This brings back vivid memories for me. It was September 16, 1988. Hurricane Gilbert was racing through the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico. It was a Category 5 hurricane with winds as high as 160 miles per hour. It had already ravaged Mexico ( more damage was to come.) Landfall was expected somewhere in between Brownsville and Corpus Christi. (sound familiar?) Photojournalist Sal Rios (A Bryan native) and I positioned ourselves in Corpus Christi. We were ready for anything! As it turned out, nothing. After a day and night of covering preparations, high tide and high winds, Gilbert turned west. Mexico was the target again. Gilbert would die out days later in the semi-arid mountainous regions of Mexico. Dumping dozens of inches of rain along the way. 318 people would die in Mexico. Billions of dollars in damage done. To this day Gilbert is in the record books as one of most destructive hurricanes to ever hit Mexico.
I was excited to cover the storm, then. Disappointed I wasn’t smack dab in the middle of it. Now, as I send off Jordan and Kristen with Task Force1, I am very excited for them! But, I hope they meet the same fate I did 20 years ago. Close enough to the action to have some good stories and great memories, but far enough to be out of harms way. Then and Now.