Hurricane Ike paid our area a visit on September 12, Friday night, making landfall at Galveston at around 2 AM. This was a huge storm, almost as big as Texas, and we felt the effects of it long before the eye crossed the coast.
Here is a video I shot out in our front yard Friday evening, about 7.
The wind howled and the rain came and the power was lost.
For eight days. And we were lucky. As I write this, there are about half a million people in the greater Houston area still without electricity.
Here's the view of what things looked like on Saturday morning, long after the storm had passed.
Fortunately, a cool front came through Sunday night, and the next few days were relatively bearable. On Monday, we waved goodbye to the contents of our freezer. So long, sirloin. Bye-bye, frozen veggies.
Our friend Barbara, who lives in another part of Sugar Land, didn't lose power at all. We stayed over at her house a few nights, and we were most grateful.
Also, we got to know more of our neighbors in the past couple of weeks than in the 13 years prior to Ike. That's a good thing.
Ike was just a Category Two hurricane. If we ever take a hit from a Cat 4 or 5, heaven help us.