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Fort Bend County, At Large
By Cheryl Skinner

This column expresses the personal opinions/views of the writer. If you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column, write a SIGNED letter to the editor. Name can be withheld by request with a valid day time phone number.

Hurricanes are not always predictable

Tropical Storm Edouard was in the process of trying to become a hurricane as we scurried to meet an early deadline in anticipation of this weather event.

Fort Bend County had already decided to shut down all offices, except for those deemed critical to operations, and Lamar Consolidated Independent School District sent out an e-mail saying all student activities for Tuesday were being cancelled.

We, here at the newspaper, were scurrying to meet an early deadline.

The usual hurricane rules were being broken by this quick forming little Gulf of Mexico storm. There was not the usual week of watching the Weather Channel in anticipation of landfall.

Here we are one day into the formation and the storm is intensifying and seems to be aimed at the Galveston area.

That could change tomorrow.

The point is to use this storm as a reminder that hurricane season is here and the Texas Gulf Coast is entering those August and September months which traditionally have spawned some real doozie storms in years past.

Now is the time to go back and look at the “preparation lists” and all those other boring rules to help you and your family through the threat of a hurricane or tropical storm.

I’ll just betcha that tonight the stores will be selling out of water, plywood will be in shorter supply and forget tuna and bread!

Welcome to life on the coast.

For those who have lived here for generations, this is old hat. For newcomers this is a learning experience and for all of us this most likely is the first of a lot more weather events in the forthcoming months.

Pay attention.


Contact skinnerc1@tconline.net, if you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column. Write a SIGNED letter to the editor with valid day time phone number--name can be withheld by request.

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