I have pulled together some words which I think demonstrate what all of us who love this place have been feeling.
The town began issuing emergency management storm updates which continued to become more ominous as Dolly approached the coast and seemed to be headed straight for Brownsville.
On the SPIForum discussions focused on Dolly
Ok, if its a cat 1, who is staying ? Who is going? What if its a tropical storm? If it even could be a 2 I am outta here!! ! Too early to run, later may be too late to hide. Gotta love it.and
So let's take a straw poll:
Raise your hand if you are putting up plywood this evening. Feel free to elaborate why or why not.
(Those of you smug smarties who have storm shutters can just sit back and smile ;-)
The world is definitely watching - spotted the CNN Weather truck coming onto the island at 6:30 this morning.
Check out the weather channel, as of 5:45 Jim (Cantore) was on the beach in Isla Blanca Park.
Rob Nixon talked about getting prepared
Well it's 5:15 PM and it looks as if Hurricane Dolly is going to visit South Padre Island tomorrow morning.And finally Wednesday came, bringing Dolly, who arrived as a Cat 2 Hurricane and slammed into South Padre Island with a force that no one expected.
I have been up since 6:30AM and I have shuddered my in-laws house, my house and been to the tower to tie down all that stuff.
being sandy feet:
Four thousand miles away from Blackbeards, the wide-screened TV is tuned to CNN International where I am treated to the totally surreal vision of my beloved island - battered and under water - over and over again in the news loop
and more here
The news from home is not very happy. SPI really took a pretty bad hit and the timing couldn't be worse -- July is peak season when most of us need to make enough to get us through the slow times. If the power stays off for weeks no one will come even for those of us who didn't suffer significant damage
The rest of the Island has no power and no water. The winds are whistling, but subsiding. The rain continues. There is significant flooding throughout the Island, but the flooding on Padre Boulevard has diminished some. There is significant damage to many, many buildings. More than 200 power lines/poles are down with many palm trees snapped in half.To be continuedThe bridge is open, but there are pelicans everywhere. They are using its concrete sides as a shelter from the wind. Now that's a sight to see.Staying through this storm and watching it blow in, was probably one of the most memorable experiences I will ever have.