This Kansas girl has been watching Ike coming toward us across the Gulf and all I can say is "YIKES". We have lived in Spring now for almost 12 years and have really not had that many hurricanes to deal with. We are about an hour and a half from the coast; so don't have to evacuate but are still very much affected. We were on the good side of hurricane Rita so didn't really have much to deal with besides some downed limbs and no electricity for a few days. The people on the dirty side just maybe an hour east of us had a total different experience than we did.
We did however learn quite a bit about getting ready for a hurricane from Rita. We did not have a hurricane preparedness kit together when Rita happened. We decided we needed a generator and quickly found out we should have bought it when we discussed it. I stood in line at Home Depot for several hours only to be told that just a few came off the truck so sorry. At a bible study that evening I heard that a company across town was getting generators in and I remember my husband getting up at 4:00 in the morning so he could stand in line for hours to get the generator. Since that time my husband has hooked our generator up to our house so if we lose electricity we can use the generator to run everything in the house except the air conditioner. Now wimp that I am this time I did go out and buy a small window unit air conditioner to add to our arsenal of hurricane preparedness. I remember how miserable it was trying to sleep those few days we didn't have air.
Now while my husband was standing in line for the generator I had a list of things he thought we might need and here's another lesson; shop early. The stores were totally picked over. I had to go from store to store just to get basic items and I was shopping at big stores. Being a Kansas girl and then living 15 years in Colorado I remember the stores during a blizzard and that was just what I dealt with during hurricane Rita. Water, batteries, paper goods fly off the shelves. Lesson learned; this time my shopping is done. Should the hurricane turn from us the worst that can happen is I have some extra food and supplies.
This should be interesting, our experience so far as to be on the good side of the hurricane. This time it appears we are going to be on the dirty side. Again being a Kansas girl I didn't know there was a good side or dirty side to a hurricane but yes there is. The left side is the side you want to be on in a hurricane the right side is the dirty side and has a lot more wind, tornadoes and yuck.
To be quite honest the biggest hurricane we have had to deal with was the 2 ½ years we lived in North Carolina. We were living in Greensboro North Carolina which is 4 hours away from the coast and we had a big tree come down and lots of water going over the little lakes behind our house. I can't remember the name of the hurricane but it would have been during the time period of 1995 to 1996.
We aren't for sure which direction Ike is going I thought maybe we were going to be out of the woods but at this point the cone keeps changing and heading towards Houston. The sad thing is when you start wishing that it would hit somewhere else you realize that you are wishing the hurricane on someone else. The next few days should be interesting.