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Posted on 09/21/2005 10:36:57 AM PDT by Howlin
If you are in the path of this storm, please sign in here, so that the rest of us can keep track of our "displaced" friends and family.
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As I was listening the news conference with Galveston officials this afternoon, I was wishing one of them would have used that line on the reporters asking the bus questions.
Find a nearby tall parking structure and park on an upper level.
I'd like to slap the media people who continue to say "Texas has learned from NO."
Texans know how to react and y'all have leadership that's competent.
Good luck. We're down Gessner almost to Hammerly. I've been a lurker for years. Just don't have much to say. We'll be here for the duration.
I just got shelter savvy...this is how the pet shelters work...you take your animals to another location...and it will have every animal there...trust me...my place had goats, sheep, pigs and horses...I am not kdding plus rabbits and snakes...I am not making this up.
They will have you fill out 5 pieces of paper...they will take a picture of you and you holding your pet. They will scan the document you sign with the picture...you will leave your animal behind...the human shelters do not allow animals.
Broke my heart to leave my 2 dogs, but I know they are safe and being cared for by Texas A&M folks.
I just need to get a hotel that will allow me and my 2 small bichons a place to stay for the next few days plus my squeeze.
So far...the humans are comfy...but I know the next few days will get old in a shelter and I am sure my dogs are panic stricken...
I just would like to get further away...but have no place to go with 2 dogs...and the only shelters were in Lufkin, Huntsville and Bryan College Station...
So I am sort of trapped.
They haven't called for a mandatory evac in our county as of yet but may do so tomorrow. Depending upon how much of a northerly turn the storm takes will determine the impact on our area. If it stays on track as it is now then we can look for winds to be in the 50-75 mph range according to our meteorologist. However he is still hedging his bets because the high is slowly beginning to break and move to the east. This will determine the steering currents and thus the landfall.
There has been a steady to fairly heavy flow from our area headed to the north based upon what I was seeing when I came back from Little Rock this afternoon. Many businesses, schools, etc are closed for the remainder of the week to allow people to move out.
Our plans are somewhat fluid but mostly complete and point to us heading north sometime tomorrow. Take care.
I hope they have some luck with him.
Praying for your safety! Wish you didn't have to stay there.
Actually it did split, part will go southwest, the other part is heading east. Rita will charge up between them ... somewhere.
Will you be able to come online at all?
And are they turning the highways all one way tomorrow?
"Our Nephew and his wife are riding out the storm in Houston. My Grandbabies are on their way to Tyler. Son is at Fort Hood which should be OK. Everyone is trying to talk our Nephew to get the heck out of town."
Oh me too! He has plenty of family in TX to go and visit. I may just thump him on the noggin over this.
I think Willie is up in that general direction.... You staying or moving out ...
Thank you! The media seems to think we've never seen a hurricane --and learned from NO. Well, what NOT to do!.
You're welcome! I am so damn mad about that, I could throw something into the tv but then I wouldn't have one.
You gonna sneak into town and go to breakfast at the Snooty Pig and not call me again?
Praying hard for him to have a change of heart. His mom lives in San Angelo so it isn't like he doesn't have a place to go.
I saw the video. Pretty amazing that nose gear was down and locked, but rotated 90 degrees from where it should have been. Looked like both wheels eventually broke up and he ended up on the end of the strut. Despite lots of smoke, sparks and fire, he kept it going down the middle. It was good landing. Everyone walked away from it.
They will turn them if it becomes a mandatory evac. Right now they are open both ways and cross traffic if someone will let you cross..... Right now our county except for the coast and those needing special assistance is still in the voluntary evac mode. That may change by morning.
Yes I'll have computer access in Dallas.
I'll try and holler if things work out such that we aren't captured by the grandkids... I don't intend to be there very long if the storm doesn't do a lot of damage in our area....
That was some landing, wasn't it? I was surprised the gear didn't shear, but they did the right thing in landing at LAX.
I was kidding. We're going to have some folks at our place, it appears, so I don't know what we'll be doing after they get here.
I need to go to bed, I've just spent the last 5 minutes trying to post this reply. I'm staring the the traffic jam on TV and imagining how fun it would be to see a reporter get slapped upside the head for asking a stupid question.
It makes me furious that MS has all but been forgotten!
Well, see you on the other side, friend. Be safe.
LOL! Get a GOOD night's sleep and please check in here in the morning. Take care, sweet you.
Idon't know about that. I hope so.
That's true, by the media, but we're getting help and aid... thanks largely to Haley Barbour and the mayors and GOP senators.
Mayor of Pasadena has issued a mandatory evacuation order. It's in the cat 4-5 storm surge area. I'd git my tush out of there.
Rita is now the 3rd strongest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic/Gulf. 173 MPH gusts to 213, central pressure 898mb. Katrina was around 908 mb at her strongest. Forward progress has slowed to 9 mph.
DFW and the Red River to the north will get really heavy rain, because it's probably going to slow down when it gets that far inland.
