Here we go! The rain just started here. Nothing too heavy at the moment, but it's going to be a wild night. The storm has weakened to a Category 3 and shifted a bit to the east, so we won't get the absolute worst of it. Still, we could be without power for awhile. Absolutely everything has been shut down since about 5:00 yesterday afternoon, so whatever food and supplies we have right now is all we're going to have for a few days. Fortunately, we're prepared. I took photos of our well-stocked pantry and fridge and I'll see if I can upload those later on.
It's nice to have a rational, sedate, responsible newscast like the one on KHOU, Channel 11 in Houston. Their meteorologist is Dr. Neil Frank, who is an internationally recognized authority on hurricanes, going all the way back to Hurricane Carla in 1961. He doesn't try to freak you out or boost their ratings through hysteria. They leave that to Channel 2, whose coverage ("Worse Than Katrina!!!") should be subject to criminal prosecution for inciting riot.
I really hope the power stays on. I'm such a wuss; I really like my air conditioning, TV and internet. It was 100 degrees outside yesterday! That's unusually hot for the first day of fall. We watched the entire first season of Arrested Development over the past two days (BRILLAINT!), so I'd also like to keep the DVD player and TiVo in commission as long as possible. And by that I mean for the rest of my life.