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Now the wait begins.  All storm preparations are done and we are hunkering down for the big show that should start later today.  Predictions have us beginning to feel some wind and rain around noon CST today with a gradual strengthening until landfall tomorrow noon.  The temperature has […]

Now the wait begins.  All storm preparations are done and we are hunkering down for the big show that should start later today.  Predictions have us beginning to feel some wind and rain around noon CST today with a gradual strengthening until landfall tomorrow noon.  The temperature has dropped around 10 degrees from what it was the past few days making it extremely pleasant outside.  I still have not been able to get in contact with my Mom nor my sister so I do not know if they are still stuck in the giant traffic fiasco on their way to Dallas.

There will no doubt be much discussion and investigations over the handling of the evacuation plan.  People have now been sitting in a very slow moving traffic jam for over 24 hours and shelters are being put in place to get them out of their cars come storm time.  The traffic jam is reported to be over 100 miles long due in large part to evacuees leaving whenever they wanted as opposed to following the planned staggered evacuation that was designed to prevent just such traffic problems.  No doubt finger-pointing for blame will begin in earnest even before the storm comes ashore.  I saw one county official tell his constituents two days ago that while their mandatory evacuation was to take place the next day according to the official plan that he wouldn’t wait so they could use any route they wanted to leave as opposed to the official route and time.  They should string this guy up.

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  1. I quite agree, if you’re not going to stick to the plan then there’s no point having one.

    I’ve been reading the reports coming out of the area and it’s crazy that there are already problems due to people with heat stroke etc. from the jams. If the emergency services are already having problems coping I hate to think what it will be like when the storm actually hits.

    Stay safe.

  2. I just heard an official in Texas say on Fox News that they didn’t figure into their evacuation plans people packing up most of their belongings and using two or more cars to get out of town. They figured on families traveling together in one car.

    What were they drinking/thinking when they figured that into their evacuation plans?!

    Ditto on the stay safe

  3. Due to the expected gas shortages on the evacuation route officials should have mandated no trailer towing and no big belongings. It might have helped but it’s easy to Monday morning quarterback something like this.

  4. The evacutation problems show that there was never a real expectation that so many people would leave. It goes to show that folks in harms way have learned a thing or two from Hurricane Katrina..this time many are trying to leave.

    Stay safe James we are all sending you good thoughts.

  5. Been watching on News in UK and reading your Blogs which really push the situation home.
    Eye in sky cameras show all freeway lanes going out blocked and the inward lanes empty. Why the hell can’t the inward lanes be adapted to divert traffic away?
    Is there something I am missing?
    I Hope you and your family get together soon and stay safe.

  6. The city of Houston enacted a grandiose plan yesterday to do just what Davey suggested, taking the inbound lanes of the three major freeways and making them contra-flow lanes. As expected this took most of a day to implement due to the sheer miles of freeway that had to have all inramps closed and traffic diverted. They were unable to get Highway 290 converted at all due to manpower shortages. Once the other two freeways were converted it had little effect on those already gridlocked as there were few crossover points to get traffic diverted.

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