Comic 245 - Storm
28th Aug 2017, 1:00 PM

Storm
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Cap'n ChilPhil edit delete
Cap'n ChilPhil
Nature is a beast.

I mentioned it was hurricane season a few comics back. Hurricane Harvey hit Texas hard. Over the past three days, Harvey unloaded 9 trillion gallons of water upon Texas. The forecast predicts he'll be in Texas for three more days. Annually, Houston's average rainfall is 53.34 inches. The highest average rainfall in a month is 6.25 inches.

Over the past three days my specific area of Houston received 27+ inches of rain with more to come. At night, the floodwaters come up close to my front door, so I haven't slept much because I worry about water coming into my house. Fortunately, each morning the rain slows up allowing the street drains time to divert the water elsewhere. This storm did not hit directly like Ike a few years ago, which caused major wind damage and knocked out electricity for many people for weeks, but we were on the "dirty" side which gets most of the rain.

At this point, I think the worst part is over, Harvey is weakening. Several people I know are getting evacuation orders today, as flood waters have maxed out and flood control needs to release water or dams will fail. Many in Houston have lost their homes to floodwaters and more will do so once the water is released.

I have one comic next week as a buffer. After next week's comic, I'm taking a break to recover. If you pray, Houston would appreciate your prayers. Thanks.
User comments:
Bryfang edit delete reply
Bryfang
Nice comic, looking forward to the next, also stay safe Phil.
Cap'n ChilPhil edit delete reply
Cap'n ChilPhil
Thanks. I'm doing my best to stay dry.
dougwarner59 edit delete reply
dougwarner59
I guess, nothing is every as good as you think it will be.
Cap'n ChilPhil edit delete reply
Cap'n ChilPhil
Yes, I agree. And thunder can be very frightening.
jackbauer edit delete reply
jackbauer
I've discovered that the best time to watch a scary movie is during a storm. It makes the scares so much more intense! Praying for you and the rest of Houston!
Cap'n ChilPhil edit delete reply
Cap'n ChilPhil
I don't watch too many scary movies. I like to sleep at night :) Thanks for your prayers.
Miaubol edit delete reply
Miaubol
The pirate is no longer what he once was.. ;)


Oh dang I read about the hurricane in the news D:
Hope you're doing well.
Cap'n ChilPhil edit delete reply
Cap'n ChilPhil
I don't know if Pete ever liked storms.
A few minutes ago, the sun just came out after many days of hard rain. The storm is finally moving over to the east.
Miaubol edit delete reply
Miaubol
Yeah, Pete may probably hate them already, no fun being at sea when that happens.. and maybe they are the reason why he abandoned his pirate life on the ship and settled down on firm ground instead :P

That's great to hear :))
Skitter edit delete reply
Skitter
Take care, man. We can wait for comics. Take all the time you need.
Cap'n ChilPhil edit delete reply
Cap'n ChilPhil
Thanks for the nice thoughts.
Seabiscuit edit delete reply
Seabiscuit
Haha! I like standing out in stormy weather, too...

Aw gosh, you're down there, huh? Aw man, best of luck to ya!
Cap'n ChilPhil edit delete reply
Cap'n ChilPhil
I like standing in the very beginning, when the wind is swirling, but when it starts raining/lighting/thunder I am out of there.

Yes, thanks. The storm moved out of my area. Last night was the first one in awhile I was able to sleep soundly without worrying my house would get flooded. I have a lot of house and yard work to do to get things back to normal.
Nacjac edit delete reply
Looks like nature doesn't want to be one with Pete D:
Cap'n ChilPhil edit delete reply
Cap'n ChilPhil
Or perhaps it does, it's just that lightning and pirates don't go well together.