Hurricane Harvey, Rockport, Texas & Gulf Coast USA

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before the storm

Please say a quiet prayer for our brothers in need at Rockport & Texas, Louisinan, Mississippi, and Alabama Gulf coast.

I had very limited TV, internet, and 110 volt power, so I am limited on my Harvey coverage. The worst disaster from storm only missed me by ten miles. This is my best interpetation of what happened. (Harvey still in progress elsewhere.) I will post pics from Nacogdoches, TV Weather Nation, Tyler TV, and stock pics from Oklahoma.

About two weeks ago the heat from the West African desert interacted with the Alantic ocean making a minor tropical system. That tropical thing passed the Caribbean and part of Mexico as a Cat 2 hurricane Harvey, and was downgraded to storm. Reaching the very warm Gulf of Mexico (eight degrees F warmer then normal) Harvy was only a Cat 1 storm.

before the storm
For days the forcast for Texas was only to remain a Cat 1. People do not evacuate for a Cat 1 storm. When the forcast for Harvey was increased to Cat 3, it was to late for the good people in Texas and Louisiana to evacuate. Mabe there is something very real with the "so called" Global Climate Change.

We and others states got hammered. The worst part of Harvey destroyed Angelina County (ten miles South), including Lufkin (twenty miles South of me) and declared a federal desaster area. Me and most of Nacogdoches County was spared. I was never in danger. Today it is sunny and nice in Nac.

During the storm I visited the Nacogdoches Library to use the internet. With power fluctions, the hard working library employees made most of their twenty internet computers active.

walterman
Then I went to decon the back of Old Blue in case I get to go later on my last great camping travel adventure. I made a brief stop at Drewery Construction (on New Press Road) to see their large scale Harvy response operations. Then it was home for the rest of our part of Harvey.

Against all odds with ONCOR power, my home regained my 110 volt power. More very bad news on TV. Included is the small town of Crosby just East of Houston along "refinery row". A plastics plant exploded that endangers the "down-winders". The finished organic polymers are safe. With the heat of fire the plastic polymers break down to deadly monomers caponents that include stuff like phosgene nerve gas. Now the vistigual FEMA expert on TV enshured the public that the vapors from burning plastics is not harmful to people and pets.

view from front porch
(To sad for a LOL.) Well, Mr FEMA expert, please stand down-wind from Crosby and see how long you can hold your breath!

So much for me to say, and so little time. I am returning to Dollar tree and Kroger for emergency supplies. Then off to Drewery Construction to add food to their relief.

I was a chemical and medical first responder, so I need Old Blue to get me through water to assist in person. Please TBs wish us luck. The first rule for first responders is "save yourself first", cuz you make things worse for other responders by adding yourself to the grim body count. I am very old, very disabled, and can no longer swim, but I must try.

Mr. Drewery gave me a dry safe route to get to Jasper, TX to help the needy...so time for me and Blue to take a load of water and food to Jasper; but I wanted to go to Lake Charles, Louisiana.

back porch, propane stove coffee
(LA) I made a quick stop at Kroger and Dollar Tree then home.

I got to my home at 17:00 Friday and departed at 18:00 for LA. (I useally take over 48 hours to pack for a survival trip...but not today.) I packed my ice chest full of frozen water and fruit jouce that was intended for my Utah adventure.

With all big hurricanes there can be many destructive tornados. I have no Harvey tornado pics, so I added stock Oklahoma pics. (See pic # 64 for Houston tornado.)

In Lufkin the good East Loop 287 was closed, so we took the silly West Loop 287. South of Lufkin most of the traffic was not playing suiside. We tucked in behind a Harvey relief convoy of ten wheelers. The sun went down and things were confusing in total darkness.

There was no AC power in Jasper.

emergency generator locking shed
Fortunately the City of Jasper had all their emergency vehicals (with lit up christmas trees) parked at the highway intersections so we knew to stop and not smash up with the intersecting traffic.

We drove as long as possible fatuged, then parked is somebody's front yard for an emergency camp.

