San Marcos

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So, this is what the Austin/San Marcos/Wimberly/Manor/ Central Texas Area has been like for the last few days.

Record rainfall, at least 7 tornadoes, houses washed off slabs, power outages. My schools been cancelled. That bottom photo there? Yeah, that’s the road I take to get to work. A friend of ours  had to crash with us last night because he is displaced from his apartment because 5 inches of water flooded the whole bottom floor of his building. I was out in this yesterday! I went to go get a friend from work and had to turn around because my car could not make it through the water on the highway. It was too deep. There was water and debris on the roads. It was fuckin scary out there.

It seems like the storm is past us now, but it’s an el nino summer, which means that it’s going to be hot and wet like this all year.

Remember yall: Turn around, don’t drown! There were more than a dozen water rescues yesterday in town, and several people are missing in the area.  Never take chances when the weather gets bad.

Only in California: SWAT team responds to man openly carrying....an umbrella

Sheesh. California is not an “open carry” state when it comes to firearms or umbrellas, apparently. That’s right, the SWAT team recently responded to reports of a man walking around the campus of Cal-State University San Marcos carrying a rifle. Well that “rifle” turned out to be an umbrella (you know, po-TAY-toh, po-TAH-toh). This is what happens when you train people to be scared of everything, especially weapons.

From Guns.com (H/T: WZ)

A SWAT team on the campus of California State University San Marcos surrounded a staff member equipped with protective rain gear this week.

The incident, which occurred early Wednesday morning, was prompted by a call to the San Diego County Sheriff’s office of a bald white male, wearing a black shirt and jeans and walking across campus carrying a rifle. This resulted in a shelter-in place order for some 400 staff and students going through orientation before the start of the fall session. Rapidly, facility and classmates banded together to barricade doors with tables and chairs, expecting the worst.

The situation resolved itself after 30 minutes when an umbrella-bearing teacher figured out he matched the description of the alleged gunman and surrendered to law enforcement.

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Was it an assault umbrella? That’s what I want to know. And why did he need that umbrella? It looks like the rain had already stopped.

I wonder if Ryan J. Reilly is the one who made the initial phone call…. #CanAnyoneConfirm

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I just want to make a shout out to all the firefighters who have been working nonstop for the past 34 hours trying to control the large number of wildfires in the San Diego County right now. [pictures from 10News]

The current fires right now are:

-Bernardo Fire-southwest of Rancho Bernardo (San Diego County) is now 1548 acres and 75% contained.

-Cocos Fire-at Village Dr & Twin Oaks Rd, San Marcos (San Diego Co) is now 800 acres and 5% contained.

-Poinsettia Fire-100 acre wildfire off Poinsettia Ln & Alicante Rd in Carlsbad (San Diego County)

-River Fire-CAL FIRE is assisting Oceanside Fire with a fire on N. River Rd & College Blvd in Oceanside (San Diego Co)

-Highway Fire-off Old Hwy 395 and I-15 in the Deer Springs area is now 500 acres and 40% contained (San Diego County). Full containment expected at 6:00pm

-Tomahawk Fire-on the eastside of Camp Pendleton, west of Fallbrook (San Diego County) is now 6,000 acres. CAL FIRE is assisting

-Freeway Fire-on the Naval Weapons Station in Fallbrook (San Diego County) is now 60 acres and 50% contained.

-Miguelito Fire-off Santa Miguelito Canyon Road, Lompoc (Santa Barbara Co) is now 632 acres & 90% contained

-Las Pulgas Fire- Near Las Pulgas in Camp Pendleton, it’s a new fire so not much info on that yet

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Stay safe you guys! And remember when all of this is over to thank any Firemen you see!!