Skip to comments.Emergency declared in Louisiana
Posted on 09/20/2005 4:12:29 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher
GOVERNOR Kathleen Blanco declared a state of emergency in western Louisiana today and urged people to evacuate parts of the state due to the new threat of Hurricane Rita.
"I have put the state on alert. We've declared another emergency ... for southwest Louisiana," Ms Blanco said. "We're urging people to evacuate," she said as Rita barrelled near southernmost Florida, gaining strength and heading west on a track that could take it close to the devastated Louisiana city.
Emergency services have already begun evacuating residents of New Orleans, which is still a disaster area following Hurricane Katrina's August 29 hit, Mayor Ray Nagin said.
"We have had an influx of evacuees that have made their way to the convention centre. We've already evacuated two busloads of individuals," Mr Nagin said.
Officials were quick to emphasise that the convention centre would function only as a staging place for people to board buses, not as a shelter.
Tens of thousands languished without food, water and sanitation for days after fleeing to the facility during Katrina.
The National Hurricane Centre forecast a track that would have Rita making landfall in Texas over the weekend, but a "cone of probability" in the forecast indicates the storm might slam ashore anywhere between northeastern Mexico and the swamplands of southern Louisiana, west of New Orleans.
"We're watching Hurricane Rita very, very closely. If you've had a chance to see what has happened last night it was aiming at Galveston, Texas ... This morning it's a little more westerly. It can move in any direction based on the winds. And so that concerns us," Ms Blanco said.
A decision on mandatory evacuations will be made tomorrow as officials, who came under fire for their slow response to Katrina, monitor the new hurricane.
"If the storm becomes a threat, we will start to strictly enforce the evacuation process tomorrow," Mr Nagin said.
Katrina killed close to 1000 people in four states, including 676 in New Orleans, which was 80 per cent under water after the storm broke levees protecting the low-lying city.
Mr Nagin already suspended on Monday his controversial plan to allow some 180,000 residents to return to the city by the end of the month to check on their properties.
"I know there are lots of people ... anxious about coming home. And I know that some of you were prepared to come back to New Orleans. Just hold on for a little longer," he said.
Gov. Blanco....Bless her little heart.
This one is headed for Texas. If Louisiana gets anything it will be rain, not much wind.
Sure you don't need 24 hours to think about it first?
And Blanco was able to do this all by herself, even without calls from the POTUS and Director of National Hurricane Service.
Color me unimpressed.
Am I reading that right? Does she think that the wind is what pushes the hurricane in a given direction?
Prayers for our Texan friends, too.
Texas will get wet, which is something they apparently need this summer.
Perhaps General Honore helped speed up her thought process.
Did you learn from the first one - that was 'declared' for you?
You make me sick, you dumb beotch.
She's not doing this herself - she's not that bright.
Her strings are being pulled by the clinton nitwit that's advising her on how to manage the katrina cleanup while filling her pockets and blaming Bush.
"We have had an influx of evacuees that have made their way to the convention centre. We've already evacuated two busloads of individuals," Mr Nagin said."
He's figured out what to do with the buses!
I wouldn't bet on it! not with Nagin blasting the Admiral just today a few short hours ago....Sounds like they have seen the light! too much to expect of them to have a little common sense, but better that than ignoring safety again.
Those winds are caused by Halliburton, dontcha know?
Is true that Mayor Nagin is leaving NOLA to go home to dallas for the weekend to help unpack and get the family settled?
Even Governor Blanco is capable of learning };-)
I have no idea.
Y'all missed my sarcasm tag.
For those who don't live in hurricane alley, what does influence what way a hurricane moves? Gulf Stream? Heated waters? I know the latter can strengthen them.
Keep us informed, i_dont_chat. Thanks.
Is this an example of Louisiana public schooling or a private education? Does she ever even watch the weather channel? Weather news?
Don't be so sure, RW! Based on the predicted track a few posts before yours, western Louisiana will be impacted by Rita's right-front quadrant and that quadrant is generally recognized to have the most damaging conditions at land-fall. From the link:
This is because the winds have an additive effect - the hurricane's sustained on-shore winds plus the speed of motion of the hurricane. So, if a hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 100 mph is moving toward shore at 20 mph, the total wind speed at the coast could be about 120 mph in the right-front quadrant.
