The wind pounds my car windshield as a drive through Houston covering the storm. I look for flooding, maybe signs blown down by the wind, any evidence at all of a severe tropical storm. But there isn't any.
I spot Willie Chevallie. A a postman delivering the mail. With no umbrella, he tucks the mail close to his body as he dashes from one house to another and back to his truck.
"I'm fifty-fifty. I'm half dry and half soaked."
Bill Stamps: What about the mail?
"Well I protect it as much asÎ¾I can."
Back in the car I go.Î¾ On the radio if it's not stations talking about the storm...it's talk show hosts mocking other station's coverage of it.Î¾
The streets of Houston are practically deserted as it appears most people headed the warnings and stayed home. Most businesses closed their doors. Not all, but most. And not Pizza Hut where the phone kept ringing all morning.
Manager Reggie Thomas tells me with most people staying off the streets business is booming.
"More than normal. More than normal."Î¾
So, there's no flooding, no trees blown down...just a lot of rain. It makes you wonder if people will continue to listen when emergency officials spread the word about potentially dangerous storms on the horizon.
Harris County's Dinah Martinez says they'll continue to warm the public because you never know which one will be the next Katrina.
"There's always the danger that people will become complacent. But the fact is that no one can predict what the weather is going to do."
And even though some are calling Tropical Storm Edouard a tropical dud, Martinez says no one really wants a Katrina-type storm anyways.
Bill Stamps. KUHF...Houston Public Radio News.