The next morning I woke to meet nice locals with coffee and food to spare. Then we were off to the Lake Charles Civic Center. We went South to Interstate 10, then West to Lake Charles.

At the front of the Civic Center I was ready to unload supplies. They told me that the remaining wood pallot was the last pallot to leave here. I loaded my cases of warm water on the pallot. Then I loaded much non-perishable food to fill the last pallot of outbound supplies.

Houston after Harvey

The nice man told me that the back of the Civic Center had people in need of help. Old Blue took me around the building, but there was no pavement to get us to the people. Blue kicked in first gear and got me off-road to the people.

There was a small group of evacuatees there, mostly old Cajens in wheelchairs sweating like dogs. I started giving them my half frozen water and fruit jouce, and everybody got one. (After a drink, some hugged the cold bottles in their bosem.) Then I handed out fresh Kroger peaches, nectorines, and tangerenes. Everybody got one. Then I gave them the last of my junk survival food untill I ran out. The positive vibes were strong and rewarding; making this well worth my effort.

We rode to Wally World for something cold for me to drink and maybe back to the Civic Center.

uncle donnie loves us
Then feeling fery weak, I sat down and could not get back up. (Fixing to loose my survival test.) The nice WW employees helped me get up and back to Blue. Now we had to get out of the danger zone so not as to use the emergency services here. (Must leave Lake Charles.)

After a while we got to the small town of Kinder, LA. Maybe I should check Blue's oil level and tire pressure? We stoped at the General Store by the RR tracks. Yes a quart of oil and tire air was needed. The nice guy got me oil and we hade a good chat. He told me that uncle donnie made a quick photo opp at the Civic Center (with response and evacuatees), and a stop on Broad Street (with twenty dollar hookers). Then I used my DC air pump to fill up four of my six tires. I got to watch the RR lights turn on so the highway traffic had to drive around the gates.

Matress Mac

No time to dilly-dally, cuz I must return to Nacogdoches before dark. I put Blue into auto-pilot and we drove on to the North West. The LA driving was slow with few road signs, and a little off road with Blue.

It was great to pass the Sabine River and into Texas. The highway got better and Blue hummed 70 MPH in a 75 MPH zone. Nice to see that Jasper had AC power again. Things were much better as we crossed the Neches River #1. (There was two different crossings of the Neches River.) We passed the small town of Zavalla and did not stop for petro; then passed the mud of Dead Man Road.

We reached Lufkin and I could sense the sweet smell of Nacogdoches. Then we crossed the Angelena River into Nacogdoches County. We wanted to miss the gridlock of the South Nacogdoches Loop 224; so what the heck, we turned on to Press Road.

Matress Mac store shelter
(Old Press Road was deep gumbo mud.) Blue purred along in second, third, and some first gear as we enjoyed our ride on Press Road. At New Press Road we were clear of mud; and passed muddy Old Press Road.

Reaching Nac Loop 224, Drewery was still in active Harvey response mode. We finaly made it to home, sweet home.

We passed our survival test!

The Nacogdoches Civic Center is still a major Harvey shelter and relief supplies depot.

Half of the SFASU campus was evacuated cuz a contractor cut a large natural gas (methane with little ethane) pipe.

Commentary: God bless over a million people that gave their supplies and services to our Harvey brothers.

In 1970 I started to study the so called "Greenhouse Effect" on Mother Earth.

uncle donnie in Texas
Only a theory then, but is now a fact called Global Warming and Global Climate Change. All the 1970 predictions have come true. I like the climate of Mother Earth much better then the climate on Venus or Mars. It is much warmer inside my greenhouse then outside, especially in the warm months.

I may be an old man, so maybe my facts are not true...but I try to be accurate.

So what about Hurricane Irma? Maybe Global Climate Change is real? The Honorable Mayor of the great City of Tampa is telling us that "Hell has come to Tampa". I advise you Mr. Mayor to turn around and see what is going on just behind you. The water of Tampa Bay is flushing out to sea to feed Irma (then hundreds of miles South of you) .... then later the sea will come back in a big surge to visit you.

