Still not underwater after leaving my higher ground hideout to return home as I mentioned in my previous post. I really thought things would be slowing down by now. Not at all, moderate rain has been steady since my last post.
Street and parking area still seem to be draining well, but I wish I had not risked a trip home. Harvey’s eye is still somewhat coherent near Austin, but the upper level part of the eye is sitting west of Houston and sucking moisture off parts of the Gulf not cooled by the passage of Harvey.
The northeast side of a hurricane is the wettest side. No hurricane has stalled like this. Rain that usually falls hundreds of miles inland is falling here. The central parts of the city are impassable as they were during Allison. This storm is not as focused, and the damage not yet as locally intense, but the effects are much more widespread and will be longer lasting.
Good news is that hardening the electrical grid post-Ike seems to have worked. I have had uninterrupted electricity in both areas I have been in.
Bad news is that even if this lets up tomorrow, affected areas of central Houston will be out of service for a long time even if this most heavily populated area is not as large as the area that suffered from Allison.
And the damage will be much more widespread. Even if the rain stops tomorrow or Tuesday, the Brazos and San Jacinto rivers will still have their largest recorded floods ever.
The National Weather Service has described Harvey as unprecedented. I am beginning to believe they are not overstating things.