Saturday, September 13, 2008

Hurricane Ike

Hurricane Ike has slammed through my area. We were able to evacuate safely to Oklahoma, but my family and some friends stayed to ride it out.

I was able to talk to my father and he said the storm is still tearing through. They have lost parts of their roof, both air conditioners have been taken away by winds, and his barns are destroyed.

They cannot leave their house but have been able to see across the field to our house. They know for sure that our fence is gone, but that is all they know. Our boat is probably gone too.

I have not been able to get through to any of my friends that stayed and I pray they are safe.

I am so grateful that my family is safe, but I am quite worried about our property. It is estimated that we will be without power for weeks and I do not know what we are going to do.

Obviously my shop, A Blond And A Torch, will have to be closed indefinitely.


Our roof is fine and no windows are busted out. We were blessed.

My dear friend has found someone who will rent us a very nice beachfront condo along the Alabama-Florida border for less than our current hotel. We will head out there on Monday and stay for a week. I do not know what we will do after that. We have to hope that FEMA will offer some assistance soon.

It may be a month before we have electricity at our home between Houston and Beaumont.


Jennifer said...

what a nasty storm. i haven't been able to reach my family in houston today. i'm hoping they're safe! i've had some ridiculous power outages this year in tulsa, i know how awful that can be. hopefully it won't be a whole month until it's back on!!

stay safe! (and dry!)

Elizabeth said...

I hope your parents don't find any more damage at your house, and that they can get their home repaired quickly. Meanwhile, stay safe (and cool!) until you can go home and get things repaired. Glad you are safe and I hope your friends are, too!

Rocki said...

Oh Jenn I got chills reading this! I'm glad that you are all safe, but sorry to hear about you not being able to return home yet. My thoughts are with you!

Take care!

Judy Evans said...

I hope things are better for you now. It's terrifying what mother nature can do. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.