City Public Library
Buddy, you best get to high ground.

I am sad to say that ground zero was in Sint Maarten, Nederland Lesser Antilles. I pray for survival of the "Gingerbread House" AKA Guavaberry Emporium; Sint Maarten and Saint Martin.

All of the Caribbean Islands desperately need water, AC power, and petro. (How long can the loss of the AC grid until you get to Mad Max-The "Road Warrior"?)

Now our fearless leader is talking about tax reform (give all to the rich, then "trickle down" to the poor); and building our 1000 mile Southern "Wall", rather then money to the hurricane survivors. A week ago uncle donnie tweeted that he would shut down the USA Federal Government if congress does not fund the "Wall" that Mexico will pay for.

It was nice today that uncle donnie made an expensive trip (about $20 million USD) to Fort Meyers, Florida cuz he loves us.

library
Huummmm, maybe the money would be better spent for supplies for the survivors in the Southern Florida Keys that are in full survival mode. As of last night, all of the Southern keys had no water, food, AC power, cell service, and no land route Northbound and out.

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walterman9999 says:
Thanks Bill,
I had a good experience.
Posted on: Oct 02, 2017
Zagnut66 says:
Walter, I'm glad you made it through okay.
Posted on: Sep 16, 2017
walterman9999 says:
Thanks Ils, me 2
Getting ready for a month in Parts Unknown, Utah USA
Posted on: Sep 11, 2017
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before the storm
before the storm
before the storm
walterman
walterman
view from front porch
view from front porch
back porch, propane stove coffee
back porch, propane stove coffee
emergency generator locking shed
emergency generator locking shed
Houston after Harvey
Houston after Harvey
uncle donnie loves us
uncle donnie loves us
Matress Mac
Matress Mac
Matress Mac store shelter
Matress Mac store shelter
uncle donnie in Texas
uncle donnie in Texas
City Public Library
City Public Library
library
library
inside library
inside library
my yahoo
my yahoo
Harvey trac
Harvey trac
leaving library
leaving library
Dragons Car Wash
Dragons Car Wash
ready to decon
ready to decon
decon
decon
Drewery Park sign
Drewery Park sign
crazy #1
crazy #1
Crazy #2
Crazy #2
not good
not good
not good
not good
not good
not good
not good
not good
not good
not good
not good
not good
not good
not good
not good
not good
not good
not good
Hurricane Irma
Hurricane Irma
my small donation, plus Holland do…
my small donation, plus Holland d…
coming home
coming home
today, greenhouse
today, greenhouse
Crosby plastics plant explosion
Crosby plastics plant explosion
Crosby plastics plant explosion
Crosby plastics plant explosion
Crosby plastics plant explosion
Crosby plastics plant explosion
i think Nacogdoches
i think Nacogdoches
i think Nacogdoches
i think Nacogdoches
i think Nacogdoches
i think Nacogdoches
Houston
Houston
Houston
Houston
Houston
Houston
cruz loves us
cruz loves us
rickie parrie loves us
rickie parrie loves us
donnie loves us
donnie loves us
baby kim does not love us
baby kim does not love us
not good
not good
Katy
Katy
Houston
Houston
Houston
Houston
Brown Convention Center, Houston
Brown Convention Center, Houston
Houston
Houston
Houston
Houston
Houston
Houston
Houston
Houston
Houston
Houston
Houston
Houston
Houston
Houston
Houston
Houston
Houston
Houston
near Houston tornado
near Houston tornado
Crosby
Crosby
Crosby
Crosby
Lumberton
Lumberton
Lumberton
Lumberton
Beaumont
Beaumont
Beaumont
Beaumont
Beaumont
Beaumont
Beaumont
Beaumont
Port Arthur
Port Arthur
Louisiana (LA)
Louisiana (LA)
Jasper
Jasper
