Our local Austin weather is predicting tropical storm conditions are possible as far north as Burnet, which is just north of Austin. (I'm in
between Austin and Burnet). Even Austin residents are emptying the stores' shelves of water, batteries, etc. We've been told to expect power outages from downed tree limbs. Guess it never hurts to be safe than sorry. Local facilites are already set up for TX coastal evacuees to take shelter. From local reports, it looks like most Tx residents along the coast are taking this seriously, especially in the aftermath of Katrina. That's some good news at least.
AND it's HOT in AUSTIN! We broke the high temperature record yesterday,
with 100 degrees, and with a predicted high of 101 today, it will happen
Mermaid: I'll be keeping you and everyone from there in my prayers. Stay safe!
Mary Lou Scanlon
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NCL Epic February 12, 2011
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Thanks everybody for your concern, and I'm sure we'll be just fine, like papabill said, maybe we'll get the rain to break the heat wave. If we lose power for a few days, no problem, we'll just go into camping mode. It's the people nearest the Gulf coastal regions that I'm worried about. The traffic snarl is immense, hope they all get out in time.
Best of luck to you, Mermaid and all Texans in Rita's path. It looks like you're about 200 miles from Galveston, but you might still get a weak Category 1 hurricane if she heads your way.
Last year Charlie hit the Fla. west coast as a Cat. 4 and continued on across the peninsula. When it passed Orlando (110 mi.) the winds were still at 100 mph, and by the time it reached Daytona Beach (200 mi.) the storm had died down to around 80 mph. So do be prepared for some high winds, Merm.
Word at this hour is that there's still a chance that Rita might make landfall closer to the TX-LA border, but that forecast could change several times in the next 36 hours. We're praying for you all right now. Stay safe!
Best wishes to you lady as this storm is certainly not to be taken lightly. Looks like it might even park itself over you folks for a bit and really dump lots of rain! Please make sure you have supplies for about a week or so and let us know how you are.