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Skip to comments.Hurricane Rita Live Thread, Part V
Posted on 09/22/2005 5:44:09 PM PDT by NautiNurse
Extremely dangerous Category Four Hurricane Rita continues to move toward landfall along the northwest Gulf of Mexico shoreline. Mandatory and voluntary evacuations continue across Texas and Louisiana coastal areas. Lake Charles LA is providing evacuations by bus for residents who have no transportation.
Traffic gridlock in the greater Houston area was compounded by gasoline stations without fuel, long lines at those stations still carrying fuel, and record breaking temperatures on the first day of autumn.
Offshore drilling platforms and rigs, as well as oil refineries, petrochemical and natural gas plants are in the path of the storm. Wave heights recorded by buoy have exceeded 38 feet. The refineries threatened by Hurricane Rita are on higher ground than those affected by flooding from Katrina. As a result, speculation abounds regarding future prices for winter heating fuel and gasoline.
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
Buoy Data Western Gulf of Mexico
Houston/Galveston/Beaumont/Lake Charles Wx Watches/Warnings
Current Weather Warnings and Watches for Texas
Current Weather Warnings and Watches for Louisiana
Hi Res Houston Flood Zone Map Slow load, great detail
Storm Floater IR Loop
GOM WV Loop
GOM IR Still Image
Visible Storm Floater Still (only visible during daylight hours)
Color Enhanced Atlantic Loop
Streaming Video: (coverage may be intermittent)
KPRC-TV/DT Houston - KPRC-TV/DT Houston - http://mfile.akamai.com/12944/live/reflector:38616.asx
KPLC-TV Lake Charles KPLC Streaming
KHOU-TV/DT Houston: mms://beloint.wm.llnwd.net/beloint_khou
FReeper Sign In Thread Check in to let us know whether you are staying, going, and when you get there
FReepers Offering Lodging To Rita Evacuees People and/or Pet Friendly FReepers Offering Shelter
Coastal TX Evacuation Maps
Beaumont TX evac Routes
Lake Charles/Southwest LA Evacuation Map
KTRK ABC News Houston
KPLC Lake Charles Evac Routes, news
KFDM Beaumont/Port Arthur News, evac info
Golden Triangle Weather Page Provides Galveston Weather, Warnings, Radar, etc.
|Category||Wind Speed||Barometric Pressure||Storm Surge||Damage Potential|
|< 39 mph
< 34 kts
|39 - 73 mph
34 - 63 kts
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|
Hurricane Rita Live Thread, Part IV
Hurricane Rita Live Thread, Part III
Hurricane Rita Live Thread, Part II
Hurricane Rita Live Thread, Part I
Tropical Storm Rita
Tropical Depression 18
Thank you for thinking of me. I think this tornado is passing west of us towards the river. But we can expect more to be spawned throughout the day. Will this never end...?
I see that, but haven't seen a picture of the area before water started flowing over it. It may be a low spot anyway.
If the repair isn't designed for overtopping, then it's apt to become a breach, for sure, as the water washes it away (if it hasn't already).
I was late in contacting family in the La Porte area and I'm assuming they are gone. That area south of Baytown was a mandatory evac, wasn't it? And, do you know if the traffic out of town is any better at all? I'm hoping they are all not out on the highway somewhere.
That was one of the suggestions I had to laugh at. Truth is, I have so much exposed glass on that side of the house that couldn't be protected, that I went to a whole bunch of trouble to save one pane. Conceivably, it is now the only pane that won't be broken. ;-)
Better be HUH? :-)
Well, it's already downcut through the levee. Which means flooding will continue even after the surge abates.
True. There's so many hours in the day and only so many high-rating news stories.
well, let's pray real hard. I saw in the news at wwl.com (?) i think that was the site....mary landrieu is asking for 250 BILLION for Louisiana alone. I sure hope someone responsible and honest monitors all of that money.
I dig those regionalisms.
Except for Mexifornia. Don't like that one much. ;)
I read somebody's journal from Katrina -- he said that was Blanco's pre-storm advice "Let's pray this thing down to a two."
'Tis ironic that there is even an stranded school bus.
Even better that it's a "short bus" (slam at the govt. officials, folks, calm down).
Thanks for your help. I can't reach her right now, but I will try mapquest after I talk to her again.
If not, I'll take one of those Anheuser Busch debit cards and call it good!
Apprently for the TxDOT evacuation planning meetings...
The picture of the water flowing over the levee in New Orleans are a sad thing to see. Should just bulldoze the 9th ward and make that area a flood zone. Otherwise this will happen again. I read parts of that area are like 15 feet below sea level. Building that low is just plain insanity.
What an ordeal! If people in the north and areas not prone to flooding wouldn't have added to the traffic, you wouldn't have had such a horrible travail. :/
Good luck and God bless you!
Hey Dog Gone, did you evacuate?
Rita will probably have a similar coastal impact as Ivan. Destructive but not nearly as catastrophic as Katrina.
But the real havoc would happen if it stalls over NE Texas for three days as models project...
I will. But their teminology is not the same as engineering terminology. I think in their minds, "breach" is defined as "water running over the top." Not that I think the initial assessments are likely to be accurate in any event, but the sloppy use of language by reporters makes getting accurate assessment that much harder.
It ought to be.
Most likely Nagin and Blanco's get away bus....
The short bus.
LOL... Good morning, I fell asleep on ya'll last night.
