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Hurricane Rita Freeper Sign In Thread
www.freerepublic.com | September 21, 2005

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.

And when you return, remember to sign in, as we will be looking for you!


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Front Page News; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: freeper; rita; texas
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To: Howlin
We're coiled and ready to fire out of here if necessary, but the local weather folks have said we might not even get any rain out of this. We're not even in the "cone" any longer. The city has called off the mandatory evac for the island, for CC and surrounds. So we felt we'd be lots better off here, watching, than ripping up the road.

But again, I'm watching it, monitoring the threads and checking the news on TV. I took a little reconnaissance drive and the traffic on the roads isn't bad, so we could get inland pretty quickly if Rita gives us a "head fake" this way or something.

Thanks for your concern. You're an angel.
601 posted on 09/22/2005 12:47:39 PM PDT by Chasaway (North Padre Island, Texas)
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To: Rheo

Well, I finally talked to her about an hour ago. I told her to keep me updated and especially to call me if she needed to come back this way and stay with us. You take care too!


602 posted on 09/22/2005 12:47:48 PM PDT by padfoot_lover (Woodlands area)
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To: WhyisaTexasgirlinPA

Not sure where you are, but there's 2,000 evacuees headed toward the Hub City......it would be great to have you up here.


603 posted on 09/22/2005 1:01:25 PM PDT by hispanarepublicana (No amnesty needed...My ancestors proudly served. [remodel of an old '70s bumper sticker])
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To: Howlin

It should be a cat 1 or lower when it gets here and I need the rain.


604 posted on 09/22/2005 1:04:21 PM PDT by chesty_puller (USMC 70-73 3MAF VN 70-71)
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To: luckystarmom
I've seen forecast models that have Dallas with some severe winds 39-73mph, but the Fox forcasters say it may be going east...


605 posted on 09/22/2005 1:09:05 PM PDT by gopwinsin04
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To: Howlin

I just called my office and my IT guys told me that they used the fire sprinklers to flood the server room.

They can leave now as their work is done!!

Rita or not, no reason for me to work tomorrow.


606 posted on 09/22/2005 1:26:42 PM PDT by Eaker (My Wife Rocks! - I will never take Dix off of my ping list as I have been asked to do.)
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To: gopwinsin04
That map is pretty out of date. Track has been shifting East all day.


607 posted on 09/22/2005 1:27:59 PM PDT by COEXERJ145 (Cindy Sheehan, Pat Buchanan, John Conyers, and David Duke Are Just Different Sides of the Same Coin.)
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To: bonfire; Howlin

Will do. Howlin and I exchanged numbers so I'll try to report to her. But ya'll be warned - circuits are all on overload. My son tried to get us for 3 solid hours last night.

And I never realized how many family and friends we have because over the past two days the phone hasn't stopped ringing, LOL!


608 posted on 09/22/2005 2:00:19 PM PDT by Humidston (It's Bush's fault)
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To: MEG33


Lord have mercy. Your poor son-in-law. Please let us know what you decide to do. Prayers for y'all of course.


609 posted on 09/22/2005 2:34:37 PM PDT by onyx ((Vicksburg, MS) North is a direction. South is a way of life.)
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To: onyx; All

He made it on fumes..he was closer than I realized..We are aiming at a 3am decision..cooler..one car(no gas in his).

It is a jungle out there..People are getting very short tempered, he relates, and the TV is showing it,too....We'll have 3 adults, 3 cats and 5 kittens..Lots of frozen bottles of water....and too much STUFF!


610 posted on 09/22/2005 2:50:40 PM PDT by MEG33 (Just N of The Woodlands..N of Houston)
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To: MEG33


I'm going to answer you in FR mail.


611 posted on 09/22/2005 2:53:00 PM PDT by onyx ((Vicksburg, MS) North is a direction. South is a way of life.)
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To: onyx

we headed out I-10E for Jackson, MS, last night at around 11:30pm. not enough traffic to make us stop, and were able to drive at least 55 or better the whole way. Hate seeing the news with the evacuation mess right now! We'll be back as soon as possible.


612 posted on 09/22/2005 3:11:15 PM PDT by GOP_Thug_Mom (Crosby, TX--25 miles E/NE of dntwn. Houston)
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To: anymouse; onyx; BellStar; GulfBreeze
I actually spent many hours attempting to evacuate to Otting,TX and the Texas Elks Summer Camp that sits Just behind the San Marcos River and at one endof Palmetto State Park. I help to support this effort each year. The Camp is closed in the off-season but partially staffed. I was meeting several evacuee friends who are camp supports too. I Left at about 3:00 pm yesterday the 21st. I only got to the I-10 Campbell Rd. exit at about 4 a.m. the 22nd. Exhausted I pulled off the road and slept in my truck until I was fit to drive again. I came home at about 11:30 am.

