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Here comes Hurrican Ike, Lessons learned from Rita

Hurricane Ike on his wayThis 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 A generator for Ikehours 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.

The dirty side of IkeThis 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.   

Comment balloon 67 commentsMarchel Peterson • September 10 2008 11:24PM

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Be careful my dear friend. If you need a place to hide out...you can always come here. The only problem is that we may have evacuated. So, you want to come with us to Witchita Falls to see my Aunt June and cousin Ruby? Sounds like a couple of days off to me.

I spoke to my daughter today and she tells me the elementary schools are closed here Thursday (tomorrow), Friday and Monday for the evacuees. My this is getting tiring and tedious. Worrying about ones home and life is really draining. You call me if you need me Marchel.

And, keep that sailboat safe...like I said, we'll bring the beer.

L, and later in the rain~Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 11 years ago

Marchel such a good post.......you and deb and my other a/r friends........i can't even get my head around what you have to go through........the power goes out here and we're lost...:-(

Posted by Liz Moras Migic, Chilliwack, British Columbia - Realtor about 11 years ago

Machel, we're preparing for Ike here in San Antonio too.  Lots of evacuees coming up from the coast are arriving.  We're preparing for 6" of rain and up to 74 mph winds.  Yuck!!!  Looks like we'll be on the good side of it -- we were on the dirty side of Dolly (last month).  If you need a place to stay, give me a call.  I have a spare bedroom.  :)  Stay in touch so we know where everyone is and if anyone needs anything, ok?   :)

L, Judi

 

Posted by Judi Morgan, San Antonio, TX Real Estate (RETIRED) about 11 years ago

I would be lost trying to figure out how to be prepared for something like this - be safe

Posted by Thesa Chambers, Principal Broker - Licensed in Oregon (Fred Real Estate Group) about 11 years ago

I am glad we haven't a hurricane in many years here in Hawaii.  The last one destroyed much of Kauai and took a long time to rebuild.

Posted by Randy Prothero, Hawaii REALTOR, (808) 384-5645 (eXp Realty) about 11 years ago

MARCHEL, stay safe first ... I love your reminder about a Hurricane Preparedness Kit... I don't have one but I will have by tonight.. since we could lose power as far north as Austin.  Winds expected here 75mph.. but thats just a forecast.  Having lived most of my life in Calif I was always Earthquake prepared with similar foods and water stored.

Posted by South Austin Real Estate Blog (Sky Realty South Austin) about 11 years ago

Marchel, I'm thinking about you guys!  Stay safe!  Glad you're ready for it!

Posted by Patricia Kennedy, Home in the Capital (RLAH Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Marchel - This is a great post to remind people to be prepared.  Having lived through many hurricanes it is not fun but being prepared made it more bearable.  Here is hoping you will not be affected.

Posted by Jennifer Fivelsdal, Mid Hudson Valley real estate connection ( JFIVE Home Realty LLC | 845-758-6842|162 Deer Run Rd Red Hook NY 12571) about 11 years ago

Marchel, I have been nervous about Ike and suggested to my husband that we go out of town but to no avail.  As Judy said, we will be getting some weather here in San Antonio although it looks like Ike is taking a more north east route and away from us.

Posted by Shirley Parks, Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate (Sands Realty 210-414-0966) about 11 years ago

Hi Marchel...  Great post and reminder to everyone.  Whether it is a hurricane, tornadoes, earthquakes, etc. any of us could use an emergency kit because the big impact for many people is often not the winds or water, but rather, the lack of electricity (sometimes for many days) and the limited supply of food/water/etc. since many stores will not be receiving replenishment of goods.

Stay safe!

Posted by Steve Shatsky about 11 years ago

Marchel--I guess when they are reporting that several thousands of homes in Baton Rouge, LA are still without power two weeks after Gustav, I would be wanting that generator hooked up too! Stay safe!

Posted by Teri Eckholm, REALTOR Serving Mpls/St Paul North & East Metro (Boardman Realty) about 11 years ago

Hi Marchel

  I am wishing it would disintegrate... I am glad we were spared but yes it does look like Ike is headed your way...  We had a night of wind and rain ( more flooding in the yard) but luckily that was it.  I am hoping you do just as well and I could not survive without my generator.  I learned after living on Cape Cod how ugly everything and everyone can get after a few days without power.  Hang in there and wishing you WELL!

