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Hurricane Rita Live Thread, Part V
NHC - NOAA ^ | 22 September 2005 | NHC - NOAA

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
Forecast Models
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

Images:

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
WWLTV NOLA

Additional Resources:

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
KHOU Houston
KTRK ABC News Houston
KPLC Lake Charles Evac Routes, news
KFDM Beaumont/Port Arthur News, evac info
Hurricane City
Wxnation Houston
Galveston Webcams
Golden Triangle Weather Page Provides Galveston Weather, Warnings, Radar, etc.

Category Wind Speed Barometric Pressure Storm Surge Damage Potential
Tropical
Depression
< 39 mph
< 34 kts
    Minimal
Tropical
Storm
39 - 73 mph
34 - 63 kts
    Minimal
Hurricane 1
(Weak)
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
Hurricane 2
(Moderate)
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
Hurricane 3
(Strong)
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
Hurricane 4
(Very strong)
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
Hurricane 5
(Devastating)
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

Previous Threads:
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



TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: Alabama; US: Florida; US: Louisiana; US: Mississippi; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: hurricane; hurricanerita; rita; tropical; weather
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To: JFC

Thanks, JFC.


2,551 posted on 09/23/2005 9:01:33 AM PDT by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: LA Woman3
Thanks! Blennos is also in Prairieville....

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...?

2,552 posted on 09/23/2005 9:01:34 AM PDT by Blennos (Baton Rouge)
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To: dirtboy
See the photo in post 2494 - looks like it's turning into a breach.

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).

2,553 posted on 09/23/2005 9:01:49 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Dog Gone

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.


2,554 posted on 09/23/2005 9:01:54 AM PDT by Types_with_Fist (I'm on FReep so often that when I read an article at another site I scroll down for the comments.)
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To: lainie
Phillippe is dying out. Its max winds are 40mph, barely tropical storm status. The NHC forecast is for the storm to dissipate into a tropical depression:

Tropical Storm Philippe forecast/advisory number 25
nws tpc/national hurricane center miami fl al172005
1500z Fri Sep 23 2005

A tropical storm warning is in effect for bermuda.

Tropical storm center located near 31.1n 63.2w at 23/1500z
Position accurate within 40 nm

Present movement toward the west-northwest or 290 degrees at 16 kt

Estimated minimum central pressure 1005 mb
Max sustained winds 35 kt with gusts to 45 kt.
34 kt....... 75ne 0se 0sw 30nw.
12 ft seas..175ne 175se 0sw 50nw.
Winds and seas vary greatly in each quadrant. Radii in nautical
Miles are the largest radii expected anywhere in that quadrant.

Repeat...center located near 31.1n 63.2w at 23/1500z
At 23/1200z center was located near 30.8n 62.0w

Forecast valid 24/0000z 31.5n 66.0w
Max wind 35 kt...gusts 45 kt.
34 kt... 75ne 0se 0sw 30nw.

Forecast valid 24/1200z...absorbed...dissipated

Request for 3 hourly ship reports within 300 miles of 31.1n 63.2w

Next advisory at 23/2100z

Forecaster Pasch

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/text/refresh/MIATCMAT2+shtml/231430.shtml?
2,555 posted on 09/23/2005 9:02:28 AM PDT by conservative in nyc
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To: Flyer

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. ;-)


2,556 posted on 09/23/2005 9:02:28 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: SouthTexas
Isn't beer on FEMA's "immediate necessity" list for Texas?

Better be HUH? :-)

2,557 posted on 09/23/2005 9:02:31 AM PDT by Wneighbor (anyway, they left for mexico monday.)
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To: aBootes

Well, it's already downcut through the levee. Which means flooding will continue even after the surge abates.


2,558 posted on 09/23/2005 9:02:34 AM PDT by dirtboy (Drool overflowed my buffer...)
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To: bwteim

True. There's so many hours in the day and only so many high-rating news stories.


2,559 posted on 09/23/2005 9:02:37 AM PDT by steveegg ($3.00 a gallon is the price you pay for ANWR! Start drilling or stop whining! - HT Falcon4.0)
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To: Strategerist
It's the tracking map not a 5-day forecast map that shows it heading toward the east coast. I mistyped and I'm sure your right about the forecast.

My point was a hurricane coming from that direction, perpendicular to Norfolk is a worse case for us.
2,560 posted on 09/23/2005 9:02:38 AM PDT by fjsva
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To: milagro

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.


