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Emergency declared in Louisiana
Herald Sun ^ | 21 September 2005

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.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Louisiana
KEYWORDS: hurricane; louisiana; naginshardhead; rita; toolittletoolate
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Prayers for folk in Louisiana and Florida.
1 posted on 09/20/2005 4:12:32 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher
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To: Aussie Dasher

2 posted on 09/20/2005 4:13:54 PM PDT by msnimje (Cogito Ergo Sum Republican)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Gov. Blanco....Bless her little heart.


3 posted on 09/20/2005 4:14:30 PM PDT by toomanygrasshoppers ("In technical terminology, he's a loon")
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To: Aussie Dasher

This one is headed for Texas. If Louisiana gets anything it will be rain, not much wind.


4 posted on 09/20/2005 4:14:49 PM PDT by RightWhale (We in heep dip trubble)
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To: Aussie Dasher
"Kathleen Blanco declared a state of emergency"

About three weeks late and a few billion dollars short.
5 posted on 09/20/2005 4:15:14 PM PDT by jdm
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To: Aussie Dasher

Sure you don't need 24 hours to think about it first?


6 posted on 09/20/2005 4:17:47 PM PDT by digger48
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To: Aussie Dasher

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.


7 posted on 09/20/2005 4:20:48 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Judge Roberts will soon be Chief Justice Roberts. The RATS lose again.)
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To: Aussie Dasher
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.

Am I reading that right? Does she think that the wind is what pushes the hurricane in a given direction?

8 posted on 09/20/2005 4:21:01 PM PDT by RedWhiteBlue
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To: RightWhale

Prayers for our Texan friends, too.


9 posted on 09/20/2005 4:21:58 PM PDT by Aussie Dasher (The Great Ronald Reagan & John Paul II - Heaven's Dream Team!)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Texas will get wet, which is something they apparently need this summer.


10 posted on 09/20/2005 4:23:33 PM PDT by RightWhale (We in heep dip trubble)
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To: digger48
Sure you don't need 24 hours to think about it first?

Perhaps General Honore helped speed up her thought process.

11 posted on 09/20/2005 4:23:36 PM PDT by Unknown Freeper (Doing my part...)
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To: Aussie Dasher
We've declared another emergency ...

Did you learn from the first one - that was 'declared' for you?

You make me sick, you dumb beotch.

LVM

12 posted on 09/20/2005 4:24:19 PM PDT by LasVegasMac ("God. Guts. Guns. I don't call 911." (bumper sticker))
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To: prairiebreeze

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.


13 posted on 09/20/2005 4:47:30 PM PDT by tarzantheapeman (Cindy and the Cranks - Moonbats Gone Wild!)
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To: Aussie Dasher

"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."



Glory be!
He's figured out what to do with the buses!


14 posted on 09/20/2005 4:51:10 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 ("Virtute et armis" - By valor and arms)
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To: devolve

Ping!


15 posted on 09/20/2005 4:51:54 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 ("Virtute et armis" - By valor and arms)
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To: RedWhiteBlue
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.

Am I reading that right? Does she think that the wind is what pushes the hurricane in a given direction?

Yes, she said that. I did a double take at the TV in the distance to make sure I wasn't hearing things. I even got a vid of it.
16 posted on 09/20/2005 4:57:15 PM PDT by DocRock (Osama said, "We love death, the U.S. loves life, that is the main difference between us.")
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To: prairiebreeze

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.


17 posted on 09/20/2005 5:02:02 PM PDT by True Republican Patriot
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To: DocRock

Those winds are caused by Halliburton, dontcha know?


18 posted on 09/20/2005 5:03:33 PM PDT by glock rocks (Bring back dirndl !!!)
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To: dixiechick2000

Is true that Mayor Nagin is leaving NOLA to go home to dallas for the weekend to help unpack and get the family settled?


19 posted on 09/20/2005 5:05:51 PM PDT by True Republican Patriot
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To: prairiebreeze

Even Governor Blanco is capable of learning };-)


20 posted on 09/20/2005 5:06:29 PM PDT by popdonnelly
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To: True Republican Patriot

I have no idea.


21 posted on 09/20/2005 5:07:58 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 ("Virtute et armis" - By valor and arms)
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To: True Republican Patriot; tarzantheapeman

Y'all missed my sarcasm tag.

;^)


22 posted on 09/20/2005 5:11:45 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Judge Roberts will soon be Chief Justice Roberts. The RATS lose again.)
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To: RedWhiteBlue

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.


23 posted on 09/20/2005 5:14:05 PM PDT by Blogger
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To: i_dont_chat; Aussie Dasher

Keep us informed, i_dont_chat. Thanks.


24 posted on 09/20/2005 5:19:12 PM PDT by Eastbound
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To: DocRock
It can move in any direction based on the winds. And so that concerns us," Ms Blanco said.