Posted by Shannon Gilmore, CRS, Real Estate Sales Associate with Long and Foster (Long and Foster Real Estate) about 11 years ago

The hurricane to which you refer was FRAN! She was powerful. I lost my home to her. Your words of wisdom should be taken seriously by anyone anywhere near the path of a hurricane. Stay safe, my friend!

GBU, Marchel!

Posted by Elizabeth Nieves, Bilingual Raleigh - Durham North Carolina Real Estate Team (The Elizabeth Nieves Realty Group) about 11 years ago

DEB, if we wanted to leave we would need to have done it by now.  We are hunkering down.  You take care also.  I hope if you are heading out that you are on the road as I hear it is a parking lot out there.  We dry dock our sail boat which is a good thing when a hurricane comes along.  When the sail boats are left on the water there are usually a few that sink.  We will plan on that sailboat adventure here soon.  Sams Boat has opened on Lake Conroe so we could sail over there for lunch.  We have been wanting to do that. 

LIZ, I do not like that power going off either; that's why the generator.  During Rita it saved us a lot of money as we would have lost all our food.  That's also why the window unit air conditioner also.  We have overhead lines in our subdivision so it is not uncommon for our electric to go out.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) about 11 years ago

JUDI, This is my first time to be on the dirty side of a storm.  It should be an interesting few days.  We are hunkered down.  My husband has tomorrow off so we will get everthing inside that could be a flying oject and we have a few big windows that we are going to board up.  This time we don't have to make mad dashes to hardware stores though as we bought in advance. 

THESA, I have to admit we were pretty lost in preparing for Rita.  This time I feel more prepared but since Rita we have been slowly getting ready for the next Rita which looks to be Ike.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) about 11 years ago

RANDY, I'm glad you don't have hurricanes either.  To me Spring is like paradise as I love all our beautiful trees and tropical foliage.  I hope that all those are still there come Sunday.  We drove to New York City shortly after Katrina and I couldn't believe the big trees that I saw just uprooted.

GAIL, Since Rita we have been working on our hurricane preparedness kit.  It is a good thing to have around.  One thing that I did not realize though is that water doesn't stay good.  I now use filtered water so have dumped the bottled water that was in the closet from Rita and refilled it with good water.

 

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) about 11 years ago

PATRICIA,  I don't know if your ever totally ready but it is coming ready or not.  We are spending tomorrow getting the house prepared. 

JENNIFER, I was hopeful we would not be affected but in watching the track of this hurricane I expect we are going to affected in some way.  It should be an interesting few days. 

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) about 11 years ago

SHIRLEY, I thought it was heading south so we were okay and then it took this northern route.  Even when the storm turns in to a tropical storm it can be very destructive.  Tropical Storm Allison was one of our most devastating storms in the damage that was done. 

STEVE, I think it is leaving us and heading for you.  Be careful those tropical storms can be really nasty.  Allison was awful!! 

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) about 11 years ago

TERI, My husband is very mechanical (he's an aircraft mechanic) and this is one of those times when I'm very glad that he is so mechanical.  I'm not thrilled about no power but we will at least have electricity and we also have that window unit I bought a few days ago.  I'm sure glad I went ahead and bought it my neighbor just told me that his friend could not find one.

SHANNON,We just bought this generator three years ago and we are glad that we bought it.  We kept talking about it and then Rita cinched it.  We would have lost a lot of food without it.  We live in a cul-de-sac and with two of us having generators we kept everyone refrigerators going.  I'm glad to hear that you didn't have any more impact from Ike.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) about 11 years ago

We spent the day getting the yard ready, have already stocked up on water and food, pulled out the camping gear and are ready to hunker down and hope for the best, its a little scary thinking about 100 a mile winds with the trees all around, but we have done all we can now its just sit tight and pray,

Hope you come thur this okay!

Posted by Crystal Ledbetter (Texas Home Group) about 11 years ago

All my friends in Houston and East Texas  - Stay Safe. Watch for flying objects; stay away from windows. As much as I hate to say this.....turn off and unplug your computers and electronics.

