We were a long way away from the storm when the water ran out. That sounds like fiction but it wasn’t.  On Tuesday, August 30, 2017, there was an unexpected run on water at the local grocery stores. Shelves were empty. Not a storm in sight.

Photo Credit: Jeremy Bishop, courtesy of Upsplash

But after Harvey (six days after, to put a bookmark on things), all it took was the news that a storm had formed out in the Atlantic. It was only a Tropical Storm, but it was a system born in the water off the coast of Cape Verde. As if beyond this map lay monsters.

And they do. But this time of year, they escape. And they come seeking water. Ravenous beasts.

This morning, there was plenty of water at the grocery store. The local Publix had a police escort to rush the water back up here to the shelves. I bought two gallons for 59 cents each, even though we have plenty of tap water.

There was something comforting about the idea of water contained. Safe in the closet. For now.

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