Four days before Hurricane Harvey made landfall, I went to Rockport Beach to visit my Laughing Gull friends. When traveling towards the area where they’d usually hang out, I noticed something out of the ordinary. All of the birds that I was expecting to see were simply not there. There was a few other sea birds and waterfowl present, but the Laughing Gulls were no where to be found. Because of my initial scattered emotions, my gut took over to make some sense of it all. It was at that moment that I knew Hurricane Harvey was coming right for us. When my other half arrived home that evening, I was quick to tell her of my experience at the beach.
S: Yes my sweet.
D: I saw something today that told me that we will be evacuating for sure.
S: Why? Did you see an update on the news today?
D: Nothing really new on the news. However, when I went to the beach today, all of the birds were gone.
S: What do you mean all of the birds were gone?
D: Well, they were just like… gone. There were a few here and there, but that’s it.
S: Wow. That’s totally weird.
D: They must have left in a hurry because they were all there just two days ago.
S: Uh oh. That can’t be good.
D: Actually, it is good. It’s nature letting us know that Harvey is heading right for us.
S: But the forecasters don’t know which way it’s going to go yet. Do you really think it’ll hit us?
D: After what I witnessed today, I can say without a doubt that Harvey will be making landfall very close to us. Mark my words sweetheart.
S: Well, even if it is just a tropical storm, we’re not going to stay anyway. Right?
D: Right. I have a really bad feeling about all of this. I think it’d be better to get out of here sooner than later.
The gulls were absolutely right, just as I knew they were…
We left Rockport on August 24th around 2:30 PM. Getting out of there was somewhat of a nightmare. We wanted to leave earlier, but her employer required her to work right up to the day before Harvey would make landfall. The majority of the other local businesses were already closed and boarded up by the 23rd. Silkes’ manager kept insisting that everything was going to be fine and it was just going to be a lot of wind and rain. Nature told me otherwise 😉