Back from the farm this afternoon, came back early and yes the "40%" got us, ha, but there was also some drama that I'll share tomorrow with an update. Let's just say the day, sadly, didn't turn out as expected. Bees are fine, house is fine, this is animal drama that unfortunately I had to witness and then deal with the aftermath.
Speaking of weather, we just got this email alert that the city of Houston sends out to residents (who have signed up to receive them). This will give you some idea of what we're expecting this weekend and why we didn't stay at the farm.
Note the rainfall totals in the third paragraph down...
The National Weather Service (NWS) and Harris County Flood Control District (HCFCD) are saying that the potential for major Flash Flooding exists throughout the Houston area this weekend and into Memorial Day (Monday).
The City of Houston is under a Flash Flood Watch. This means the conditions exist for thunderstorms to produce heavy rain very quickly, resulting in quickly-developing flooding in streets and waterways.
Heavy rain could start as soon as Saturday evening, with rainfall totals expected 2-5 inches in most areas Saturday evening, with the potential of 8-11 inches total Sunday and Monday. Because the ground is already saturated, and rivers are running high due to recent rains, this will cause flooding in some areas.
Residents should take steps to limit their risk by making sure that they avoid streams, bayous, ditches, creeks and low-lying areas including roadways while this threat continues.
In addition, pay attention to local media, AlertHouston or official Emergency Social Media Channels for information. If you have a weather radio, switch it now to "Alert" mode. It only take a couple of inches of moving water to sweep away a vehicle. Remember to Turn Around, Don't Drown®.
8 to 11 inches? Are you kidding me? Sigh.
Side note, we use our smart phones and television so much that we hadn't really thought about it, be we don't even HAVE a weather radio!
I think that will have to be a purchase we make soon.
We'll have to see what happens...fingers crossed!