Houston, T.X. - Millions of people are in the path of Tropical Storm Harvey, most of them in Texas. That includes a South Dakota native, and recent University of South Dakota graduate, who just moved to Houston a couple weeks ago. Rescue officials for Tropical Storm Harvey fear heavy rain could continue for days, causing major flooding. Houston, the new home of Scotland South Dakota native Kennidy Asche, is one of the many places affected by the storm.
Tropical storm Harvey graphic by MGN.
“It can be scary. It’s already scary all the people. You have to be very aware of your surroundings,” South Dakota native, Kennidy Asche said.
The last thing Ashe expected when she moved to a new town was instantly getting hit by a natural disaster.
“It’s something you’re just not used to coming where we come from,” Asche said.
Now, less than two weeks after her move, the South Dakotan is learning how to make it through a tropical storm.
“What’s weird for me is you’re not just prepping for the day you’re also preparing for the three or four days after because that’s just as big of a deal if not more so,” Asche said.
While she has been through tornado scares in the Midwest, this is the first time she has ever been right in the heart of a major national disaster.
“It’s kind of like prepping for a tornado in the fact that you do need to be prepared in case the electricity goes out and what not. Water, bread, and gas are the first things to go. When the official warning came out those were the first things to fly off the shelves. I tried to go to Walmart. Literally out of bread. I’ve never seen that before in my life,” Asche said.
Like the rest of the area, she's been busy making sure she's ready to ride out Tropical Storm Harvey.
“We’re lucky we live in an apartment that has two bathrooms so we filled one of the tubs full with water. So that’s just kind of a spare supply in addition to the drinking water that we already have,” Asche said.
She’s also received many calls from her family and friends back in South Dakota.
“Me being here it does concern a lot of people. But, as long as I get back them, tell them, show them if I can through video or pictures that I’m alright I think it will be ok,” Asche said.
From here on out, she said it’s just a waiting game.
“We feel like we've done the best that we can. We can only hope for the best at this point. It’s very catastrophic what’s going on,” Asche said.
Kennidy said while this is a very intense situation the most important thing you can do is remain calm and prepare the best you can by stockpiling water, food, candles, or flashlights. Tropical storm Harvey made its way into Houston early this afternoon. The area could receive much more rain over the next three days.