11:30 p.m. Friday Update

After a couple of flickers at 6:30, the electricity has stayed on in our neighborhood (though it has gone out in other areas of Houston). We’ve had consistent tropical storm force winds but no rain. I just stepped outside and it is just sprinkling a little. The weather forecasters on TV are telling everyone just…

Signing Off

Our power has flicked out twice in the past 20 minutes, and the DSL is even more finicky–and it’s only 6:30, with the storm just beginning to be felt on the shore. So I’m going to sign off. Reports when I return.

No Rain Yet … But Galveston Is Under Water

Local TV is showing that much of Galveston is under water even though no rain has yet fallen. No, it’s not the storm surge–that only comes when the hurricane hits. This is just from the swells ahead of the storm. Other footage shows that water is at the top of the seawall, designed by Army…

“The Irresponsible Media”

My near neighbor (OK, 20 miles away) Alan comments on the stupidity of commentators on CNN. This afternoon, I saw some goon on CNN exhorting all of the 5-6 million residents in the Houston metro area to evacuate. “If my family were in Houston, I’d get them out now!” he said, in a panicked tone.…