As much of Texas suffers through one of its worst droughts, many rain-starved Texans are doing something they thought they would never do — looking forward to the arrival of a tropical storm.
“Someone’s going to get it. We hope that it’s us,” is how Danielle Hale sums up the situation. She is the Emergency Management Director on Corpus Christi, right in the middle of the area where Tropical Storm Don is expected to come ashore on Friday night.
Parts of Texas are 15 inches short their average rainfall for this time of year. Don’s expected 5 to 7 inches of rain and the fact that the storm was not seen bringing damaging winds or a destructive surge, makes it a perfect storm for a state sick of water rationing, brown lawns and dying crops, Hale said.
“We’re not anticipating any evacuation orders,” Hale said. “The worst we expect is maybe some beach access roads may have to be closed heading into Friday evening.