Posted by Carl Winters about 11 years ago

ELIZABETH:  We were in North Carolina for Hugo and Fran (those are the names I couldn't remember) but you are right it was Fran.  Wow you lost a house from Fran.  I know it was a mighty hurricane as we were 4 hours from the coast and had trees down and our neighbor across the lake had a tree go through their roof.  I'm glad you told me the name.  My daughter was asking me earlier today.  Now her memories of the hurricane was running around barefoot and getting poison ivy on her feet.  She has always been a tomboy.  She is now tomboy turned flight attendant.  She works for a company that does International flights based out of JFK; she is in it for the travel.  I told the gal at our optometrist office that she was a flight attendant and her response was "this is your tomboy daughter".  My daughter said did you tell her I learned how to wear high heels and put on lipstick.  To be quite honest she is still a tomboy at heart though. 

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) about 11 years ago

CRYSTAL, You guys take care also.  You have that extra problem of taking care of animals.  It is a bit dis-concerning watching the news; isn't it?  I guess we can just wait and pray. 

CARL, Thanks!!  You are right I will need to turn that computer off.  I'm a HUGE reader and just had my Amazon order get here earlier today so I'm all set to hunker down and read. 

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) about 11 years ago

Marchel - Ceil ordered a couple of flashlights awhile back that you just shake and they burn for 30 minutes, she says she's ready. ha, ha.

Posted by Carl Winters about 11 years ago

Howdy Marchel

I have been thinking about all my friend's in Texas, and keepen an eye on that there IKE. I'll be sayen prayer Y'all!

Marchel - you and your Husband stay safe!!

God take care of all the folk's in Texas, and keep them safe!!

Baker Home Inspection and Consulting

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) about 11 years ago

Marchel, we just never know what will happen. We ALL need to be prepared - always. With food, with water, and absolutely a generator. We need to do the generator thing. We do have food and water storage, and are probably as prepared as we can be without a generator. We just never, ever know when we will need to be ready. ;-)  Stay safe, and I hope Ike stalls before going ashore. ;-)

Pepper

Posted by Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor, AzLadyInRed (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC) about 11 years ago

Marchel

A little prayer always helps too. I wish my son in Houston would get his tail in gear and get on out. I hate the thought of him stuck in huge slow lines of cars tomorrow!

Posted by Trey Thurmond, College Station , Texas Homes (BCR Realtors) about 11 years ago

Marchel, Be safe! we are in Austin so will only experience some heavy rain and winds on Saturday. Actually i wanted to compliment you on the look of this post (as well as the content) I am still learning how to make a post look as compelling as the writing! Thanks again and take care of yourself!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Marchel - If you decide to come this way toward Canyon Lake you know you have a place to stay. We can give you directions. I know you are familiar with the lake since your husband does some sailing over this way.

Posted by Carl Winters about 11 years ago

Hi Marchel ~

I have some of my family arriving from the Brazoria/Galveston County area, some went to San Antonio also....ALL of my immediate family are down that way. No one has to tell my family twice to leave when something like that is coming in. We've been thru Carla, Camille, a few others and most recently had family effected by Katrina in Miss and La. I'm watching CNN & The Weather Channel right now. I can't believe how the waves are already slapping over the sea wall AND IT'S LOW TIDE!

To all my AR Friends having to be on the road...I'm praying for you all...BE SAFE. Everyone check in when things are over.

HEY DEB, Say hey to Aunt June and Cousin Ruby. Be careful Girl.

Posted by Kathy Fisher, Realtor Wise County Texas (Parker Properties) about 11 years ago

CARL, Ceil might get to use those flashlights as this is a far reaching storm.

DALE, All prayers are appreciated.  This waiting is nerve racking.  It is amazing what is already happening in Galveston.  I sure hope all those people take this seriously and get out of harms way.  Last night we were watching the news and saw a couple with two little children who said they were staying.  I sure hope they woke up this morning and drove out. 

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) about 11 years ago

TERI, I'm still praying that Ike will take a jog and not go straight for the most populated areas.  We are as prepared as we are going to be.  Now it is just a waiting game.  I'm sure our electricity will be going out at sometime overnight.  I have heard that we might be without electric for up to a week or two.  I guess it just depends on how it hits.  I'm sure glad that my husband has our generator hooked to the house. 

