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  • 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.

  • Goliad Chica,

    I've heard a lot about the last false alarm and people being stranded on the highway. I wonder how that will affect people's decisions for the next hurricane forecast to hit here.

    We'll be watching out for the entire region. Ranging reporter Christina Burke is on her way to Goliad now. We're having some technical difficulties with posting latest updates, but we should have that worked out soon.

    If there's anything in particular you want to know about Refugio County preparations, let us know. We'll have Christina ask your officials on behalf of everyone there.

    I also encourage you to sign up for our weather alerts through the National Weather Service. They've been filling my in-box. Here's the latest I've seen for your neck of the woods:

    URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
    TROPICAL STORM DOLLY LOCAL STATEMENT
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE CORPUS CHRISTI TX
    724 AM CDT TUE JUL 22 2008

    ...HURRICANE WARNINGS REMAIN IN EFFECT FROM BROWNSVILLE TO PORT O'CONNOR TEXAS AS TROPICAL STORM DOLLY CONTINUES TO STRENGTHEN AS IT APPROACHES SOUTH TEXAS...

    COUNTY SPECIFIC MESSAGE:

    /O.CON.KCRP.HU.W.1004.000000T0000Z-000000T0000Z/
    KLEBERG-NUECES-SAN PATRICIO-ARANSAS-REFUGIO-CALHOUN-
    724 AM CDT TUE JUL 22 2008

    ...HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT...

    ...NEW INFORMATION...

    TROPICAL STORM DOLLY CONTINUES TO SHOW SIGNS OF BECOMING MORE ORGANIZED...AND IS EXPECTED TO BE A CATEGORY ONE HURRICANE AS IT MAKES LANDFALL NEAR THE MOUTH OF THE RIO GRANDE LATE WEDNESDAY MORNING OR EARLY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. HOWEVER...SINCE MOST OF THE AREA REMAINS WITHIN THE CONE OF ERROR OF WHERE DOLLY MAY TRACK AND MAKE LANDFALL WITHIN THE NEXT 24 TO 36 HOURS...HURRICANE WARNINGS REMAIN POSTED FOR THE COASTAL COUNTIES OF SOUTH TEXAS.

    ...AREAS AFFECTED...

    THIS STATEMENT RECOMMENDS ACTION TO BE TAKEN BY RESIDENTS ALONG THE COASTAL COUNTIES OF THE COASTAL BEND.

    ...WATCHES/WARNINGS...

    A HURRICANE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR KLEBERG...NUECES...SAN PATRICIO...ARANSAS...REFUGIO...AND CALHOUN COUNTIES UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.

    ...STORM INFORMATION...

    AT 7 AM CDT THE CENTER OF TROPICAL STORM DOLLY WAS LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 23.7 NORTH...LONGITUDE 94.0 WEST OR ABOUT 355 MILES SOUTHEAST OF CORPUS CHRISTI TEXAS. DOLLY IS MOVING TOWARD THE WEST-NORTHWEST NEAR 13 MPH. MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE AROUND
    65 MPH. MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE IS 993 MB.

    ...PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

    RESIDENTS SHOULD BEGIN COMPLETING ANY FINAL ACTIONS TO PROTECT LIFE AND PROPERTY. MAKE SURE TO DOUBLE CHECK ITEMS IN YOUR EMERGENCY SUPPLY KIT INCLUDING HAVING ENOUGH FOOD AND WATER FOR THREE OR MORE DAYS. MAKE SURE YOUR VEHICLE HAS A FULL TANK OF GAS. SECURE MOBILE HOME TIE DOWNS. STORE LAWN FURNITURE AND OTHER LOOSE LIGHT WEIGHT OBJECTS SUCH AS GARBAGE CANS AND GARDEN TOOLS.
    MAKE SURE YOU HAVE PLENTY OF CASH IN CASE POWER GOES OUT AND ATMS DO NOT WORK. FINALLY...MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW INSTRUCTIONS ISSUED BY LOCAL OFFICIALS.

    IN A CATEGORY 1 HURRICANE...UNSECURED LIGHT TO MODERATE WEIGHT OUTDOOR ITEMS WILL BECOME PROJECTILES...CAUSING ADDITIONAL DAMAGE AND PERHAPS INJURY. MANY AREAS WILL HAVE POWER OUTAGES...HUNDREDS OF WIRES WILL FALL...TRANSFORMERS WILL POP...AND SOME POWER POLES WILL BE PULLED DOWN. ROTTING LARGE TREES WILL BE UPROOTED.
    NUMEROUS LARGE BRANCHES OF HEALTHY TREES WILL SNAP.

    ...STORM SURGE AND STORM TIDE...

    SWELLS FROM DOLLY WILL BEGIN TO AFFECT MIDDLE TEXAS COAST BEACHES THIS AFTERNOON. THIS WILL CAUSE FLOODING OF AREA BEACHES ESPECIALLY DURING PEAK HIGH TIDE. WATER LEVELS 1 TO 2 FEET ABOVE NORMAL CAN BE EXPECTED THIS AFTERNOON. WATER LEVELS 2 TO 3 ABOVE NORMAL ARE POSSIBLE WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY. HOWEVER...THESE VALUES COULD BE HIGHER OR LOWER DEPENDING ON THE TRACK AND INTENSITY OF DOLLY.
    HIGH TIDES AT PORT ARANSAS TODAY ARE EXPECTED AT 740 AM AND AT 619 PM. AT PORT O'CONNOR...HIGH TIDE IS PREDICTED AT 607 PM THIS EVENING.

    ...WINDS...

    TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS ARE EXPECTED ALONG THE COASTAL BEND BY EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING. HOWEVER...HURRICANE FORCE WINDS ARE STILL POSSIBLE BY LATE WEDNESDAY MORNING SHOULD THE EVENTUAL TRACK OF DOLLY BE FARTHER NORTH OR SHOULD DOLLY INTENSIFY MORE THAN ANTICIPATED.

    ...INLAND FLOODING...

    LOCALLY HEAVY RAINFALL IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN TUESDAY NIGHT AND CONTINUE THROUGH THURSDAY...AS SHOWERS...SQUALLS AND RAIN BANDS FROM DOLLY MOVE INLAND. FLOODING WILL BE POSSIBLE...ESPECIALLY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH THURSDAY AS EXCESSIVE RAINFALL CONTINUES OVER SOUTH TEXAS AND SOILS BECOME SATURATED. RAINFALL AMOUNTS AVERAGING BETWEEN 4 AND 8 INCHES ARE EXPECTED OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS...WITH LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS.

    ...TORNADOES...

    ONCE DOLLY MOVES INLAND...ISOLATED TORNADOES WILL BE POSSIBLE MAINLY IN THE OUTER RAIN BANDS LATE WEDNESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

    ...NEXT UPDATE...

    THE NEXT STATEMENT WILL BE ISSUED AROUND 11 AM CDT.

    AFFECTED COUNTIES:
    IN TEXAS: ARANSAS, CALHOUN, KLEBERG, NUECES, REFUGIO, SAN PATRICIO.

    July 22, 2008 at 8:22 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.

    Thanks.

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

  • Pat and Bighorn,

    Thanks for the advice and the memories. I expect I'll be gathering a lot of war stories over the next few hurricane seasons. Let's hope I don't get too many of them, though. Pat, your experience with Beulah sounds incredible. I've heard a lot of people around here talk about Rita and Claudette, but I wasn't familiar with Beulah. Bighorn, I hear you about living in Victoria and driving to visit the coast. I know lots of people like living right along the coast, but that's too close for comfort for me.

    Do you have any photos you took from any of the storms?

    July 22, 2008 at 8:13 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.