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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
Are you staying put?
You're in Houston, right?
Give me a sec, I'll send 'em a memo to make sure they've got that right!
John I have a brother that is thinging of leaving Houston on HWY 59 to Corpus.Have you heard how the traffic is on hwy 59?
It is times like these that my wife and I question the wisdom of our move down here. Someplace like Utah is sounding pretty good right now.
Aside from the remote possibility of a tornado, we expect no more than 50 mph winds here with a few gusts a little higher. We will still probably lose power but no real danger to structures.
good point....the surge will still be awful
No, the anti war ad.
I'm in northwest Houston - around 290 and Barker Cypress. It's pleasant here, too. Thank goodness, since our air conditioning went out today. Guess I might as well get used to that, though.....
I work for an oil company also - ConocoPhillips.
That would start a whole 'nother war!LOL
Like I said--God does NOT like ugly, and robbing from disaster victims is DAMNED UGLY!
Ohh the update is in #2459... and I finally understand what you are referring to :) The quote about 3 breaches was from Nat'l Guard not Engineers. (I know nothing about the technicalities, so was under the same impression that a breach is a break, not just flowing over the top, which added to my confusion about what reporters were saying).
I think Rummy set the media up, by calling for closed hearings he triggered the attention of MSM. They thought they could nail the Bush Administration.
The story is now going to be covered by someone besides Fox News and talk radio.
Alicia was a Cat3 with a deadpan hit to the West beach of Galveston. If your son is in NW Houston, he should be fine.
hahahaha well that one is bad too.
This morning on the local NBC DC news I couldn't believe it when they went thru their list of events going on today and they 'announced' the anti-war protest tonight at Walter Reed!!
Couldn't really notice a change in projected track from the overnight graphics; it still looks to be between Port Arthur and Galveston.
Especially if they used the FACTS by showing the amount of money, in the form of OUR TAX DOLLARS, that has flowed into LA and especially NO, to bolster up their leveee system. Money that has been DIVERTED, much of it simply DISAPPEARING into who knows what....
( perhaps a DNC slush fund? )
The President has said in his speech that the MONEY will be controlled because the TAX PAYERS expect that to happen.
I know I do.
Bamm had that track yesterday.
Calypso Louie: "Whitey used the cover of Rita to bomb the levee again. He thinks he's clever, but we saw him from the mothership."
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