After already receiving enormous amounts of rainfall this summer, leading to widespread flooding and copious amounts of mosquitoes, my family and friends in South Texas are again bracing for more rain, as Tropical Storm Erin makes its way across the Gulf of Mexico.
As I have been compelled to do ever since I moved away from Texas, I’ve been frequently visiting the NOAA web site to follow the latest warnings. It’s funny, by just reading this page, I can hear it (in my head) how it used to sound on the TV and the radio, as regular programming is interrupted, and a piercing, crackly siren sound takes over the airwaves, followed by the announcer’s report, which sounds like it comes from a robot in the 1950s.
"A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR THE LOWER AND MIDDLE TEXAS COAST...
THIS STATEMENT RECOMMENDS ACTION TO BE TAKEN BY THE RESIDENTS OF ARANSAS...CALHOUN...KLEBERG...NUECES...REFUGIO AND SAN PATRICIO COUNTIES.
THE MAIN THREAT FROM THIS TROPICAL CYCLONE WILL BE FROM HEAVY RAINFALL."
The last time I lived in Hurricane Alley during hurricane season, was in 2002. I’ll never forget that last year because a tornado spawned by a late-summer squall lashed across the Del Mar College campus, killing a professor and injuring about 14 students. I was a newspaper reporter at the time, and I wrote a narrative account of the storm’s path, for which I won a second-prize award for deadline reporting. It’s odd how tragedy can sometimes provide a career boost.
At any rate, here’s hoping that Tropical Storm Erin fizzles out, and causes little damage, flooding or injury.