Monday, September 15, 2008

Hurrican Ike

Aaron, Ella, and I just survived hurricane Ike. I think that it was the scariest thing that I have ever been through. We decided to stay because we thought that by the time the storm reached us it would be a tropical storm which I have witnessed on more that one occasion growing up in Houston. But little did we know that the storm was still a category 2 hurricane as it approached and passed directly over our house.
Our electricity went out around 2 in the morning and the wind was howling like crazy. I tried to get into bed and sleep but at about 4 am I heard a load groaning sound near our house. I literally jumped out of bed and grabbed Aaron and the baby and we headed to our only room in the house without any windows. We had put our candles in there with some other provisions like food so that we could survive that night. At about 7 ish the storm had calmed down enough that we could check the damage from our windows. In our back yard, our one lone tree had been completely up rooted and toppled over. Thankfully the bulk of the tree missed the house and just some side branches scraped the roof. But that was the load noise I had heard early in the morning. Some reports say that winds at that time had reach 112 mph.
We decided to head out to San Antonio to stay with Aaron's uncle Sheldon, since we did not want Ella to stay in an un-air conditioned house. Just getting there was an adventure. The roads were flooding and we didn't know if, at some points in the road, our car would float away with the rest of the debris. But we made it safe and sound. Now we are comfortably staying with Aaron's parents in Salt Lake City while we await our electricity being turned on. The reports say it could take up to 4 weeks to get it all up and running. Hopefully it does not take that long. But either way we will try to enjoy our spontaneous vacation.






5 comments:

skcoe said...

KRISTEN?! That is so scary...I'm glad to hear that everything is all right and that you made it out okay. I'm crossing my fingers for your cute newly painted house to be just fine...

Will we see you while you're here?

Brad, Tiffany, and Boys said...

I can't believe you guys stayed!!! I'm so glad you guys are ok. I have been worrying about you guys since I heard about it all. We would love to see you guys while you are here. I'm sure you have lots of people to see, but we are one of the more important right? Just Kidding. Anyway, I would love to meet Ella. Let us know if you guys have some time for dinner or something.

Wendy Lady said...

I can't even begin to imagine experiencing a storm like that. You are truly blessed to have just lost a tree.

It was so good seeing you at Autumn's shower. See? That's the silver lining that resulted from the hurricane ... you were able to come home for a visit.

Marisa Jean said...

Mental note...do not move to Texas and if I do...do not stay in my house during a hurricane. I'm glad you are okay and didn't float away in the flooded roads. Yikes! It was nice to see you at the shower though, so I'm not too mad you had to come back to Utah for a little while.

Justin & Erin Linton Family said...

WoW!! I cannot believe that, I am glad that you are all okay. I am also glad that I found your blog, Ella is a adorable!