TREY, I hope your son headed his tail to you.  If I was in Houston I would be evacuating. 

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) about 11 years ago

Marchel, I can't imagine staying in Galveston during this Hurricane!  I hope they woke up this morning and decided to leave too.

I spoke with Deb Brooks this morning, she was driving up to Wichita Falls, TX to stay with her Aunt & Cousin.  I hope to talk to her later to make sure she made the trip safely. 

 

Posted by Judi Morgan, San Antonio, TX Real Estate (RETIRED) about 11 years ago

RUSSELL, This is a far reaching storm so you be careful also.  This waiting is nerve racking.  At the moment they are projecting the eye to go right over us.  Thanks for the compliment on my post.  I subscribed to this great clip art site and it has helped me make my post a little more lively.

KATHY, Good for your family.  I have heard of these people who are staying and I just can't believe it.  Hopefully with this latest advisory "leave or die" the rest will leave. 

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) about 11 years ago

Marchel Thank yo so much for the clip artconnection! They say it's going to be heavy rain and wind in Austin but not much more. Our schools and other shelters are already receiving evacuees. and volunteers are alreday avaiable! Take care of your self and be safe!

Posted by Russell Lewis, Broker,CLHMS,GRI (Realty Austin, Austin Texas Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Marchel:  Take care and be safe.  I thought at one time that Ike was heading toward us in Pensacola.  I am thankful it didn't, but I want everyone to be safe.

Posted by Dianne Barody, Pensacola Florida Real Estate (Century 21 AmeriSouth Realty) about 11 years ago

You, your family and everyone within "Ike's Strike" are in my prayers.  Stay safe and God Bless You!

Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) about 11 years ago

Marchel, I have been watching the news and you have been on my mind and prayers.  Please do not hesitate to let me know if you need anything.  I will be watching all weekend. 

Posted by Audrey June-Forshey, GRI, Gaithersburg, MD (RE/MAX Realty Services) about 11 years ago

I live in Louisiana and just went through Gustav.  We have a generator and stayed in our camper (in our driveway) the first night without power.  We were fortunate to get power restored the next day.  My mother and 2 sisters were each without power for several days.

We had gone to Home Depot prior to the storm to get one of those "free standing" a/c units but they were sold out.  I was excited that my husband went there today and was able to get one.  Now, we have the option to stay indoors if we choose to do so.  We have several cans of gas and are ready.  We lost power for about 3 hours this morning.

Hope everyone stays safe!

Lora

 

 

Posted by Lora Bordelon about 11 years ago

Lora, my family is in Louisiana (Cameron & Calcasieu Parishes).  Good Luck to all of you, we're all praying for everyone in Galveston, Houston, Port Arthur and the Southwest LA Parishes!!!

Posted by Judi Morgan, San Antonio, TX Real Estate (RETIRED) about 11 years ago

Judi...thanks and my prayers are with everyone too.  My husband and son both work offshore for different companies.  My son's rig is closer to Galveston (even though he goes out of Amelia).  When Hurricane Katrina hit, he was working for a different company and that company lost 5 of their rigs and his was one of them.  They never did recover it.  He was then forced to go work overseas for a time.  He is surely hoping that this rig can withstand it.

Gustav is so fresh on my mind and I will surely pray for everyone in Ike's path.

Lora

 

Posted by Lora Bordelon, REALTOR (Covington & Associates Real Estate) about 11 years ago

Lora, thank you. . .here's a link to my post about Ike...if you'll go there we can talk on it.

Posted by Judi Morgan, San Antonio, TX Real Estate (RETIRED) about 11 years ago

DIANNA, It looks to be a rough storm and most of it is going to be overnight.  I guess we will know more in the morning.  I have power now but expect it to go out here in a few hours.

JANICE, Thanks!!  Prayers are appreciated.  It is amazing the flooding that is taking place down at Galveston and Clear Lake and the rain has not even started.  I keep hearing that people did not leave even though they pretty much told them leave or die. 

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) about 11 years ago

AUDREY, Thanks!  The good news is that this a fast moving storm.  It is mainly taking place tonight overnight.  The tornadoes that could spawn off of it are a huge concern to me.  I grew up in tornado country and know the damage they can do.  Luckily we live far enough north that we won't feel anything from the storm surge.  I'm amazed at the flooding that is already taking place from the storm surge.  I guess the morning will tell what damage there is but it looks to be quite catastrophic. 

