I can't believe this is happening again, three years after Hurricane Rita. My family evacuated then from Texas City under great distress. Even though there is another hurricane headed straight for Galveston, they are not leaving. They did not want to face that nightmare of evacuation again. City officials seem to be congratulating themselves on how the evacuation is going smoothly this time around, but that is because people that should be evacuating are not. I've heard and read that up to 50 percent of Galveston residents are still there. There is already water going over the seawall, hours ahead of the hurricane, and it will only get worse. I'm afraid for the worst right now.
Texas City does have a hurricane levy but I am worried about it holding against the huge storm surge that is expected. I even found an article which compared some deficiencies of the Texas City levy to the ones that caused the New Orleans levy to fail during Hurricane Katrina. At least Texas City is above sea level. My parents will probably be okay, but I just wish they had left. The windows are boarded up and they have supplies. My mom's big concern was that she wouldn't have enough to read if the power should go out. People are not getting concerned enough about this hurricane after all of the near-misses lately. I really hope I am wrong about all of this.
Update: My mom called at 3:30 and said they were leaving. Thank God. They are headed to my brother's house in Lufkin, which is still in the path of the hurricane, but they'll be safer. I was mostly worried about the storm surge. My mom didn't have much time to talk since they were leaving, but she said it was going to be bad. I'm upset that they have been renovating the house with the intention to sell it, but the house can be replaced. They can't.