Center of the track shows landfall over the southwest end of Galveston Island. Worst possible track for the Galveston and Houston Metro area, from a storm surge perspective. If the track holds, the eye will be going over all you folks in Sugar Land and the rest of the west Houston area. You won't get bad flooding, but the wind is liable to literally blow your house down or up or at least sideways.
Well I guess that means we're out of here. I'm out by Blackhorse Ranch. Time to load up and drive out to Columbus/New Ulm. The scary thing is, it's not that much further away when you are in a hurricane.
The Aggies are the only Vet school in Texas, so your animals should be in good hands. It's harder to get in to vet schools than it is Med schools, and the students are virtually all animal lovers.
Greetings from Dallas! Little late to get in on this thread but what the heck.
Left Kingwood this afternoon w/ three Siamese cats, precious photos, meds, a ragtag collection of clothes and most of my wits about me. Usual 3-1/2 to 4 hour trip took 7, but that's a heckuva lot faster than things are moving now.
My fiancee decided to stay behind with the dog. Doesn't want to leave the house unattended, blah, blah, blah. Don't ask. Whole thing makes me crabby. Please say a prayer for them. Thanks.
Please y'all, stay safe! Rita has no intention of clowning around. Take care of yourselves.
Kingwood, TX checking in. Just read the evac map, and my ZIP code was mentioned :/
Will be hunkering down with either my dad, eastforker, or my boyfriend. Hell, he lives in the Galleria area, so he may be hunkering down at eastie's place with me, at my (not so subtle) insistence.
Doing last minute stuff here, pulling all my important papers, sentimental items, and valuables.
Prayers for those in the area, and those with loved ones in the area.
My employer, Outback Steakhouse will be very involved with helping out first responders with food, and basically wherever and however we can. My store sent a team to Gulfport (I went with the first wave to stage everything and get things rolling) the day after Katrina, and we did a lot of good. If I am able, I have every intention of helping wherever we're needed. FReepmail me if interested in volunteering, and I'll be in touch.
Yikes! So what happened?
I'm off of Grant, about halfway between Louetta and Spring-Cypress.
It looks to be maybe 5~6 miles east of Carlucci.
We evacuated the wimmin and children last night (see #462) so it's just me, by brothers, the pets (2 cats + 1 dog) and one doddling sister-in-law who are left.
Looks like we're gonna skidaddle sometime late this afternoon or evening.
We're tentatively heading east to Lake Charles, but that's subject to change as we get more detailed information throughout the day.
No idea what happened....cop circled parking lot for a bit, then helo flew circles for awhile.
How are you?
I'm good! Too many family members affected by Katrina and Rita, though. Cousin and her kids are flying out of Houston as I type. Inlaws driving out. Aunt/Uncle and cousin just returning to Slidell from Katrina. This is one hell of a Fall!
How's it going with you? Are you surrounded by Libs in Austin?? :)
Not sure how many libs are around my area (620/Anderson Mill)...sure see a lot of W bumperstickers!
Off to the store to see if they restocked water and grab some chocolate for Jaded!
Update: the wimmin and children made it to Lake Charles OK,
But now they're executing "Plan B" and evacuating north to stay with friends of my sister-in-law's family. At least they're out of the congested Houston area traffic.
My one brother decided it was idiotic to fight traffic to go to work for a halfday, so he's home taking care of finishing touches on his home. His wife (the sister-in-law who stayed) still has to work at the bank until 7, but hopefully might get out earlier.
The other brother just stopped by. He's still planning on stopping in at the office. (He's the boss, so if nothing else, he has to be there to tell the employees to leave by noon.) The good news there is that he doesn't commute very far to work, so even with heavy traffic, he should be able to get back before my sister-in-law gets out of the bank. Looks like we're probably headed NW to get out of the direct path. Coworker of first brother home has ranch in "Hill Country" (wherever the hell that is) has a guest home where we can stay.
Options are under constant review as information develops.
Give your cats a hug from my three Siamese. Stay safe, and we'll pray for your fiance.
"Texans know how to react and y'all have leadership that's competent."
The continuing comment about Texans having learned from the NOLA experience really irritated me, too. I saw Governor Perry on ABC this morning, being interviewed by ??? The interviewer made the same comment; Governor Perry replied along the lines of...well, actually we've been practicing for this type of thing for the last four years. Ha!!!
Meanwhile, here we sit waiting to be mauled by Mother Nature and all our resources went to NO. For 3 weeks there hasn't even been a generator in town! Our city gov't had to go 100 miles yesterday to get one to keep our water pumping--if needed. Our hotels were already full and our churches are still feeding --two meals per day--people from NO.
This morning they are saying we could have 125 MPH winds for 10 hours.
I have a bed-ridden mother with Alzheimer's. It's too late to leave. I'm scared!
And frankly, I think it would be better if this thing went in to NO because it would be better than destroying what's still standing.
Here we go again! Please sign in if you or anyone you know are in Rita's path, and be sure to check in when it is over as we worry about you all! (y'all!)
Signing in from Cypress, TX. Looks like ground zero is Beaumont now. I will be at home watching it.