(When I couldn't find any gas, my fear of being stranded coupled with the new storm coordinates, tracking somewhat to the east made my decision for me. I came back to the Galveston Bay Area (Kemah). I did try to get a room over in the Campbell Rd. area but I had (Ralph's) cat with me and got turned away over and over.)
613 posted on 09/22/2005 3:51:40 PM PDT by BellStar (Rack the action on a shotgun. Yes, it really is the international language)
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To: Humidston; Howlin; TheMom; humblegunner; Squantos
Howlin and I exchanged numbers

If you post Howlin's number I won't post yours............

Decisions

Decisions.............

; < )

I am doing whatever it takes to be mature, sober and ready for the storm. Then on the Weather Channel they said to use the stuff that expires first.

There ain't no expiration date on whiskey.

I am going to try to finish it all before it goes bad.

Crap, TheMom just brought in another coupla bottles.



Hick...........

614 posted on 09/22/2005 3:53:41 PM PDT by Eaker (My Wife Rocks! - I will never take Dix off of my ping list as I have been asked to do.)
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To: daybreakcoming

Rita is "wabbling" east, toward the TX/LA border, putting it directly over the refineries. But who knows what will happen tomorrow??

Dr. Neil Frank, our hurricane guru, says it wabbled to the west, now wabbling toward the east. But at least she's losing some of her punch. Stay safe!


615 posted on 09/22/2005 3:55:29 PM PDT by Humidston (It's Bush's fault)
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To: BellStar

Bell, if the freeways clear and you want to make a run for it, head up to our house close to Conroe/Woodlands. If you can get up to 290 W, I can give you directions to our house.

We have a nice guest room. ;-)

FReepmail for phone #.


616 posted on 09/22/2005 4:00:47 PM PDT by Humidston (It's Bush's fault)
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To: Eaker

You BAD! ;-)


617 posted on 09/22/2005 4:03:56 PM PDT by Humidston (It's Bush's fault)
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To: Humidston

Well, try to call Howlin' if your power is out so she can report back. Hunker down!


618 posted on 09/22/2005 4:07:27 PM PDT by bonfire (dwindler)
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To: padfoot_lover; Jrabbit; All
Update from Jaded.

She made it to Huntsville from Pasedena in 19 hours...she is at her daughters apartment and plans to stick it out there.

She won't have internet connection as no landline, but daughter does have an awesome stereo...gotta love those college kids.

Told her if anything changes, load the family up and head here.

Guess I get to eat the chocolate I bought for her..ha.

619 posted on 09/22/2005 4:11:42 PM PDT by Rheo (Austin)
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To: BellStar


Where are you now?


620 posted on 09/22/2005 4:17:32 PM PDT by onyx ((Vicksburg, MS) North is a direction. South is a way of life.)
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To: Howlin

dandelion here, reporting in from the Heart o' Texas area, Limestone county. Looking to ride it out here with my extended family and several pets, the news reporting that we probably will get tropical storm force winds if the latest track holds. We are praying for all in the storms path, and holding out hope that this monster storm will weaken...


621 posted on 09/22/2005 4:51:04 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

Oops, am I in the wrong thread?

I'm in Pineville in Central Louisiana. Alexandria has declared a state of emergency and our schools will be closed tomorrow. Texas license plates are everywhere and traffic is bumper-to-bumper on both highways and local streets. Stores weren't too packed this morning and I had no problem shopping or getting gas. However, once the announcement was made about the schools closing, the locals did a 180 and came out in full force to shop and fill their tanks. I couldn't believe the difference a few hours made.

We are staying here. We live on the second floor of an apartment building with lots of stored water, nonperishable food, batteries and more on hand. The neighborhood seems to be designed with drainage in mind, so I hope the parking lot doesn't flood. I am very concerned about the tornado predictions. I only moved to Louisiana two years ago and missed Hurricane Lili, so I don't really know what I'm in for.

I send my prayers to everyone who is on the road!


622 posted on 09/22/2005 5:12:15 PM PDT by buickmackane (reporting from Pineville, Rapides Parish, LA)
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To: buickmackane

Yes, you are.

And you can do me a favor; link this thread to the Louisiana FR message board, will you?


And stay safe!