Jasper
Jasper
Jasper
Jasper
Jasper
Jasper
stock Oklahoma tornado
stock Oklahoma tornado
stock OK tornado
stock OK tornado
stock OK tornado
stock OK tornado
stock OK tornado
stock OK tornado
hurricane evacuation route
hurricane evacuation route
ten wheeler convoy
ten wheeler convoy
Harvey victims
Harvey victims
other convey
other convey
other convoy
other convoy
Neches River
Neches River
Neches River
Neches River
Jasper
Jasper
Jasper
Jasper
Jasper
Jasper
Jasper
Jasper
prison
prison
ghost building
ghost building
emergency camp
emergency camp
Lake Charles Civic Center (front)
Lake Charles Civic Center (front)
Civic Center (front)
Civic Center (front)
Civic Center (front)
Civic Center (front)
Civic Center (time to scoot)
Civic Center (time to scoot)
Civic Center (back)
Civic Center (back)
Civic Center (back)
Civic Center (back)
Civic Center (back)
Civic Center (back)
Civic Center (back)
Civic Center (back)
Civic Center (back)
Civic Center (back)
Civic Center (back)
Civic Center (back)
Civic Center (back)
Civic Center (back)
Civic Center (back)
Civic Center (back)
Civic Center (back)
Civic Center (back)
Wally World
Wally World
Wally World inside
Wally World inside
General Store, Kinder, LA
General Store, Kinder, LA
donnie at Civic Center
donnie at Civic Center
donnie at Broad Street
donnie at Broad Street
Newton Courthouse
Newton Courthouse
Neches River
Neches River
Neches River
Neches River
Neches River
Neches River
purring along at 70 MPH
purring along at 70 MPH
downtown Zavalla
downtown Zavalla
Dead Man Road
Dead Man Road
Dead Man Road (not today Blue)
Dead Man Road (not today Blue)
Hurricane Evacuation Route
Hurricane Evacuation Route
Lufkin
Lufkin
to Nacogdoches
to Nacogdoches
Press Road, why not?
Press Road, why not?
RR crossing #1
RR crossing #1
crossed RR
crossed RR
abandoned sawmill
abandoned sawmill
Christian Cemetery
Christian Cemetery
Thuja trees
Thuja trees
no trespassing road to Moore Cemet…
no trespassing road to Moore Ceme…
RR crossing #2
RR crossing #2
New Press Road
New Press Road
Old Press Road (not today Blue)
Old Press Road (not today Blue)
Drewery still sending Harvey suppl…
Drewery still sending Harvey supp…
Drewery still sending Harvey suppl…
Drewery still sending Harvey supp…
Nacogdoches Civic Center
Nacogdoches Civic Center
SFASU evacuation
SFASU evacuation
Home !!!
Home !!!
fake Greenhouse Effect
fake "Greenhouse Effect"
fake storm
fake storm
fake monster
fake monster
fake hurricane trio
fake hurricane trio
fake news
fake news
Global Warming is a hoax ??
Global Warming is a hoax ??
fake karma (Independence Day)
fake karma (Independence Day)
Hell comes to Tampa, FL
Hell comes to Tampa, FL
Hell comes to Tampa, FL
Hell comes to Tampa, FL
Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville where?
Jacksonville where?
Florida
Florida
Florida
Florida
Florida Keys
Florida Keys
Florida where?
Florida where?
Florida needs petro
Florida needs petro
Florida needs petro
Florida needs petro
rickie perrie has plenty of petro …
rickie perrie has plenty of petro…
prez jet
prez jet
photo opp Irma
photo opp Irma
photo opp Wall
photo opp "Wall"
small body count ?
small body count ?
very good job ?
very good job ?
good Don, they deserve credit
good Don, they deserve credit
tax reform & building big Southern…
tax reform & building big Souther…
tax reforms & building big Souther…
tax reforms & building big Southe…
no, you survived Sint Maarten
no, you survived Sint Maarten
no, you survived Sint Maarten
no, you survived Sint Maarten
Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
goodnight
goodnight
goodnight
goodnight
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