From June 1 to November 30 is the Atlantic Hurricane Season. Living on a boat during this time can be slightly unnerving.
Being new to Texas we’ve never experienced a hurricane. Instead our experience during this time is stifling hot and humid weather. Something you’d expect in the Gulf Coast.
But this summer was the exception. We experienced our first hurricane, Hurricane Harvey.
At first we were debating if we should evacuate or stay on the boat. The weather report was showing the eye of the storm was going to hit Rockport, TX, over 200 miles from our location. They didn’t predict strong winds in our area, just a lot of rain and flooding.
We were confident we could handle flooding. Our boat would rise above it and we had enough food and water on board to last a few weeks.
Friday night, August 25th, the water started to rise. Below is a picture of the fixed pier leading to our floating dock.
By Saturday morning, the pier was a few inches under water.
And as Harvey kept up the deluge of rain, the pier was well under. By this time the parking lot and transformer on shore were submerged. Fortunately we had moved our cars to higher ground and the transformer didn’t short out and kept electricity flowing to our dock.
We were lucky with our first hurricane. No damage to our boat or to us. But we have friends and friends of friends that lost their homes, possessions and vehicles from the flooding. Some small businesses haven’t reopened since they can’t afford to rebuild.
Huffington Post reported there were 17 named tropical cyclones with 10 forming into hurricanes & 6 major hurricanes. Below are three we’re familiar with…
Harvey – Hit the Texas Gulf coast as category 4 storm (The categories only go up to 5). In two days parts of Texas got 50″ or 4 feet, 2 inches of rain.
Irma – (2 weeks later) Category 6 Hits Caribbean & Florida had maintained 85 miles per hour wind for 37 straight hours
Maria – Shortly after, Maria devastated Puerto Rico with a death toll of 85 and after 2 months, the 1/2 the island is still without power.
Now that it’s December, we can have some time to cool off and be glad we’re in the holiday season.
Fair Winds from Kelly, the First Mate