Ike update

Hello everyone! We are very lucky because we're all ok. We rode out the storm at our house with my parents, brothers and sister-in-law. Our home sustained no damage at all. The streets are full of fallen trees, branches, debris and such—a lot—everywhere you look. We haven't had any power since Saturday at 1am. Our fridge is melting away and we obviously had to get rid of everything we had in there. I'm writing this from my parent's house where we are since this morning.

The storm itself was fierce. The power of the wind was incredible. I've never experienced anything like that. Fortunately, we were all so exhausted that we slept through most of it. I'm glad the kids didn't hear any of it. We didn't have to deal with them being scared. Typically I sleep like a log. Nothing wakes me up. Interestingly I woke up because all of the sudden there was no noise. Basically, we were in the eye of the hurricane. That must have been around 5am (Saturday). I was tempted to get up and take a peek but sleep won over curiosity.

In the morning, we all sat out on our mini-porch and enjoyed the remaining gusts of wind (probably still about 40mph). It felt great because the fact that we had no AC was starting to take its toll. By mid-morning we all fell asleep again to get some real rest.

My parents really wanted to know the condition of their home so they took off by mid-afternoon. It turns out that they live in one of the few areas that do have power. We have no idea when our electricity will be up and running.

Judging by what we've heard on the news and what we saw on our way here, we were extremely lucky. I feel so badly for those that have lost their homes to the flooding. It's all a huge mess further south from us. Please keep all those people in your thoughts and prayers.

Thank you for all your messages. It was so heart warming to get them this morning - when my iPhone finally was able to pick up a signal. I was on Twitter until all signals went down and hadn't been able to post anything until today.

All in all I can't complain. I do want the comfort of getting back to our routine but in the meantime it definitely doesn't hurt to be at my Mom's house.

How are the Houston/South East Texas area bloggers - Dang & Blast, Sarah, Tisa, anyone else? Check in whenever you can. I hope that you're all doing well.

22 comments:

  1. Pats - Thanks for the update. Glad to hear you and your family are OK. Sending good thoughts to everyone down your way. - J.

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  2. Good to hear that you and your family are okay. I'm glad your house has no damage.

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  3. you and yours have been in my thoughts and prayers, patricia.

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  4. glad you're ok pat! i was worried about you.

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  5. puh, so glad to hear all is well, or as well as can be expected. Judging from the news casts it is a mess down there, and I feel deeply for everyone who has to deal with the aftermath.

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  6. I'm glad you've escaped major damage! My thoughts are with you and your family.

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  7. Glad to hear you're OK. We were watching some of the devastation on TV this evening and thought of you.

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  8. Thanks goodness. I am glad to hear you are ok. :)

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  9. Glad to hear you got through it okay! The ones who didn't do so well are definitely in my thoughts.

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  10. We're ok -- palm fronds down, that's all -- but had a leak at an upstairs window that went through the floor, and still have no power. (Spent the night with my mother in West U, who got power around lunchtime yesterday.)

    Glad you're well. It was kind of exciting, wasn't it?

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  11. Ahhh.. I'm so glad to hear you and your family are ok! Hurricanes are really scary!

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  12. Glad to hear from you. Mark's family is without power too -- but safe. His parent's power came back on last night, but, they lost it again this morning. Please continue to keep us posted!

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  13. So glad that you and your family are ok! Big hugs. xoxo

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  14. So glad you and yours fared okay!! Talking with others, I am realizing just how lucky we are to have minimal damage! And we got power back last night. Up side to a new neighborhood - no big trees to crush the power lines. I hope you get your power back soon!! Thanks for the update!

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  15. Am very happy that you and your family are safe and sound. We had some pictures in our (South African) newspapers of the destruction in Texas - pretty scary stuff.

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  16. we got power back sun. eve. - aaah a/c! the scariest part now is trying to drive with no power to run the traffic lights! people in houston aren't very patient - slow down everybody.

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  17. Thank everyone! :)
    We're still without power so we're still at my parent's house. The kids won't have school for this whole week so we're taking it easy for now.

    D&G and Karen - I'm glad that you're all ok!

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  18. So glad to hear that you are all okay, Patricia! Keep us updated!

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  19. We are in Huntsville, and managed well. We have family in Webster and Clear Lake who had to go to higher ground.

    I can't believe the devastation in Conroe - even the 30 mile difference to us made a lot of difference in sheer damage.

    I'm glad to hear you fared well. I did Alicia in Clear Lake back when I was much, MUCH younger and I can't say I'd want a repeat performance of that hellish night.

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  20. I'm glad you and your family are ok. Yes, it's amazing that the damage was so widespread.

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  21. I'm glad to hear that you and your family are ok!

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