July 24 was a scary one here in San Antonio. We knew the side effects of the hurricane Dolly were coming through our area, but anything can really prepare you for the amazing display of strength of the forces of Nature.
In the morning, clouds were running fast in the sky, and they were turning to an ominous dark color. The TV local channels were focused in the storms that will be hitting San Antonio along the day, and we were preparing our house for the coming weather events. We secure all the movable objects in the yard, plants, umbrellas, chairs. We put the pets inside the house, and made sure the windows and doors were well shut. Previously, we shopped for water, batteries, flashlights and enough non perishable food to feed an army.
Around 10 am, the news talked about a possible tornado hitting the south are of downtown San Antonio. The pictures in the report showed a Whataburger fallen roof, and some serious damage in several houses. In the mean time, the rain started to fall as a curtain of heavy water. Reports of flash floods and strong winds were filling the local news.
The National Weather Service had declared early in the morning a tornado watch in all South Central Texas, meaning that tornadoes could be landing in the area in the next hours. The wind was hitting hard, the trees were shaking strongly, and the sky was darkened by clouds running faster and faster.
We live in the Northeast side of San Antonio, and the news informed that Bush declared our county, Bexar, a disastrous area.
The roads were not very problematic for the situation, some small accidents and the rain made traffic a little slower, but around afternoon a construction accident closed the I-35 in Randolph. The problem was fixed soon and the road was open promptly.
At that time, we were in a tornado warning. This means that the tornado danger was real, and some tornadoes actually touched the floor in the area. It was hard to say if they really were tornadoes or strong winds, but there were several reports of damage in houses and business. Dolly was dying close to our home, and she was been fussy about it.
The tornado warning was in effect in and out along the evening, and I must say that I consider that the National Weather Service did a good job keep the population informed through the day, posting warnings in the TV.
Yesterday the light was stolen by the night pretty early, and around 8 pm the sky was almost completely dark. We still could see the clouds running, but the wind was calmer, and the rain was no so heavy. The storm was leaving our town, but the tornado danger was still in effect.
This morning the sun is timidly trying to shine, although the clouds are not completely gone yet. The town wake with a lot of damage to clean up, but this time, San Antonio doesn’t have personal injuries to mourn due the hurricane. Our property was not damage at all, we were very lucky, but other people in San Antonio will have a lot of debris to clean, houses to fix and business to reface.