2,561 posted on 09/23/2005 9:02:53 AM PDT by VirginiaMom (abortion is NEVER an option!)
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To: dirtboy
Arklatex

I dig those regionalisms.

Except for Mexifornia. Don't like that one much. ;)

2,562 posted on 09/23/2005 9:02:59 AM PDT by cgk (When the BIG ONE wipes out Hollywood can we call it Bush's Fault instead of the San Andreas Fault?)
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To: Types_with_Fist
Just heard on FOX that Rita may weaken just slightly into a strong category 3 as she makes landfall.
2,563 posted on 09/23/2005 9:03:11 AM PDT by Republic (Michael Schiavo murdered Terri Schindler.)
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To: Orlando
I am praying hard too that Rita gets weaker and weaker down to Cat-2 levels.

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."

2,564 posted on 09/23/2005 9:03:29 AM PDT by johnb838 (Houston, Greenway)
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To: dirtboy
[Photo of apparent levee breach deleted]

'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).

Cheers!

2,565 posted on 09/23/2005 9:03:34 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Aggie Mama

Thanks for your help. I can't reach her right now, but I will try mapquest after I talk to her again.


2,566 posted on 09/23/2005 9:03:59 AM PDT by Krodg
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To: SouthTexas
Isn't beer on FEMA's "immediate necessity" list for Texas?

If not, I'll take one of those Anheuser Busch debit cards and call it good!

2,567 posted on 09/23/2005 9:04:08 AM PDT by humblegunner (If you're gonna die, die with your boots on.)
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To: SouthTexas
Isn't beer on FEMA's "immediate necessity" list for Texas?

Apprently for the TxDOT evacuation planning meetings...

2,568 posted on 09/23/2005 9:04:08 AM PDT by dirtboy (Drool overflowed my buffer...)
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To: Howlin; Gabz; onyx
Don't look now, but Phillipe seems to have changed direction on us...

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/storm_graphics/AT17/refresh/AL1705W5+gif/144629W_sm.gif

2,569 posted on 09/23/2005 9:05:39 AM PDT by NCjim (The more I use Windows, the more I love UNIX)
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To: NautiNurse

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.


2,570 posted on 09/23/2005 9:05:42 AM PDT by handy (Forgive me this day, my daily typos...The Truth is not a Smear!)
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To: NautiNurse; All
Warning has expired.
My neighbor is outside weed eating his lawn.
2,571 posted on 09/23/2005 9:05:48 AM PDT by LA Woman3
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To: Lanza

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!


2,572 posted on 09/23/2005 9:05:50 AM PDT by publana (yes, I checked the preview box without previewing)
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To: Dog Gone

Hey Dog Gone, did you evacuate?


2,573 posted on 09/23/2005 9:06:04 AM PDT by Lanza ( Houston (Clear Lake), Texas)
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To: Republic
Just heard on FOX that Rita may weaken just slightly into a strong category 3 as she makes landfall.

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...

2,574 posted on 09/23/2005 9:06:05 AM PDT by dirtboy (Drool overflowed my buffer...)
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To: cgk
Keep reading... I found an update on Fox's site... they found 3 breaks

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.

2,575 posted on 09/23/2005 9:06:14 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: SouthTexas; humblegunner
Isn't beer on FEMA's "immediate necessity" list for Texas?

It ought to be.

2,576 posted on 09/23/2005 9:06:16 AM PDT by steveegg ($3.00 a gallon is the price you pay for ANWR! Start drilling or stop whining! - HT Falcon4.0)
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To: dirtboy

Most likely Nagin and Blanco's get away bus....
The short bus.


2,577 posted on 09/23/2005 9:07:21 AM PDT by LA Woman3
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To: Colorado Doug
Racist engineers not monitoring levees.

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.

2,578 posted on 09/23/2005 9:07:22 AM PDT by Wneighbor (anyway, they left for mexico monday.)
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To: Wneighbor

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.


2,579 posted on 09/23/2005 9:07:22 AM PDT by SouthTexas (Refugio County)
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To: VirginiaMom
She has already been out there weeping and wailing saying LA people should have total control as they rebuild LA, especially NO, because NY'ers got to rebuild NY etc, etc.

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.

2,580 posted on 09/23/2005 9:07:43 AM PDT by Republic (Michael Schiavo murdered Terri Schindler.)
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To: No Truce With Kings

""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...


