September 15, 2008
Katy new construction (2 story!) that has collapsed on itself and slid off the foundation 6:30 p.m. 9/15/08
- Downed trees in Katy, TX 6:00 p.m. 9/15/08
Here we are now two days past the storm that has so devastated the Houston/Galveston areas. I am writing from Katy, TX, a sprawling suburb located 20 or so miles west of the city center.
We have fared fairly well as Ike passed, leaving downed trees, missing shingles, torn fences and more important, lack of electricity in its path.
There are areas north of I-10 that have suffered worse that those South of 1-10, but the damage everywhere is very hit and miss. You can drive down one street and see nothing out of place while two blocks over, there are missing patches of roofing and debris everywhere the eye can see. So it is very hard to report exactly how each area has come through the storm. I appreciate any and all reports coming in from areas and reporting on damage and power restoration. Centerpoint is suggesting that it may take up to 4 weeks to restore all power but Mayor White is working hard to get that revised. Although I do not mind roughing it these past few days, that will be a bit much and I will be seeking refuge among my friends fortunate to be in the right power grid.
Damaged roof in Katy, TX 6:00 p.m. 9/15/08
At least a cool front has moved in and tonight will be pleasant – for those of us using mother nature as our air conditioner. It is my understanding that FEMA has been mobilized to the coastal areas first to take care of the devastation there and will be working their way to us. I you need assistance, remember to dail 311 (non-emergency) and 911(emergency).
Have a cool and comfortable night and I will recap more tonight or tomorrow morning.
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