September 12, 2008
Friday started off with the odd feeling that things
weren't quite right. We ventured out while we could to see what all was closed
and how things were prepared.
Billingsley for Channel 2
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Several places were open, but only for a part of the
day. Many places closed at 1 or 3pm to allow time for employees to get home to
safety. I think most of us were still thinking we would once again 'dodge the
bullet' as we had for several years since Alicia in 1983.
Forecast for Arcola, Texas (Southwest Houston, 45 minute drive to
At 5:30 I had just talked to my boyfriend, Andrew
who was working a shift at the fire station. The wind had picked up to a brisk
pace, but was nothing compared to what was to come. Shortly after talking to
Andrew, we got to work on taking the satellite dish off the roof.
Feeder Bands start
to arrive along with Tropical Storm Wind
Our dog, Daisy, was going crazy. She doesn't like
storms and was already having issues with this one. She can always tell when a
storm is headed in. I was walking back to the house to get some more tools
because we were having trouble with getting the dish off. Daisy decided to lay
in front of me. I lost my balance and began to fall, caught myself then tripped
over her again. I regained my balance once more to find her yelp at me and trip
me AGAIN! I fell to the ground ending up with a bruised hand and a massive
concrete burn on my leg. GRR!
At 6:00pm our power went off. Mom, sister and I sat
on the front porch listening to the rising wind come in. Small branches were
already falling. I noticed a red tint to the sky and walked out to the street to
an amazing view! The feeder bands zoomed quickly across the evening sun giving a
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