Mom and I went to Walmart this afternoon well before 4PM to stock up on water, canned food, and other emergency goodies. And it’s a great thing we did because a few hours ago someone posted on the local FB group that Walmart was a madhouse and there was no more bottled water.
Dad brought home a weather radio, a regular radio, and batteries. Our not-so-heavy outdoor furniture has been moved indoors along with all the backyard things that might have been blown away. Our friends and family have been notified and church services have been canceled.
In short, we are ready for a long, rainy, windy weekend. I’m baking muffins and maaaybe cookies before we lose power. Because we will lose power eventually.
If you are evacuating the coast, please drive safely. Since the San Antonio area is going to take a hit from flooding, here are some places further north with a decent amount of hotels where you might consider staying:
- Austin (1 hour from SA)
- Killeen/Belton/Temple (2.5 hours from SA)
- Waco (3 hours from SA)
- Dallas (4 hours from SA)
If it’s already raining, I recommend avoiding I-35 because San Marcos does a great impression of Venice, Italy during regular storms. If you’re fortunate enough to have cleared San Marcos and want to avoid Austin traffic, the toll road goes straight to Dallas.
I also hear that Air BnB is opening homes and rooms free of charge for displaced families until September 1st. Please take advantage of that if you need it!
Be safe this weekend, Texas fam. Don’t do anything stupid. Don’t go out in the storm unless your house becomes unsafe, and then call 911 FIRST. If your boss tells you to come into work, gesture wildly and incredulously at the sky, flip them the bird, and stay indoors with your pets and some coffee.
Let’s pray that this storm won’t be as bad as they’re saying. Good night, friends!