over town. Groves was named for the pecan groves that had once been commercially cultivated. I don't remember how long the power was off.
We began to hear rumors that Cameron, Louisiana had been hit real hard by a storm surge (tidal wave was the term used back then.) As the news kept coming in, it was apparent that there had been a MAJOR disaster in southwest Louisiana. More than 400 people died.
Remember, in 1957, there were no weather satellites keeping watch 24-7. We had very little advance warning that a storm was in the Gulf and almost no indication of how severe it was. At the time, Audrey was one of the most powerful storms (and most damaging) -- it came inland as a category four -- to hit the upper coast since the 1901 Galveston hurricane. Hurricane Audrey gave me a respect for mother nature that has remained with me till today.
HURRICANE CELIA IN CORPUS CHRISTI. IT WAS QUITE AN EXPERIANCE. DOGS, CATS AND FENCES FLYING THROUGH THE AIR.A CITY HIT BY A STORM BY SURPRISE BECAUSE THE NWS WAS CLOSED ON THE WEEKEND.
d6: Give me a call at 361-580-6519. I'd like to visit with you. Sounds interesting. Thanks -- Gabe
I've ridden one out at home and 90 miles out in the gulf.