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Old 24 August 2017, 02:04 PM
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Tropical Storm Harvey regained strength as it drifted in the Gulf of Mexico toward Texas early Thursday and forecasters said those in its path must start preparing for the storm to potentially become a hurricane before it even makes landfall.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/weather...-texas-n795481

I've always been out of town when major storms hit Houston in the past, so I've never actually experienced a hurricane before. I've got my bottled water, canned food, flashlights with fresh batteries, battery-powered radio, and portable cell phone charger, so I think I'm ready? I'm still very anxious, though.

I wish tropical storms/hurricanes were polite enough to let us know exactly when they're going to hit. I'm a pet sitter, so I drive around town all day. My biggest fear right now is that the storm will hit in the afternoon while I'm out and about. I don't think that's too likely, because most forecasts are saying it will hit early morning/late at night, but of course every website has a different prediction.

Any advice from those of you who have experienced hurricanes/tropical storms/whatever this turns out to be?
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Old 24 August 2017, 02:26 PM
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Not that I have experience, but I've always wondered about the canned food thing--do you have any way to heat it up if the electricity is out?

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Old 24 August 2017, 02:47 PM
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Not that I have experience, but I've always wondered about the canned food thing--do you have any way to heat it up if the electricity is out?

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A BBQ grill will heat up canned foods in a pinch. Not very efficient but it works.

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Old 24 August 2017, 02:50 PM
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I figure that most people would end up just eating the food cold.
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Old 24 August 2017, 02:57 PM
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Quite a lot of canned food can be eaten without heating it first; and staying warm may not be much of an issue in Texas in August, though I suppose that might depend on altitude.

Sterno stoves are cheap, and reasonably safe for indoor use. I don't think most grills are designed to be used indoors.

I suspect the timing will get more precise in the forecasts as the storm gets closer; though I still would avoid cutting it too close, as absolute precision's unlikely to be possible until it's too late.

Can you provide extra food and water for those you're petsitting, in case you can't get there for a couple of days? And I would discuss the situation with their humans, if you haven't done so already.
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Old 24 August 2017, 02:58 PM
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I have normally used a camping stove to heat food after a major storm has knocked out power.

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Old 24 August 2017, 03:46 PM
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I was planning to eat the food cold if necessary. I wonder if it's too late to stop by Target and get a Sterno stove or something. I went to a grocery store last night and it was a pre-storm madhouse.

My boss has emailed all of our clients advising them to make backup plans in case we can't get to their pets this weekend. Luckily most of our clients are not out of town; they just want someone to walk their dogs while they're at work. Some may cancel and stay home tomorrow.
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Old 24 August 2017, 05:50 PM
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There's always a hobo stove if you can't find a Sterno one. Note that a hobo stove should be used outdoors if you'll be burning wood or similar.
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Old 24 August 2017, 05:53 PM
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Stating the obvious here but don't forget if you don't have electricity and are relying on cans for food to have a regular can opener handy. A good friend of mine had to pry open cans with, if memory serves, a paring knife and a hammer, one time when the power failed. Lesson learned!
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Old 24 August 2017, 09:54 PM
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Check the FEMA web sites for recommended supplies.

https://www.ready.gov/build-a-kit
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Old 24 August 2017, 10:26 PM
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Not that I have experience, but I've always wondered about the canned food thing--do you have any way to heat it up if the electricity is out?

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This may not exactly be recommended, but I have used the natural gas stove in my kitchen when the power was out by lighting it the old fashioned way. But that of course assumes you have gas appliances already.
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Old 25 August 2017, 11:45 AM
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I'm feeling a little better since a friend introduced me to Space City Weather, which gives detailed forecasts without any fear-mongering. Also even they're saying this will probably be a really bad storm.

The two tales of Harvey - first winds, then lots of rain

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The timing and amounts of heavy rain in Houston are not precise. But be prepared for flooding, and tropical deluges from Sunday through Wednesday. Many roads will become impassable. Homes will be flooded. It will be pretty miserable for a lot of people.
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Old 25 August 2017, 12:27 PM
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Veruca, and everyone else in that area, please stay safe. I really hope this won't be as bad as predicted; but prepare as if it will. It looks as if this storm may hang around in more or less one place for several days.

-- is it too late to get out of town entirely? Veruca, are you on high ground?
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Old 25 August 2017, 01:08 PM
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My apartment is on the second floor, so I should be okay.
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Old 25 August 2017, 01:28 PM
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Second floor on relatively high ground, or second floor in a low spot?
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Old 25 August 2017, 01:30 PM
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Relatively high ground.
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Old 25 August 2017, 03:56 PM
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Ah. That's encouraging.
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Old 25 August 2017, 04:19 PM
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I'm done with work for the day, so there's nothing left to do but hang around my apartment and see what happens. I get nervous during regular thunderstorms, so I'm trying not to panic now.
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Old 25 August 2017, 06:35 PM
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Yikes! All you Texan Snopesters take care of yourselves!
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Old 25 August 2017, 06:38 PM
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Our flight back east is scheduled to arrive Houston at noon Saturday.

No idea yet if our 5AM departure from Seattle will be running or what.

Guess we will call United later today and see what they tell us.
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