On the Road: Eight Hours in <s>Hell</s> Houston

Thanks to an unexpected weather event, the three hour drive from Houston to Austin took over eight. Floodwaters blocked I-10, forcing rush-hour traffic to divert through neighborhoods winding along one-lane roads. Later that night, an incident with a tractor trailer north of the city forced the road closed while they towed it clear.

We missed the brunt of the rains and all of the tornados. The hardest rains stopped soon after we hit the city. The radio kept saying we were in a brief lull before the rains returned--possibly harder than ever. I was afraid we'd be trapped in a low-laying area when it did. If the waters started rising, there would have been no choice but to abandon the car. Fortunately, that never happened.