Hurricane Ike – Katy, TX update 1:00 p.m. 9/16/08

September 16, 2008

Things are certainly improving in the Katy Area today. Our power in Grand Lakes was restored just minutes ago so if any of you are staying with friends, I would call your neighbors to see if you are back  on the grid. We are located near the Arbor Lake, North of Fry and East of Peek. It was a welcome sight to see everything in the house come to life.

However, there are still parts of our area without power but hopefully that will be corrected in the days to come. It is my understanding there is no school for Katy kids tomorrow but I will clarify that further later.

If you have areas that still need power, please let me know and perhaps we can get together and implore Centerpoint to get Katy powered up. This morning, Grand Lakes Presbyterian Church help a breakfast for residents without power. That was a very special thing to do and much appreciated by those of us eating breakfast bars and warm bottled water.

If you need help finding someone, let me know and I will see what we can do for you. I wish everyone a quick return to “normal” life and am praying for those that have lost more than just electricity. Take care.

Hurricane Ike – Katy, Tx update 11:10 p.m. 9/12/08

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

Great skies before the storm

Hurricane Ike – Katy Tx Update at 3:45 p.m. 9/12/08

September 12, 2008
40 p.m. 9/12/08

Street scene in Katy, TX at 3:40 p.m. 9/12/08

All is still fairly calm here in Katy, TX – a large suburb located about 20 miles west of Houston city center. We have experienced a few gusts that shook the trees but nothing yet that hints at the fury that Ike will most likely bring to our area.

Several of my neighbors are trying to decide who will have the Hurricane Party. Meanwhile, I have cleared out the large closet under my spiral stairway as our safe room should we need to get away from breaking glass and other dangers.
It was very interesting getting my kids involved in clearing out the luggage, out-of-season clothing and Christmas decorations to make room for our family of five (myself, hubby, two kids and pet). The boys (twin 17 year olds and scientific minded) could not quite grasp the necessity of having to go into this cramped space for safety, much less having to stock it with food, water, blankets, pillows in the event we get trapped there for a pro-longed period of time.
In retrospect, growing up in the Panhandle area of Texas, we were instructed by our schools on what to do in the event of a tornado. And again, when I moved to the Mississippi Gulf Coast and to New Orleans, I received further instruction on what to do in the event of a hurricane. I do not think my kids (having grown up in Dubai, UAE and Katy, TX) have been given the slightest hint at how to survive a natural disaster. This is something we parents should act on – but not today.
At this time, I feel we are as prepared as we can be. My safe room is ready and I hope that after the storm, my kids can look at me and say, “I told you so, Mom!”. Nothing would give me greater pleasure. But as a former Cub Scouts Den Leader, I am always prepared.
More photos to come as the weather changes. For now, sun is peeking in and out of clouds, light breeze with occasional gusts and a little sprinkle now and then . Otherwise, things are pretty darned calm in Katy, TX.
Christi Borden – Katy resident

Hurricane Ike – Katy, TX update at 1:40 p.m. 9/12/08

September 12, 2008
40 p.m. 9/12/08

Updated photo taken from Katy, TX at 1:40 p.m. 9/12/08

Still waiting for Ike to make his appearance in the West Houston region of coastal Texas. As you will see from the two photos, the skies are darker but all is still calm. We are receiving the occasional breeze but otherwise, business as usual in the area for this time of year.

I will keep posting comments and photos as the storm reach our area and Ike makes landfall. I anticipate we will lose power and possibly internect connectivity but will continue to keep you posted as long as I can.

40 p.m. 9/12/08

Katy street at 1:40 p.m. 9/12/08

Take care, say a prayer and be safe.

Christi Borden – Katy, TX resident