September 14, 2008
We are all working hard at cleaning up the mess left behind. Still no power in our section of Grand Lakes. I have reports that parts of Mason Road communities, Nottingham, Kelliwood and other areas of Katy are still waiting to be reconnected. At least the weatherman has predicted low temps tonight in the 60’s as it is hard to get to sleep at night in the 80’s.
I had hopes we would be back on today but am every hopeful for tomorrow. School is called off for tomorrow for KISD so the kids get another “snow day”. Funny, the schools are closed but my kids have just left to go to Cinemark for a movie. Yes, that is roughing it. It does feel good to see some aspects of life getting back to normal.
I will recharge my batteries this evening next door (neighbor has a wonderful generator that they use to power a fan, tv and a blender. Gotta love Texans and their priorities:).
I would love to hear from different areas of Katy and West Houston to see how you have fared. This blog has received thousands of hits from all over the world with concerned family and friends wanting to know how their loved ones are doing. As I can only attest to my specific area, any information you can add will be very much appreciated.
Take care and more updates will be added after a much needed battery recharge.
September 14, 2008
I am sorry I was unable to update as I was out of power and my laptop was dead. My neighbor with a generator was kind enough to let me recharge last night.
We did take a drive through Katy yesterday and in my excitement, I neglected to bring my camera so no photos to bring you yet. However, it is pretty calm here. As you drive the major thoroughfares, you will see a lot of downed trees (mostly crepe myrtles and oleanders) and broken limbs on the larger oaks in our area. Fences have suffered, too. Rooftops look pretty good but there are shingles on the ground so some will have to deal with that issue. My friend who lives in Canyon Gate off of Mason has major roof and water damage as well as losing a lot of her fence and a tree. I gave her four roofing companies to call and they only one she could reach already had 16 clients ahead of her. I would assume that the wind sheers were stronger there than in Grand Lakes as we only lost a few shingles, one small tree and my gutter fell off the house.
Power is being restored to the area on a confusing rotation but we in the northeast quadrant of Grand Lakes are still sweating it out. Street lights are hanging on their sides and blinking but traffic seems to be moving. Last night Azzerelli’s Italian restaurant was open for business on Westheimer Parkway and Peek so if you are without power and tired of eating food out of a can, you may wish to go there. Grocery stores were open yesterday but had no ice. I hope that changes if we do not get power today. Katy ISD has released the word that there is no school tomorrow. If I find out anything further, I will post it here.
All in all, yes, Katy was very lucky. Our location on the calm side of the eye at landfall was a blessing. I am so sad to see the devastation of Galveston. If you never visited this charming seaside city before the storm, you just could not appreciate what we have lost.
As a Realtor, I feel terrible for my Galveston compatriots who are effectively out of business at this time, as are all other business owners in the area – especially those tied directly to tourism.
My land-line is working (cell is dead) but if anyone needs help locating a loved one in my area, just let me know and I will follow up on it and not publish the number on the post. Take care and I am signing off for a while to conserve precious battery life. It is funny how the little things become so important during times like these.
September 13, 2008
Katy skies at 9:40 a.m. 9/13/08
Whew, Katy appears to be fine… for all of you concerned about your loved ones. We shut down the computer to reserve battery power as our electricity is still out. In fact, we may be the only neighborhood in Katy without power… Hello, Reliant Energy…anybody out there? Our power shut down while skies were calm and still so whatever the issue is, they cannot blame it on Ike.
The winds raged all night long at gusts of 75 or so, intermittent lightning, and light rain. We are now getting a nice rain accompanied by winds that while still strong, are nowhere near last nights’ intensity. We were very lucky to have been so close to the eye of the storm and on the less dangerous side.
Katy street scene 9:40 a.m. 9/13/08
I hope that everyone else is okay. It does look pretty bad for Galveston and other parts of the city closer to the coast.
I looks like a great day to read a book or watch a movie… oh, yeah.. we have no power:). Take care all and thanks for visiting.
September 13, 2008
Sorry I could not get through but have reserve battery power and an intermittent Internet service with my broadband card. We in the Northeast section of Grand Lakes lost our power 5 hours ago and I do not anticipate having it restored until after the storm passes. I understand that other parts of Katy are fine and I wish I knew where you live because our home is getting really hot about now:). Otherwise, we are fine.
At this hour, the wind has picked up to fairly strong gusts of about 25 miles per hour but nothing too crazy. I have included photos I took prior to nightfall. I will say this, hurricanes create terrific skies! Everyone on my street is sweating it out and we hope that all of you out there with electricity will remember us and let us borrow ice tomorrow:).
I will most likely be up all night because it is HOT in here and will try to keep up my post as the evening and morning progresses. I thank all of you who have stopped by to view my blog and appreciate your thoughts and prayers for Katy and Houston, TX.
Great skies before the storm
September 12, 2008
Kids and neighbors at 6:30 p.m. 9/12/08
Just at this very moment, we have lost our electric power in Katy. We are in Grand Lakes so I do not know if this is area wide or just our street. I would appreciate reports from other areas in West Houston.
At this time, the gusts have increased but there are still periods of calm. The skies are cloudy and you can now feel the effects of the first wave of outer bands of hurricane Ike. The still shots do not really show the movement of the vegetation but we are starting to realize that a storm is truly coming our way.
As you can see, there are a few kids riding bikes and parents watching closely but for the most part, all is quiet in Katy, TX. I will make another update within the next two hours as I expect our conditions to certainly deteriorate quickly. I will keep my updates short as I will be working off of limited battery power. I just heard that Mayor White is predicting that there will be over 125,000 homes damaged or destroyed and over $ 81 Billion dollars in damage. Many are feeling that the warnings being issued from the Homeland Security offices as well as the Hurricane Center are the most dire in decades so we must be very mindful that this will indeed be different from Rita and more recently, Gustav.
Katy home at 6:30 p.m. 9/12/08
I would love to hear how others are doing in the Great Houston and Galveston areas. Please keep us informed as to the storm affects in your area.
One last minute reminder to you all:
- Fill bathtubs for extra water
- Locate candles and matches or lighters
- If you power is still on, charge all cell phones, laptops, Ipods, etc.
- Locate all flashlights and batteries
- Keep battery operated radio on for urgent messages
- Place all important papers in safe place
- Locate a safe place within your home that you can hide from any hurricane or tornadic debris
- Keep pets indoors
- Be safe and know the nation is praying for your safety
September 12, 2008
Lake view in Katy, TX taken at 5:20 p.m. 9/12/08
Yes, the wind is picking up but not as quickly as I had anticipated. In looking at the photos of the “lake” (okay, it is really a retention pond but we call them lakes in Katy) outside of my home, you can see the chop is minimal. I will most likely update more frequently as the conditions deteriorate. For now, gusty breeze and intermittent clouds are all we have at the moment.
Christi Borden, a Katy resident
Sun still shining in Katy, TX 5:20 p.m. 9/12/08