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Hurricane Rita Live Thread
NHC - NOAA ^ | 20 September 2005 | NHC - NOAA

Posted on 09/20/2005 6:16:38 AM PDT by NautiNurse

Hurricane Rita is in the Florida Straits, impacting the Florida Keys and South Florida Peninsula. Hurricane watches and warnings are in effect for numerous portions of South Florida. Check local weather statements for updates.

The following links are self-updating:

Public Advisory Currently published every 3 hours 5A, 8A, 11A, 2P, etc. ET
NHC Discussion Published every six hours 6A, 11A, 6P, 11P
Three Day Forecast Track
Five Day Forecast Track

Rita Forecast Track Archive
Forecast Models
Buoy Data SE Florida
Current Weather Warnings and Watches for Florida

Images:

Storm Floater IR Loop
Visible Storm Floater Still (only visible during daylight hours)
Color Enhanced Atlantic Loop
Florida Radar/Sat Loop Caution: Broadband users only
Extra Large Miami Radar Broadband only
Extra Large Key West Radar Broadband only
Miami Long Range Radar Loop
Key West Long Range Radar Loop
Miami Experimental Radar Still Image
Key West Experimental Radar Still Image

Streaming Video: (coverage may be intermittent)

WTVJ-TV/DT Miami (NBC6)
WFOR-TV/DT Miami (CBS 4)
WSVN-TV/DT Miami (Fox)

Other Resources:

Florida East Coast Surf Reports Lots of great info here, including surf cams
Central Florida Hurricane Center
Hurricane City

Category Wind Speed Barometric Pressure Storm Surge Damage Potential
Tropical
Depression
< 39 mph
< 34 kts
    Minimal
Tropical
Storm
39 - 73 mph
34 - 63 kts
    Minimal
Hurricane 1
(Weak)
74 - 95 mph
64 - 82 kts
28.94" or more
980.02 mb or more
4.0' - 5.0'
1.2 m - 1.5 m
Minimal damage to vegetation
Hurricane 2
(Moderate)
96 - 110 mph
83 - 95 kts
28.50" - 28.93"
965.12 mb - 979.68 mb
6.0' - 8.0'
1.8 m - 2.4 m
Moderate damage to houses
Hurricane 3
(Strong)
111 - 130 mph
96 - 112 kts
27.91" - 28.49"
945.14 mb - 964.78 mb
9.0' - 12.0'
2.7 m - 3.7 m
Extensive damage to small buildings
Hurricane 4
(Very strong)
131 - 155 mph
113 - 135 kts
27.17" - 27.90"
920.08 mb - 944.80 mb
13.0' - 18.0'
3.9 m - 5.5 m
Extreme structural damage
Hurricane 5
(Devastating)
Greater than 155 mph
Greater than 135 kts
Less than 27.17"
Less than 920.08 mb
Greater than 18.0'
Greater than 5.5m
Catastrophic building failures possible

Previous Threads:
Tropical Storm Rita
Tropical Depression 18


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Alabama; US: Florida; US: Louisiana; US: Mississippi; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: hurricane; rita; tropical
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To: lonestar

I'm out here in Limestone County; not too near the coast, but Rita appears to be making a inland beeline for mah dubblewide - oops, I mean my luxury modular home...


2,221 posted on 09/20/2005 11:21:43 PM PDT by dandelion (Location: A Stone's Throw Due East of Waco, (Deliberately Vague Because My Husband Is Paranoid))
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To: Howlin

Hi howlin... Are you in Houston? - Do you plan to evac?


2,222 posted on 09/20/2005 11:22:55 PM PDT by stlnative
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To: onyx

Hey!!,... what'dya doin' up??


2,223 posted on 09/20/2005 11:23:29 PM PDT by Dad yer funny
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To: Gabz

Boiling tiger prawns or the southern equivalent.


2,224 posted on 09/20/2005 11:23:41 PM PDT by oceanperch (If I am here it means I over did it on the hill hike today and my feet are to sore to stand)
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To: DrewsMum

That simulation is here: http://www.chron.com/content/chronicle/special/05/hurricane/index.html

Click on "Storm Surge" and then click "next" about 5 times.


2,225 posted on 09/20/2005 11:25:04 PM PDT by hobson (Houston - NW Loop)
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To: shield

Beer in hair is alcohol abuse :)

I rarely drink any alcohol other than beer, and do use it often when cooking. I actually had to send hubby to a liquor store a month or so ago to get vodka so I could make a particular recipe - I told him to buy a half-pint, he bought a fifth...unless Ifind more recipes calling for vodka as an ingredient, or we have company that drinks it, I expect that bottle will still be sitting under the bar 2 years from now.


2,226 posted on 09/20/2005 11:25:14 PM PDT by Gabz ((Chincoteague, VA) Tryin' to Reason with Hurricane season)
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To: stlnative

Nope, I'm in North Carolina.......want company? :-)


2,227 posted on 09/20/2005 11:25:34 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: hobson

Thanks.