Is this an example of Louisiana public schooling or a private education? Does she ever even watch the weather channel? Weather news?

25 posted on 09/20/2005 5:23:05 PM PDT by TaxRelief (follow the money...)
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To: RightWhale
This one is headed for Texas. If Louisiana gets anything it will be rain, not much wind.

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.

26 posted on 09/20/2005 5:24:15 PM PDT by IonImplantGuru ("Me? You talking to me? You talkin' to me? Then [BLEEP]... Well, I'm the only one here.")
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To: Blogger
Ridges of high pressure is one steering factor.
27 posted on 09/20/2005 5:32:00 PM PDT by DocRock (Osama said, "We love death, the U.S. loves life, that is the main difference between us.")
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To: Blogger
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.

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.

28 posted on 09/20/2005 5:36:07 PM PDT by RedWhiteBlue
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To: Aussie Dasher
Oh No...not this sh*t again

>> INSERT PIC

29 posted on 09/20/2005 5:49:11 PM PDT by evad ( PC KILLS--NOLA is just the latest example)
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To: Aussie Dasher
"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. "

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.

30 posted on 09/20/2005 5:56:16 PM PDT by blam
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To: Blogger

http://www.asp.ucar.edu/colloquium/1998/tuleya.html


31 posted on 09/20/2005 5:57:36 PM PDT by TaxRelief (follow the money...)
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To: True Republican Patriot

Not every day you get a second chance to do it right.


32 posted on 09/20/2005 6:00:53 PM PDT by freema (Ready to Rock AND Roll)
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To: IonImplantGuru

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.


33 posted on 09/20/2005 6:01:20 PM PDT by RightWhale (We in heep dip trubble)
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To: blam

"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.


34 posted on 09/20/2005 6:02:21 PM PDT by freema (Ready to Rock AND Roll)
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To: Aussie Dasher

Mo money?


35 posted on 09/20/2005 6:11:49 PM PDT by blogblogginaway
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To: dennis1x

blanko a day late, a dollar short, and WRONG again.


36 posted on 09/20/2005 6:14:48 PM PDT by dennis1x
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To: evad
Okay, here ya go...


37 posted on 09/20/2005 6:36:12 PM PDT by vger (freeping since '97!)
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To: RightWhale
"This one is headed for Texas."

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?

38 posted on 09/20/2005 6:52:36 PM PDT by Spunky ("Everyone has a freedom of choice, but not of consequences.")
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To: blogblogginaway

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.


39 posted on 09/20/2005 6:58:41 PM PDT by TaxRelief (follow the money...)
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To: RedWhiteBlue; DocRock
BLANCO CHECKING THE WIND DIRECTION, SO SHE WILL KNOW WHICH WAY RITA IS A COMING.

LOL!

40 posted on 09/20/2005 7:00:58 PM PDT by Spunky ("Everyone has a freedom of choice, but not of consequences.")
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To: Aussie Dasher

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.


41 posted on 09/20/2005 7:01:00 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: prairiebreeze

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.


42 posted on 09/20/2005 7:06:40 PM PDT by CajunConservative ("Dem's can bus people to the polls but can't bus them out of danger to save their lives.")
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To: Spunky; RedWhiteBlue
Click The Pic to Hear the Weather Report - 800 KB .wmv Video

Click the Pic

43 posted on 09/20/2005 7:08:48 PM PDT by DocRock (Osama said, "We love death, the U.S. loves life, that is the main difference between us.")
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To: Spunky

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.


44 posted on 09/20/2005 7:12:27 PM PDT by CajunConservative ("Dem's can bus people to the polls but can't bus them out of danger to save their lives.")
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To: RedWhiteBlue

I’ll be damned. I thought all those people calling her a moron were exaggerating.


45 posted on 09/20/2005 7:19:28 PM PDT by elfman2 (2 tacos short of a combination plate)
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To: DocRock

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.


46 posted on 09/20/2005 7:23:27 PM PDT by SkyShot (Weather Happens)
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To: tarzantheapeman
She's not doing this herself

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!

47 posted on 09/20/2005 7:29:41 PM PDT by blu (only insiders knew about the AK-monkey-pumpers smack-down.)
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To: IonImplantGuru

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.


48 posted on 09/20/2005 7:37:27 PM PDT by dennis1x
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To: blu
....whatevers normal for her....

"Turning tricks in Cleveland?"

49 posted on 09/20/2005 7:43:40 PM PDT by norraad ("What light!">Blues Brothers)
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To: msnimje

Does Texas need rain?


50 posted on 09/20/2005 7:43:47 PM PDT by newzjunkey (CA: Stop union theft for political agendas: YES on Prop 75!)
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