• I lived through Beulah in the 60's in the Valley as well. I was young, but recall it being a major rainmaker with some blowing about of roofs and trees down.
    Allan in 1980 could have been a killer, but the good Lord pushed it just past South Padre's developed areas and cut the island in two about a mile past the last condos. Vivid memories of walking under the multi-story condos (they are built on pilings 100 plus feet down) and seeing sidewalks hanging above my head, walking up to the outside of swimming pools, and seeing glass and furniture across miles of beachfront come to mind.
    Missed Celia, but Coprus friends describe it as wicked.
    Alicia in Houston was scarey with all the glass blowing out of the downtown buildings and falling 100's of feet to the roads and sidewalks below are pretty strong in my mind.
    Claudette was a weak little sister of a hurricane, but caught Victoria and the surrounding area by surprise. I recall offering to help a local business put up his pre-cut boards, and being dismissed as a "waste of time" that they had done too many times. About 80 feet of broken glass later, I'm sure he regreted those words.
    Even little hurricane is a big storm.

    July 22, 2008 at 9:18 a.m.

  • Hi Chris,
    Being from Palacios and having lived thru Claudette there in Victoria (including running off like a wuzz to SA for Rita) - I don't think we'll be running from the storm where I live now, in Goliad.

    However, we have a little trouble getting news from the local sources sometimes.  Please don't forget Goliad in the special hurricane section.  KAVU doesn't speak to us much.


    July 22, 2008 at 8:15 a.m.

  • Hurricanes: Major reason I live in Victoria rather than Rockport.

    July 22, 2008 at 7:57 a.m.

  • Chris,
    This just posted in a comment on the Corpus Christi Caller-Times hurricane site:
    "Maybe, maybe not. Check out this discussion at the bottom of the text message from the meterologist. If the ridge of high pressure breaks down, the storm will be pulled north. You can see the low over the Great Lakes that is expected to move NE pulling the ridge with it on a nationwide sat map."
    This was in response from a poster who was saying that the storm was going to miss Corpus Christi. The text message that is being referred to is on the Wunderground site. I don't think any of us should let our guard down. Thank you and your team for keeping us all updated.
    I was living in the Valley in 1968 when Beulah hit. Thinking we'd be safer in Kingsville, my husband, daughter and I headed there. Beulah made an almost direct hit on Kingsville and spawned over 100 tornadoes. It took us a week to be able to get back home. In 1970 with a 5 year old and a 6 month old I fled Corpus for Yoakum just before Celia hit. For days afterward I could not get through by telephone to Corpus to see if my husband had survived.  It took a week to be able to get back and I was devastated when I finally did. I started crying before I even got into the city. As I drove to my home past Parkdale Plaza on the south side, the giant Woolco store (which I think was larger than the Walmart Supercenter here) was entirely flattened. When I got home, I found the roof to my house lying in a neighbor's yard. Water and sheetrock had ruined all of my furniture, pictures, books, carpet, etc.
    My suggestion is: Never get complacent; always be prepared. You never know what a tropical storm is going to do.

    July 22, 2008 at 7:38 a.m.

  • Tips...
    Don't panic (see Victoria's knee jerk to Rita).
    Even small hurricane is a big storm. (see Claudette).
    Lay in supplies of staples for normal consumption of about 4 days. Twelve 55 barrels of water are probably not needed unless you have a family of 12. Ample supply Alcohol and favorite mixer are recommended.
    If you are going to "board up", buy your plywood during the spring and store in dry place. The folks at the lumber yard have homes and families too.
    If you are going to leave the coast, try traveling oposite the storm path, not along with it (Again, Rita's refugees who went north from Houston, only to be caught in east Texas).
    Get ready to compare the 2008 storm with past storms when telling your "war" stories.
    Lessons learned from a survivor of 4 direct "hits" and countless glancing blows.

    July 22, 2008 at 7:35 a.m.