2,228 posted on 09/20/2005 11:25:50 PM PDT by oceanperch (If I am here it means I over did it on the hill hike today and my feet are to sore to stand)
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To: DrewsMum

I was going to try to ride this out at a friends house in Deer Park, but this one could be bad and parts of Deer Park floods, so I am going to Dallas to stay with family. Just about all of the old part of La Porte would be flooded.


2,229 posted on 09/20/2005 11:26:28 PM PDT by Turtleman
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To: oceanperch

Termite...I talked to Nana today. Yeppers, other than some rain that she's hoping they get...they'll be fine.


2,230 posted on 09/20/2005 11:26:31 PM PDT by Bradís Gramma (Lord, we need a Logan miracle for Simcha7 and Cowboy. Please.)
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To: Howlin
You don't suppose she'll burn herself out, do you?

Wouldn't that be wonderful?

alas, I don't think it will happen this time. Pray I'm wrong.

2,231 posted on 09/20/2005 11:26:41 PM PDT by Gabz ((Chincoteague, VA) Tryin' to Reason with Hurricane season)
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To: El Gato
That's happened about 8 hours ahead of when the last forecast said it would. IOW, she's strengthening faster than they thought just a few hours ago.

Her growth has been astonishing. All through last night, her winds held at 70 mph. It was as if she was resisting becoming a hurricane. Then this morning, it was as if somebody flipped a switch. Thank God for me and folks in Southern Florida that she held back as long as she did, though. It's been bad enough in the lower Keys as it is.

Are our friends in Germany preparing to gloat that this one should also be a lesson to us?

2,232 posted on 09/20/2005 11:26:48 PM PDT by laz (They can bus 'em to the polls, but they can't bus 'em out of the path of a Cat 5 hurricane.)
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To: shield

Sounds like a plan. Good luck to you! Anyone in the Houston area should check out evacuation zones:
http://www.click2weather.com/hurricanes/4589609/detail.html

You and I seem are out of the suggested zones, even for Cat 4-5, but after Katrina, it's a good idea to keep an eye on the latest info.


2,233 posted on 09/20/2005 11:28:30 PM PDT by Tex_GOP_Cruz (Go away, Hurricane Rita!)
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To: ex-Texan

Let hope you are horrible at hurricane predictions.


2,234 posted on 09/20/2005 11:28:34 PM PDT by oceanperch (If I am here it means I over did it on the hill hike today and my feet are to sore to stand)
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To: ex-Texan
As soon as troops, assistance, Red Cross, FEMA et al began trudging into NOLA I had a premonition - almost a vision - that'd she'd be hit again very soon.

OTOH, better to hit what's already broken.. like the 'rinse' phase.... than to tear up something new.

2,235 posted on 09/20/2005 11:28:58 PM PDT by txhurl
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To: oceanperch
Is the Lil Texas Termite safe where ever he lives in Texas?

Since I don't know exactly where he lives, I can't say. I thought it was the Houston area. Ask him, or more properly his Nana, but she can be reached at his FReep mail.

If his area is in any hazard, expect Eaker, Humblegunner, Flyer, et. al. to get his folks and his Nana out of there.

If they can't then expect TC to come flying back from his sick bed in California, in a rented dualy, to pull them out. :)

I'm even a little concerned for Miss Victoria (my granddaughter, although oceanperch knows that) who lives in Austin. The 11 PM EDT forecast showed Rita still a tropical storm as it will pass near or over Austin. Now it's stronger than it was then. More concerned for her Aunt B and Uncle M though, the live in a sort of low area and in a not so sturdy looking duplex.

2,236 posted on 09/20/2005 11:29:08 PM PDT by El Gato
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To: hobson; deport; Dog Gone; Flyer; sinkspur

Yikes!

See 2225.


2,237 posted on 09/20/2005 11:29:46 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: shield

I make smoked drunk chicken using beer. It's excellent.

You make me nervous with your prediction of Rita hitting further south than expected. We are watching closely with wood ready to put back on the windows. We just took most of the wood off the windows last week from Emily. It's like we issued an invitation to Rita when we took them off. I hope she turns us down!


2,238 posted on 09/20/2005 11:29:53 PM PDT by RGVTx (Harlingen, TX 26.1-97.6)
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To: Gabz

I thought people kept Vodka in the freezer?


2,239 posted on 09/20/2005 11:30:21 PM PDT by oceanperch (If I am here it means I over did it on the hill hike today and my feet are to sore to stand)
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To: oceanperch

BBQ sauce, chili, stew, stroganoff, etc., etc. - I put it in practically everything - especially when I'm out of wine :)


2,240 posted on 09/20/2005 11:30:26 PM PDT by Gabz ((Chincoteague, VA) Tryin' to Reason with Hurricane season)
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