With thousands affected by tropical storm Harvey, some former Torontonians have found themselves right in its crosshairs.
As it unleashed heavy rain on her home in League City, Texas, Jodi Walsh says she couldn’t sleep Saturday night.
“The water was coming up fast so nobody could go to sleep,” the 70-year-old painter told CBC Radio’s Metro Morning. “You were basically up all night just watching to see what was going to happen.”
She says the rain fell so hard near her home, which is approximately 40 kilometres southeast of Houston, that in the time it took to go to the back of the house to get a flashlight, the floodwaters moved from halfway up her driveway to the garage door.
“Things can happen in an instant. There’s no time,” she said. “Everything is just happening rapidly.”
Walsh says the bands of rain — bursts of precipitation and wind — can cause weather conditions to change dramatically. Robert Tomicic says Harvey has been different from other large storms in Texas over the years. (CBC News)
“Right now it’s extremely calm. A band will come through, you’d look out the window and you can’t see a thing. It’s the downpour. It’s that strong.”
The storm hit land as a Category 4 hurricane Friday evening but has been lingering and continuing to cause trouble for much of Texas.
So far, Harvey has claimed two lives, and it is expected to continue to bring significant amounts of rain to the region.
While she has seen her neighbourhood…