I spent most of this week in Austin, Texas, where my house was on fire, the city had been evacuated, and people were still fleeing floodwaters from the Brazos River.
As I was driving down a winding road, I stopped to photograph the cityscape, which was largely obscured by a thick layer of fog.
I got a little lost.
The city has been experiencing some of the worst flooding in years.
Austin is now a ghost town.
I thought it would be nice to have a look at what Austin was really like before the city started to get flooded.
Austin was one of the few cities I knew of that was still relatively intact after the 1989 storm.
When I moved to Austin in 1996, I had never seen anything like it.
My family had just moved into the city, and it was just starting to get up to speed.
Austin had never experienced a major hurricane.
I didn, however, remember the devastation it caused when it hit.
I had moved to the city from the Midwest in 1989 and, at the time, the National Weather Service had just released a list of the most dangerous places to live in the United States.
The Texas city of Austin had just suffered a catastrophic hurricane.
In the fall of 1989, a powerful hurricane named Tropical Storm Allison struck Texas, destroying the entire Gulf Coast.
Allison had been a Category 5 storm, the strongest hurricane to ever hit Texas, making it one of only five places in the world where it made landfall in the Gulf of Mexico.
The storm was the worst storm in the state’s history, with winds of 150 miles per hour.
Allison left a path of destruction that was roughly four miles wide and 30 miles long, according to the National Hurricane Center.
Allison made landfall as a Category 3 storm.
At landfall, Allison dumped up to 14 inches of rain on the Gulf Coast and nearly 6 inches on the Texas coast, killing over a thousand people.
The damage left a permanent mark on the area.
Allison destroyed the entire town of El Paso, the nation’s second-largest city, which had been home to many wealthy Texans.
El Paso had just become a magnet for thousands of tourists heading to the beach.
The town was a few miles from the border, and as the winds whipped in, they had to contend with a high number of people trying to cross the border.
When Allison hit, it dumped up more than two feet of rain in two hours, with some of it coming from the Gulf and the Pacific Ocean.
By the time Allison finished its damage to El Paso and other major cities in Texas, the damage had left more than $250 billion in damage.
The most devastating part of the storm was not the flooding, but the wind.
Allison dumped over 4 inches of snow and ice on the Houston area and parts of Texas.
At the same time, heavy rains also fell across the country.
A heavy storm surge swept across the Midwest, bringing the surge to record heights in Chicago and flooding downtown streets.
This flood caused massive property damage and left a record number of flooded homes in Illinois and Iowa.
Heavy rains continued throughout the day as Allison moved east across the Gulf.
By early morning, Allison had knocked out power to thousands of people, leaving many in Texas without electricity.
Even after Allison was out of Texas, a record rainfall event was occurring across the state.
A strong low pressure system was forming in the Midwest.
Allison’s winds continued to whip across the Southeast, bringing heavy rain and flooding.
As the day progressed, Allison continued to dump heavy rain on parts of the Texas coastline.
At one point, Allison was so heavy that it blocked the river that supplies into the state for flood-prone areas.
The heaviest rain came on October 23, 1989, when Allison dumped about 12 inches of water in a day in Austin.
The flooding was so severe that Austin’s fire department and other local departments had to go on a mandatory evacuation.
The next day, the storm moved further north, hitting New Orleans and the Louisiana coast.
A Category 5 hurricane slammed into Texas on October 26, 1989.
This hurricane left at least 14,000 people dead, caused an estimated $30 billion in damages, and brought the region’s population to almost a quarter of a million.
By November 7, 1989 a third of Texas had experienced severe flooding.
By that time, Texas had been battered by a hurricane and a tropical storm.
In an effort to deal with the disaster, the state passed the “Irma Emergency Management Plan” in the summer of 1989.
The plan authorized Texas to issue a $1 billion relief loan to the federal government.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) also stepped up to assist with the emergency relief efforts.
But by the fall, the emergency was starting to take its toll.
In November, Hurricane Allison struck the Gulf coast, with heavy rain.
It was the second-worst hurricane to hit the Texas Coast since the hurricane hit in 1989.
In early December, Allison hit Houston.
The hurricane had