623 posted on 09/22/2005 5:13:35 PM PDT by Howlin (Yeah, I'm a BushBot.....so what?)
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To: dandelion

Be sure to check in as you can; we'll be taking roll after the storm!

Best of luck.


624 posted on 09/22/2005 5:14:16 PM PDT by Howlin (Yeah, I'm a BushBot.....so what?)
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To: Howlin

OK, link posted...your wish is my command ;-)


625 posted on 09/22/2005 5:19:20 PM PDT by buickmackane (reporting from Pineville, Rapides Parish, LA)
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To: buickmackane

I hope they come over and sign up!


626 posted on 09/22/2005 5:27:43 PM PDT by Howlin (Yeah, I'm a BushBot.....so what?)
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To: hispanarepublicana

I'm near Wichita Falls at my Mother's - the current track is looking better for us on the sw side of Houston - sorry for those north.....


627 posted on 09/22/2005 5:48:58 PM PDT by WhyisaTexasgirlinPA (Prayers for healing and relief from pain for Cowboy...........)
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To: Rheo

Glad Jaded made it, I was worried about her. Thanks for letting me know -- and enjoy all that chocolate!


628 posted on 09/22/2005 5:52:27 PM PDT by padfoot_lover (Woodlands area)
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To: Howlin
We are in Prairieville, Louisiana. South of Baton Rouge.
Ten miles as a crow flies to St. Gabriel...the makeshift morgue of Katrina victims. Mind numbing if you dwell on it.
Prayers to all as we endure but yet another major hurricane.
629 posted on 09/22/2005 5:58:10 PM PDT by LA Woman3 (On election day, they were driven to the polls...On evacuation day, they had to fend for themselves)
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To: Howlin

I'm in Copper Lakes in NW Houston near Barker Cypress and 290.

My husband and I will be riding out the storm here, much to the dismay of my family in Oklahoma.

God be with you all.

Sooner Gal


630 posted on 09/22/2005 6:24:40 PM PDT by Sooner Gal
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To: BellStar

Well I bugged out at 9pm Wed. I'm in Ft. Worth staying with a friend.

Wish you would consider going up to Pearland at least.


631 posted on 09/22/2005 6:28:54 PM PDT by anymouse
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To: lonestar

You've got folks praying for you, so you're not alone!


632 posted on 09/22/2005 6:33:40 PM PDT by austinTparty
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To: Howlin

American72 here in Spring Branch signing in. Were going to evacuate, but no way to get out with all the traffic. My dad, BnBlFlag, mom, brother, sis-in-law and kids made it to our house from Chambers County, where they were under mandatory evacuation orders. Lots of people in my small house! We'll be praying this thing turns, weakens, or passes quickly and we're not without AC for days on end!!


633 posted on 09/22/2005 6:36:38 PM PDT by American72 (Sick of Democrats)
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To: buickmackane

I am in Lake Charles, LA but I made it to my sister's in Lafayette. We are keeping an eye on the weather to see if we need to take 49 north.


634 posted on 09/22/2005 6:45:56 PM PDT by CajunConservative (Lake Charles, LA)
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To: All

I am located in Lubbock. I live in a small efficiency; that and the lease rules prevent me from extending my hospitality. However, if you are going to be here, please let me know if I can assist in any way. Run errands, etc. I'll be happy to do so.


635 posted on 09/22/2005 7:15:18 PM PDT by indcons (Koran - The World's First WMD)
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To: Howlin

South of Baton Rouge, west bank- checking in......again..

TS


636 posted on 09/22/2005 7:22:15 PM PDT by 30 something american (never argue with idiots, they'll bring you down to their level and beat you with experience)
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To: Howlin
In Dallas area now... It took about 10 1/2 hrs to cover some 350 miles....... not to bad based upon what the Houston folks were having to deal with. It was stop and go with a lot of sitting the first 50 miles [4 1/2 hrs] or so but then smoothed out.

Looks like we did the right thing based upon the current projected land fall.... You can never know for sure with these things until the final come ashore....

Anyway good luck to all and stay safe. Looks like the Houston area may have dodged a bullet this time or at least will be much better than originally thought.

637 posted on 09/22/2005 7:22:46 PM PDT by deport
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To: deport
Looks like the Houston area may have dodged a bullet this time or at least will be much better than originally thought.

Does this mean that Rita is bypassing Houston. Any idea what the projected path is?
638 posted on 09/22/2005 7:24:00 PM PDT by indcons (Koran - The World's First WMD)
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To: Willie Green

We're tentatively heading east to Lake Charles, but that's subject to change as we get more detailed information throughout the day.