 

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) about 11 years ago

LORA, We have power at the moment but I am expecting it to go out sometime during the night.  When I bought the window unit on Tuesday I was thinking maybe I was being a little frivolous but now I'm thrilled that I did.  We actually have been talking about getting a window unit for about a year now so it wasn't an impulse buy. 

I'm TOTALLY amazed at the flooding we are already seeing and the eye has not made it to land yet.  I'm afraid this is going to be a fairly catastrophic hurricane.

I hope that your son's rig makes it okay.  I was sure glad to hear that the ship that was without power was able to ride the storm out and is okay.  Your prayers are appreciated.

JUDY, I'm off to check your post out while I still have power.

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) about 11 years ago

Marchel,  Here's a link to a weather information site -- it's really neat. 

Posted by Judi Morgan, San Antonio, TX Real Estate (RETIRED) about 11 years ago

JUDY, Thanks!  Before going to bed I was trying to see where the eye was going and YUCK it looks like it is going over our house unless it turns.  So what happens with the tornadoes then?

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) about 11 years ago

Marchel, geez, over your house -- I was afraid of that!  I'm sitting here on the computer and watching the weather channel and on and off the phone with my brother in Lake Charles trying to monitor everything.  I'm not sure about the tornadoes -- I've just heard there are always tornadoes on the east side of the hurricane.  Stay safe, thinking about you and praying you'll stay safe! 

Posted by Judi Morgan, San Antonio, TX Real Estate (RETIRED) about 11 years ago

Marchel, You have been on my mind and  in my prayers. I am wondering how Spring is being affected. Looking forward to hearing how you are doing. God Bless.

Ginger

Posted by Ginger Sala, Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~ (Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC) about 11 years ago

Howdy Marchel

I sure do hope and pray you and your family are ok and doing will.

My prayers are with Y'all.

God please keep my friend Marchel and her family safe in your arms!

Baker Home Inspection and Consulting

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) about 11 years ago

More and more people will now take steps to be prepared for the next time they are faced with this situation.  Better safe then sorry. 

I am sure when this is all over as many people who can afford it will buy a generator. 

They are saying some may without electricity for the next 5 weeks.

Posted by Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker about 11 years ago

Howdy Marchel

Wanted to let you know that, I heard from our friend Liz today. She is ok.

Please God keep my friend Marchel and her family safe in your arms! Help all my friend's and all the other folk's in Texas, get back to their every day lives.

God Bless Texas and all the fine folk's of the Grand State of Texas!!

Baker Home Inspection and Consulting

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) about 11 years ago

Marchel, so sorry you were hit with this. We watched the weather channel and the progression of the storm. I can't believe the destruction in Galveston and Houston from the wind and water. I hope you are well.

Posted by Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369 (Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management) about 11 years ago

Marchel, let me know you're okay. I will call you tomorrow or you call me. We're good. Trees down and a roof leak from a limb at the office and that's about it. No electricity but then you don't have it either. I hope you're okay, my friend.

L, Deb

Posted by Deb Brooks (Brooks Prime Properties Wichita Falls Texas) about 11 years ago

Hi Everyone: 

Thanks for all your prayers.  We are doing fine.  This is my first time to be back on line and that is only because of the generator that I talked about above.  We have our internet through AT&T and our phone did not work until this morning.  I have two lines one local and one metro and for some reason they don't seem to work at the same time.  At the moment my local line is working which is the line that has our DSL.  Who knows how long I will have it or if it will coincide with the times we run the generator. 

We have been so blessed to have so few deaths associated with Ike.  Harris County which is where I live did not have any deaths although I do think there have been some that have happened with the clean up.  It has looked like a war zone.  If you have followed my localism post you have probably heard me talk about the towering pine and oak trees.  Well those towering pines are down all over the place and lots of them are hanging over power lines and sitting in the middle of houses. It is really amazing that the trees did not hit more houses.  One of our neighbors REALLY big pine trees missed our truck by about a foot.  A neighbor told my husband maybe he should go buy a lottery ticket.  One of our neighbors in the cul-de-sac behind us told me told me that he has an electric line running through his pool.  Long story short I don't expect we will have power anytime soon because of all the trees we have in this Northwest area of Harris County. 