Not much traffic through my area like there was yesterday ~shrug~ Guess everybody that was going to evacuate through this area came through yesterday. Kinda slow day now.
Maybe Budweiser will take care of it. Instead of shipping little cans of water, they can save the trouble of retooling and just send the beer.
What she is NOT SAYING is that the CORRUPTION there is so intense that money allocated from OUR TAX DOLLARS thru the years, millions upon millions, has NOT been used as designated for levee work but has somehow gotten diverted into WHO KNOWS WHOSE POCKETS.
She is one bad apple....with dreams of control of billions....a DNC boost and a windfall for LA corruption czars.
I want MY TAX DOLLARS to be monitored in LA by a group assigned by our President..........I HAVE NO REASON TO TRUST MARY THE GRUBBER who did NOT HELP her people prior to Katrina and her cabal of corrupt dems control the money any longer.
They have PROVEN themselves not TRUSTWORTHY. Period.
""It's all the people that left that are much further inland that evacuated that blew my mind. I have friends in Spring that are in Dallas."
Mine, too. And they are clogging up the roads keeping folks that HAVE to leave from getting to safety."
My Daughter (who is based at Fort Walton beach and now a seasoned veteran of Hurricanes) called yesterday morning and BEGGED us to leave our house - she was afraid our manufactured home can't take Hurricane I winds. She may be right, but we told her that we wouldn't leave for precisely the reason you suggested. We are far enough inland that we didn't want to take up resources that might be used by Texan coastal residents who need it most.
We will shelter in and do our best here. What the track takes inland remains to be seen - but we know for a fact that those on the coast are definitely in danger. They need to be given priority on the roads...
That's a good way of keeping an eye on the sky. There's still a few warnings in the general area.
Stay safe and not airborne.
And notice that the NHC forecast track only goes out to 8pm today.
Which means they expect Phillipe to dissapate or become extratropical.
Phillipe may ruin vacation weather for a couple days in Bermuda, but that should be the limit of its effects.
Great news that this hurricane is amazingly still weakening. The outflow looks incredible, but obviously the dry air must be getting to it.
It probably will not regain any strength now at this point.
It will just continue to slowly weaken.......by landfall, 115 mph winds probably.
I actually think White botched this thing good. There needed to be some emergency shelters in Houston and there were none because they said it wasn't safe. So people who didn't think their homes were secure, even though they weren't in the surge zone, took off. I'm not crazy about sheltering in place myself, alone in this little apartment, but they've given me no choice. I couldn't bring myself to join the debacle on the road.
Someone asked him about local shelters this morning and he simply refused to entertain the question.
We would go south into North Caroline and then west to the family in the NC mountains. Would not even try to go through the tunnels. Also, leave early.
Will this never end...?
One can hope!
My husband just got a phone call from the soccer league he coaches saying practice is canceled for tonight and there will be no game tomorrow. Ya think??
I walked around the streets in my subdivision last night. I'd say it's 80% evacuated. There are few people walking around this morning. Why, I'm not sure. I realize they're conserving gasoline, but nothing is open. Phone service is spotty. I guess it's just because it's a surreal scene. No cars on the road, no nuthin'.
Heck, I didn't even get my Houston Chronicle delivered today, and I'm willing to be a nickel that I won't get it delivered tomorrow morning, either! ;-)
Bud can keep retooling for bottling water; Miller will take care of the beer :-)
Ya'll just try to enjoy your grilled steaks and visit to Granny's house. You've been through enough and you've got lots of prayers from FR covering you. I pray you and all your family stay safe in every way.
Minimal Cat 3.
I don't think he is corrupt--just incompetent. VERY SAD!!
LMAO! I'll say.
Just heard on ABC 13 a middle school was being looted the police caught them in the act.
Randalls has plans to reopen Sunday at 9:00am.
Wow. Keep heading for those rice fields, Rita. I'm willing to give up rice for awhile.
Now WHAT would be emergency planning at it's best!
Thanks. We really appreciate and NEED the prayers.
Winds have started to kick up noticeably, coming from the North. Trees swaying, etc.
No rain yet.
" We will never put the kids through this ordeal again. "
Lanza, we evacuated from Zone 2 on Wednesday, also. My plan was to be on the road by noon Wednesday, as I wanted to be well away from Houston BEFORE the Zone 1 mandatory evacuation started.
We actually left from my in-laws place in League City at 10:30. Went west on 518 to 35, then took the Beltway to US290. Things were slow on the Beltway, but things were at hwy speeds on 290 until we got to a stoplight at Brenham -- which held everyone up an hour. It took us until 3:00 to reach Austin -- which is pretty good considering.
I feel for you. My recommendation is to leave sooner rather than later. Had you left at 10:00 am on Weds instead of 7:00 pm you probably would have reached Lufkin by 7:00 pm. It is a pain to leave early, but less of a pain than what you went through. And much less of a pain than suffering through a house flooding with a kid in a wheelchair.
I am not trying to be a told-you-so, just advising you as to what my experience was.
However, it will probably resemble Ivan's landfall in that it has already put a lot of water in motion as a Cat 5/Cat 4. So the surge will be more like a Cat 4 than a Cat 3 - just as Rita's surge was Cat 5 even though it weakened to a Cat 4 at landfall in Mississippi.
A good rule of thumb is that a hurricane that is intensifying at landfall has more wind and less surge than its strength would indicate (Hugo, Charley) - and a storm that is weakening at landfall will have more surge than anticipated (Ivan, Katrina).