9AM UPDATE:I guess I’m an optimist: I put the garbage out for collection. The “official” track takes the eye right into Galveston Bay. Instead of expecting the big winds from the south, Katy can now expect winds from the east and northeast. While you have to believe the current storm track, the storm could shift either east or west as it’s already done. I’m starting to believe we’re looking at landfall east of High Island, Texas. This would put Katy out of danger for the most part and would threaten a whole new group of people. Port Arthur and Beaumont are now under “mandatory evacuations” which will merely add to people on the roadways, obviously. I-1o westbound has been a parking lot since yesterday and nothing has changed since then. Reports of people pushing their cars on the freeway in order to conserve gasoline are more frequent.
4AM UPDATE: Yeah, so much for sleep. Woke up to a clean kitchen. The kitchen elves drink Heineken, apparently. Scary. I noticed the header graphic I was pulling got corrupted, so I’m pulling a similar graphic. (It’s also “live” and will update throughout the day. The dotted straight line is current heading and speed) Note the new changes putting the eyewall even FURTHER to the east. It’s so weird to have almost complete agreement in the computer models, and then all the models disagree so quickly. Here I was, thinking that when the computer models all agreed, THAT was the path the storm was going to take… Apparently, the High Pressure area that was our “protector”, steering the hurricane to the west of us is bugging out to the east. The track of the storm is also shifting with it. The storm’s eye may very well make landfall significantly to the east of the Houston ship channel. This catastrophic storm may very well be catastrophic in an area not currently prepared for the event.
1AM local time: The track of the storm moved east about 40 miles, making a beeline for the eyewall of this beast to hit Freeport. The storm now looks to be coming up Hwy288 and Hwy 6 right up here to Katy.
This was the update I was waiting for. I have some work to do tomorrow. Maybe a decision to leave. I’m not sure what. I’ll get some sleep.