Because the onshore winds are strongest in the right-front quadrant, the surge and waves in that section of the cyclone are also the highest. "Depending on the tropical cyclone's speed of motion, wave action in a cyclone can be three times as high in the right-front quadrant than in the left-rear quadrant," says Lyons. "The right-front quadrant is definitely the damage quadrant at the coast."
N.O.LA got some after-the-fact flooding from Katrina but it was the Missippi Gulf coast that got obliterated by Katrina's right-front quadrant. If Rita's predicted path is towards the eastern side of the 'cone of probability', then Cajun country is in a whole lot of trouble.
I'm no weather geek, but I always thought that the direction of the hurricane's movement was caused by the barometric pressure of the area around it. For instance, a high pressure ridge will prevent the hurricane from moving in that particular direction. It more or less follows the path of least resistance. Someone more knowledgable could probably add to that, as it is probably more complicated. But hurricanes certainly aren't pushed around by wind like a tumbleweed.
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Wonder where they took them?
I'm in Mobile and every motel/hotel, travel trailer park and etc are crammed full.
It must be even worse west of here.
Not every day you get a second chance to do it right.
The region's flood control infrastructure is in a weakened condition. I think this is why the Mayor is showing concern. His levees and pumps might be overburdened by much less this time than what hit last time.
"We have had an influx of evacuees that have made their way to the convention centre. We've already evacuated two busloads of individuals," Mr Nagin said. "
Not every day you get a second chance to do it right.
blanko a day late, a dollar short, and WRONG again.
But wasn't Katrina headed directly for Lousianna, and it made a sharpe turn and hit Mississippi more direct. Couldn't Rita do the same thing which would then make a direct hit on Louisanna?
The earth's rotation also imparts a force (termed the Coriolis Force or Coriolis Effect). This force causes cyclonic systems to move toward the earth's poles in the absence of strong steering currents. Tropical cyclones in the Northern Hemisphere are deflected toward the north pole and cyclones in the Southern Hemisphere are deflected toward the South Pole, if no strong pressure systems are counteracting the Coriolis Force.
When a tropical cyclone moves into higher latitudes, its general track around a high-pressure area can be deflected toward a low-pressure area.
Temperature differentials, surface drag, trade winds and the jet stream all play a part in the path a hurricane takes.
Did anybody else catch Governor Jeb Bush on live this afternoon, just as the hurricane hit the worst in his state. He was telling people where to go, what to do, he explained all the preparations made and how long people could expect to sit before being rescued.
In other words, he exuded the confidence of someone who was in charge.
That was missing after Katrina in Loiusiana, from the local, state, and unfortunately the FEMA director.
It is more the local mayor and EOC director is competent. The plan works when it is used. We have evacuated before and we get our old people out of harms way on this side of the state.
Cameron Parish was wiped out during Hurricane Audrey back in 57 and one reason so many people died was because the NWS told them to get a good night's sleep and evacuate early in the morning. The thing is Audrey sped up during the night and made landfall 12 hours early trapping most of the population. Ever since that storm, the folks of Cameron and Calcasieu get out.
Yes she could and that is why this resident of Southwest Louisiana is making preparations to get the heck out of dodge. If the storm goes into east Texas we will get the bad side of the storm. I live 15 minutes from the border.
Ill be damned. I thought all those people calling her a moron were exaggerating.
No doubt another crafty salvo upon our nation's women and minorities courtesy of GWB and his gang of weather-targeting, racist thugs. Oh wait... Hurricanes don't kill people, fatal decisions kill people.
She cannot do it herself, she is "Stuck On Stupid"(tm) Either someone tape a nickel to her head, or a short sideways smack (those are arcane references to how to fix a needle that's stuck in the same groove on an album...ya know, vinyl? :) should jolt her back to whatever is normal for her!
you are overestimating the size of the strong "right front quadrant"...we are talking 25-50 miles or so.....not 300.
based on current official track just southwest of galveston...la will experience nearly nothing.
"Turning tricks in Cleveland?"
Does Texas need rain?