2,581 posted on 09/23/2005 9:08:05 AM PDT by dandelion (Location: A Stone's Throw Due East of Waco, (Deliberately Vague Because My Husband Is Paranoid))
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To: LA Woman3
Warning has expired.
My neighbor is outside weed eating his lawn.

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.

2,582 posted on 09/23/2005 9:08:14 AM PDT by steveegg ($3.00 a gallon is the price you pay for ANWR! Start drilling or stop whining! - HT Falcon4.0)
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To: NCjim
Don't look now, but Phillipe seems to have changed direction on us...

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.

2,583 posted on 09/23/2005 9:08:17 AM PDT by dirtboy (Drool overflowed my buffer...)
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To: dirtboy

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.


2,584 posted on 09/23/2005 9:08:23 AM PDT by rwfromkansas (http://www.xanga.com/home.aspx?user=rwfromkansas)
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To: dirtboy

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.


2,585 posted on 09/23/2005 9:08:24 AM PDT by johnb838 (Houston, Greenway)
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To: Moose4

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.


2,586 posted on 09/23/2005 9:08:42 AM PDT by fjsva
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To: Blennos

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??


2,587 posted on 09/23/2005 9:09:14 AM PDT by LA Woman3
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To: Sooner Gal
I'm riding it out in the area of 290 and Barker Cypress and it made me a bit nervous that his entire neighborhood had evacuated. (Mine hasn't)

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! ;-)

2,588 posted on 09/23/2005 9:09:17 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: SouthTexas

Bud can keep retooling for bottling water; Miller will take care of the beer :-)


2,589 posted on 09/23/2005 9:09:28 AM PDT by steveegg ($3.00 a gallon is the price you pay for ANWR! Start drilling or stop whining! - HT Falcon4.0)
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To: Lanza

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.


2,590 posted on 09/23/2005 9:09:31 AM PDT by Wneighbor (anyway, they left for mexico monday.)
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To: ekwd
Just how strong was Alicia?

Minimal Cat 3.

2,591 posted on 09/23/2005 9:09:41 AM PDT by dirtboy (Drool overflowed my buffer...)
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To: VirginiaMom
Well,as one of my bestest friends once told me, God doesn't like ugly! And the corruption throughout NO--including the looting cops--is definitely UGLY! And as much as the MSM tries to ignore it or cover it up, the residents of NO know it and many have not been shy in saying it. Even Nagin commented a few days after the hurricane that for the first time in years NO was free of crime and corruption.

I don't think he is corrupt--just incompetent. VERY SAD!!

2,592 posted on 09/23/2005 9:09:41 AM PDT by milagro
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To: aBootes
It does bear a rather suspicious resemblance to structural failure.

LMAO! I'll say.

2,593 posted on 09/23/2005 9:09:53 AM PDT by BureaucratusMaximus (Don't get stuck on stupid! - Lt. Gen. Russel Honore)
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To: All

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.


2,594 posted on 09/23/2005 9:10:03 AM PDT by Lanza ( Houston (Clear Lake), Texas)
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To: steveegg
Eye now circular and 28 nm wide

Wow. Keep heading for those rice fields, Rita. I'm willing to give up rice for awhile.

2,595 posted on 09/23/2005 9:10:48 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: humblegunner; dirtboy
If not, I'll take one of those Anheuser Busch debit cards and call it good!

Now WHAT would be emergency planning at it's best!

2,596 posted on 09/23/2005 9:10:48 AM PDT by SouthTexas (Refugio County)
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To: Wneighbor

Thanks. We really appreciate and NEED the prayers.


2,597 posted on 09/23/2005 9:10:55 AM PDT by Lanza ( Houston (Clear Lake), Texas)
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To: NautiNurse

Winds have started to kick up noticeably, coming from the North. Trees swaying, etc.

No rain yet.


2,598 posted on 09/23/2005 9:11:06 AM PDT by Michael Goldsberry (Sugar Land, Texas)
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To: Lanza

" 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.


2,599 posted on 09/23/2005 9:11:15 AM PDT by No Truce With Kings (The opinions expressed are mine! Mine! MINE! All Mine!)
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To: rwfromkansas
It will just continue to slowly weaken.......by landfall, 115 mph winds probably.

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).

2,600 posted on 09/23/2005 9:12:24 AM PDT by dirtboy (Drool overflowed my buffer...)
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