I was supposed to have a closing today (which of course did not happen) but I went by the house to make sure it was okay as my client is moving in from North Carolina and while I was out I found some places that do have power.  I was able to fill up our gas cans; I had to wait about an hour and they only accepted cash but luckily we took out extra cash before the hurricane so I had it.   I was walking around the neighborhood taking pictures and talked to a gentleman who had waited about 4 or 5 hours to get gas so I felt fairly good.

There is a lot of devastation and many people were not prepared.  Please keep them in your prayers. 

I am leaving on Wednesday to go and visit my daughter in New York City.  You can't imagine how happy I am to be going.  I have lots of pictures and will try to do a post from New York City while at my daughters. 

Posted by Marchel Peterson, Spring TX Real Estate E-Pro (Results Realty) about 11 years ago

Marchel - so glad to hear you are ok. It looks like a war zone from the pictures on TV.

Posted by Judy Tuscano, NH Real Estate Professional (Prudential Verani Realty) about 11 years ago

Marchel - I'm happy to read your update that you'll came through ok.  We may have to deal with -65 degrees, but at least we don't have that particular wrath of mother nature to deal with.

Posted by Jesse & Kathy Clifton, Retired (Jesse Clifton & Associates, REALTORS®) about 11 years ago

Marchel - Thanks for the update.  I am so glad to read that you are getting through this disaster OK.  I will continue to pray for everyone effected by Ike.   

Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) about 11 years ago

Marchel - Thanks for the update.  I am so glad to read that you are getting through this disaster OK.  I will continue to pray for everyone effected by Ike.   

Posted by Janice Sutton, Home Stager - Temecula Murrieta (1st Stage Property Transformations ) about 11 years ago

Marchel,  Glad to hear you are OK, but I am amazed how few deaths there were - it would appear evacuations really make a difference - we learned a lot from Katrina

Posted by Karen Kruschka, - "My Experience Isn't Expensive - It's PRICELESS" (RE/MAX Executives) about 11 years ago

Marchel, I'm so happy to see you back here and that y'all are ok!!  I did try to call on Sunday but of course couldn't get through.  Have a wonderful trip to New York City.   

Posted by Judi Morgan, San Antonio, TX Real Estate (RETIRED) about 11 years ago

Marchel - Looks like someone from up above took good care of you and kept you and your husband safe. Enjoy your trip to visit your daughter.

Posted by Carl Winters about 11 years ago

Howdy Marchel

I thank God Y'all are OK, It's so good to see you. You where the only good friend in Texas, I did not know if you and your family was OK or not.

I'll keep saying prayers for you and your family and all the other fine Texas folk's.

Just know we are all here for you!!

God Bless Texas

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) about 11 years ago

Marchel, Have fun in New York City.  Glad to hear that you are ok.  I was wondering about you.

Posted by Shirley Parks, Broker, 210-414-0966, San Antonio TX Real Estate (Sands Realty 210-414-0966) about 11 years ago

Marchel, so good to know that you survived that Big IKE!!! Gosh, how scarey. Can't imagine. Thanks for letting us hear from you. ;-)

 

Pepper

Posted by Mesa, Arizona Real Estate Mesa Arizona Realtor, AzLadyInRed (Homes Arizona Real Estate LLC) about 11 years ago

Marchel, Thank God for His protection on you & your family.  How awful for the others in Texas and the midwest that lost their homes and some their lives. The worst story i heard was a 10 year old boy was killed Pre-Ike when the tall tree his father was cutting down as a precaution fell on him... I can't get that out of my mind.

Have a wonderful trip to NYC,

Ginger

 

 

Posted by Ginger Sala, Wilmington NC Real Estate & Relocation~ (Wilkinson & Associates, Wilmington NC) about 11 years ago

Marchel, I'm so glad to read your update. I can't imagine how bad the devastation was, just catch glimpses on tv. Stay safe and enjoy your time in NY with your daughter.

Posted by Debbie Malone, From Lynchburg To The Lake (434) 546-0369 (Londeree's Real Estate & Property Management) about 11 years ago

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