Yeah, Dave you're right; South Padre is only 4 blocks wide.
Friday the fire department had not issued departures for RV's, though the 2 RV parks on the island emptied themselves. The gulf was roiling with huge brown surf and Friday night / Saturday morning the water breached the entire island but only a foot or so deep. Without the word "mandatory" anywhere, I couldn't get my mother to leave so we canceled our motel reservations on the mainland and watched the water come up.
One weird thing: there was an explosion of butterflies about 24 hours before the storm, so many, that it was hard to keep them out of your face or your car. Also can anyone explain why hurricanes and tropical storms don't lower the temperature? I'm used to rain cooling things off. Not so here, it's been in the high 90s.
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