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For those of you in Texas, and those of you who are willing to cross your fingers and say some prayers for those of us who are, Tropical Storm Don just formed near the Yucatan and initial forecasts say it's heading our way. We DESPERATELY need the rain and although my job in the insurance industry would make me wish otherwise, I'd venture a guess that a lot of folks around here would even take some wind damage just to get some rain. We live by Lake Travis, which is the main water supply for much of the Austin area, and it's below 50% full right now - down around 40 feet from normal for July.

C'mon Don!!
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Originally posted by Vino Bevo:
For those of you in Texas, and those of you who are willing to cross your fingers and say some prayers for those of us who are, Tropical Storm Don just formed near the Yucatan and initial forecasts say it's heading our way. We DESPERATELY need the rain and although my job in the insurance industry would make me wish otherwise, I'd venture a guess that a lot of folks around here would even take some wind damage just to get some rain. We live by Lake Travis, which is the main water supply for much of the Austin area, and it's below 50% full right now - down around 40 feet from normal for July.

C'mon Don!!


As a person with a house at Lake Travis... +1.
yikes. i guess i'm traumatized from andrew and all the other storms that have rolled through here, but I never wish for a named storm to head my way.

some rainy days, maybe a string of regular storms, but named storms? no fun. it's a TS that's just starting its trip across a very warm Gulf of Mexico. I'd rather mother nature's indigestion steer clear of me.

either way, i'll hope for the best, hope you guys get plenty of rain, very little wind, and a very manageable surge.
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some rainy days, maybe a string of regular storms, but named storms? no fun. it's a TS that's just starting its trip across a very warm Gulf of Mexico. I'd rather mother nature's indigestion steer clear of me.


Oh no... I'm with jorge on this one. No named storms.

A few days of a steady but not overpowering rain? Sure. Any kind of hurricane? No thanks. When Wilma rolled through it was only a Cat 1 or 2 and there was plenty of damage from that. You don't need a structure to come down to have serious damage, serious expense and a big, fat headache. I'll pass.

Wishing all those in Texas some rain, too, preferably not in the form of a hurricane.
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Originally posted by jburman82:
Jorge, I agree with Rothko on this one. I'd be perfectly happy with a TS or even a Cat1 roling across FLA to alleviate the extreme drought conditions. If a structure couldnt stand up to that then it probably needed to come down anyway.


Speak for yourself bub. It rained for a couple hours here yesterday and the tropical wave a few weeks ago dumped so much rain in the Tampa area that we've become a breeding ground for one of the worst mosquito seasons in recent memory. Should get more rain today too!
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Originally posted by jorgerunfast:
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Originally posted by jburman82:
Yeah its rained alot but we are still feet behind our avg rainfall. We need a lot more rain, especially over Lake Okeechobee.


don't go calling me when the power's out for 2 weeks bc of some stupid cat 1 storm and you need to move wine into Frank the Tank Razz


Here are a couple of things to think about Jorgito. Underground power lines, my house is a concrete bunker, generator. You guys can come and stay with us if a big mean storm is coming our way. Cool
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Originally posted by jburman82:
The wine, peanut and M are always welcome. I'll have to check with K about you though. Razz

Seriously though, every time a new track comes out it jogs further east, I dont see this giving us a whole lot of hurricane/TS storm conditions.


Good for us bad for the Bahamas. As long as it clears for our travels on Saturday
Need to ask the crew for some prayers. With the extreme drought conditions, high temps and winds gusting up to 40-50 mph at times Central Texas is in deep trouble as multiple wildfires sprang up today. One near Bastrop has destroyed over 300 homes so far and another has forced a full evacuation of my community and destroyed 30 as of last report from a friend who's husband is a firefighter. There are a dozen or so big ones that started today and are burning out of control as of the newscast tonight. My wife and I are fine and staying at my mother's right now but were out wine tasting in the Hill Country today and couldn't get back into the neighborhood to get our dogs - just praying they hold out and the fire doesn't get close enough before they get in contained.

Would appreciate your prayers as there are a LOT of folks in some serious straits as I type this...

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