Well don't know where you went if at all but Lake Charles isn't the place now based upon current predicitions.... In fact where you are at is prolly safe now. The west side will less damaging and winds/rain don't extend out as far....

Anyway take care, be safe....


639 posted on 09/22/2005 7:27:26 PM PDT by deport
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To: indcons

Does this mean that Rita is bypassing Houston. Any idea what the projected path is?



Well what I"m hearing it is closer to the Tx/La state line area, subject to change of course. I've not really looked at the data real close but it appears to be turning more to the north which will bring it onshore more to the east of original tracks.....


640 posted on 09/22/2005 7:30:26 PM PDT by deport
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To: deport

Thanks for the info. Stay safe.


641 posted on 09/22/2005 7:33:07 PM PDT by indcons (Koran - The World's First WMD)
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To: indcons

I was up in your area a few weeks ago. Didn't spend anytime just dropped off a couple of vehicles and did the reverse thing.


642 posted on 09/22/2005 7:33:29 PM PDT by deport
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To: deport
Weather.com shows a high level wind stream which is knocking Rita back on course to Galveston/Houston. Just get the hell out of there. John
643 posted on 09/22/2005 7:41:23 PM PDT by JohnD9207 (Lead...follow...or get the HELL out of the way!)
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To: Zacs Mom

Wow, what an awesome idea. My MIL is stuck in Nolanville, just south of Waco, and is heading to a shelter. She's leaving her little dog in the trailer. I'll pass this along so she'll feel better about it.


644 posted on 09/22/2005 8:07:31 PM PDT by T Minus Four (Some assembly required.)
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To: Howlin

I live in SW Houston, but have moved to a friend's house in the NW area. Due to my work situation, I was unable to evacuate early enough to get out of town. It took 5 hours to drive the 22 miles to get here.

My brother and sister-in law left Houston at 4:30am this morning and arrived at their destination at Lake Placid in Seguin around 7:00pm -over 14 hours to cover approx 180 miles.

My other brother has been traveling all day from Houston to Lake Placid and as of several hours ago, he was still over 100 miles from Seguin.


645 posted on 09/22/2005 8:09:49 PM PDT by msmagoo54
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To: All; 4mer Liberal

This thread is too dang long for me to sift through and look for folks in the Killeen/Nolanville area who might be able to help me contact my mother-in-law, sister-in-law and nephew when this is over. They live in mobile homes in Nolanville and are stuck. By Wednesday it was too late to get out - no motels for 600 miles and worried about running out of gas if they just got in the car and started driving.

They are going to a shelter but we (in Utah) are of course worried sick and know that we may lose touch with them for a few days. My husband (4mer Liberal)is a ham operarator and is working on making area contacts, as well as something called Echolink which I'm not clear about. I think it's a ham link using the computer. I know he's talked all over the world on it.

So if anyone lives in that area, and especially if you operate a ham radio, please reply.

And best of luck to all of you staying in Texas. I am praying for all of you.


646 posted on 09/22/2005 8:19:49 PM PDT by T Minus Four (Some assembly required.)
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To: Sooner Gal

I am also in Copper Lakes, staying at a friends house.


647 posted on 09/22/2005 8:37:00 PM PDT by msmagoo54
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To: Humidston

Thanks for Dr Neil's update. Please let me know if anything changes. Where are you now? I will be checking in when I can. Right now the projected path shows the eye going over our home in south Liberty county. I am trying to accept the idea that it may not quite all be there when we go home. You know, when you expect the worst, anything less than the worst will be good. I have my pictures, important papers, and computer with me. Oh yeah, brought the bills too. Should have left them.
As it is, we didn't evacuate far enough. 70 mph sustained winds expected here in Alexandria tomorrow night.

God help us all.


648 posted on 09/22/2005 9:14:29 PM PDT by daybreakcoming (May God bless those who enter the valley of the shadow of death so that we may see the light of day.)
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To: daybreakcoming

You said "here in Alexandria" -- did you evacuate to a hotel or home in this area?


649 posted on 09/22/2005 9:19:08 PM PDT by buickmackane (reporting from Pineville, Rapides Parish, LA)
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To: pbrown

We came through Leesville around 4 am this morning on way to Alexandria. Could'a used a cup of coffee about then - where were you? :o)
I did see tonight that Leesville is not looking good. What are you going to do - hunker down or leave? Take care my friend.


650 posted on 09/22/2005 9:19:59 PM PDT by daybreakcoming (May God bless those who enter the valley of the shadow of death so that we may see the light of day.)
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