Late Tuesday night and early Wednesday, thunderstorms blanketed our coastal area. In fact, the power went out several times Wednesday morning here in Jamaica Beach, although only briefly.
I heard other areas of the island lost power during these storms. The good news is we needed the rain.
On Tuesday, I mentioned the two hurricanes that came ashore on the coast of Texas in October. For clarification, I was speaking of storms that developed in the Atlantic, Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico.
I received an email from Ron Ciaccio on Wednesday morning. He remembered his mother mentioning to him about a hurricane that affected Galveston in 1949. During that year, there were 16 tropical storms and seven hurricanes.
The hurricane that struck the Texas coast developed in the Pacific Ocean as a depression. It drifted northwestward, making landfall in Guatemala. It then crossed Mexico and entered the Gulf on Sept. 30. It quickly strengthened to a Category 2 before making landfall near Freeport on Oct 4.
Ciaccio’s mother, who was pregnant at the time, rode the hurricane out at St. Mary’s Hospital and gave birth to a baby boy Oct. 8. She named him Ron. What a story, and to add, his grandparents were survivors of the 1900 Storm.
In 2015, another Pacific hurricane, named Patricia, made its way across Mexico. Within 24 hours of being a named storm, it increased to a Category 5 with top winds of 215 mph. Once it emerged into the Gulf, with winds of tropical storm force, although not deemed a storm by the National Hurricane Center, it merged with a cold front.
This caused widespread flooding in the Houston area. Galveston saw tides 4 feet above normal accompanied by heavy rainfall. All this occurring on Oct. 24-25. I remember this storm and all the flooding on the West End of the island.
So, are we “out of the woods” yet for tropical systems? I keep praying we are, but only God knows. If the weather stabilizes a bit, I’m going to try to fish. I hope you find this reading informative.