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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


Storm Floater IR 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 -
KPLC-TV Lake Charles KPLC Streaming
KHOU-TV/DT Houston: mms://

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
< 39 mph
< 34 kts
39 - 73 mph
34 - 63 kts
Hurricane 1
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
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
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
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: Leapfrog

Are you staying put?
You're in Houston, right?

2,621 posted on 09/23/2005 9:16:39 AM PDT by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: NCjim

just dam

2,622 posted on 09/23/2005 9:16:50 AM PDT by freema (Ready to Rock AND Roll)
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To: SouthTexas
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.

Give me a sec, I'll send 'em a memo to make sure they've got that right!

2,623 posted on 09/23/2005 9:17:13 AM PDT by Wneighbor (anyway, they left for mexico monday.)
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To: johnb838

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?

2,624 posted on 09/23/2005 9:17:29 AM PDT by DelRoy
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To: LA Woman3
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??

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.

2,625 posted on 09/23/2005 9:17:35 AM PDT by Blennos (Baton Rouge)
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To: dirtboy

good point....the surge will still be awful

2,626 posted on 09/23/2005 9:17:41 AM PDT by rwfromkansas (
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No, the anti war ad.

2,627 posted on 09/23/2005 9:18:11 AM PDT by meanie monster
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To: NautiNurse
New Tornado Warning for Orleans Parish until 11:30 am CDT - At 11:07, radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado near Lakefront Airport moving northwest at 55 mph.
2,628 posted on 09/23/2005 9:18:29 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: Dog Gone

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.

2,629 posted on 09/23/2005 9:18:34 AM PDT by Sooner Gal
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To: steveegg

That would start a whole 'nother war!LOL

2,630 posted on 09/23/2005 9:18:51 AM PDT by SouthTexas (Refugio County)
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To: freema
Did not know that--more reason for heartbreak! "How can people be so heartless, how can they be so cruel."

Like I said--God does NOT like ugly, and robbing from disaster victims is DAMNED UGLY!

2,631 posted on 09/23/2005 9:19:09 AM PDT by milagro
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To: Cboldt

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).

2,632 posted on 09/23/2005 9:19:14 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: sarasota
Off topic but there is a thread up now that DOD is allowing public testimony regarding Able Danger.

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.

2,633 posted on 09/23/2005 9:19:21 AM PDT by mware (Keeper of the I's)
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To: ekwd

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.

2,634 posted on 09/23/2005 9:19:36 AM PDT by publana (yes, I checked the preview box without previewing)
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To: LA Woman3


2,635 posted on 09/23/2005 9:20:14 AM PDT by milagro
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To: meanie monster

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!!

2,636 posted on 09/23/2005 9:20:18 AM PDT by RDTF
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The latest from NHC has Rita shifting slightly east, doesn't?

Couldn't really notice a change in projected track from the overnight graphics; it still looks to be between Port Arthur and Galveston.

2,637 posted on 09/23/2005 9:20:23 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: johnb838
I would LOVE THAT!

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.

2,638 posted on 09/23/2005 9:20:37 AM PDT by Republic (Michael Schiavo murdered Terri Schindler.)
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To: dirtboy; cgk; CindyDawg

Bamm had that track yesterday.

2,639 posted on 09/23/2005 9:20:47 AM PDT by SouthTexas (Refugio County)
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To: dirtboy
Well, it's already downcut through the levee. Which means flooding will continue even after the surge abates.

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."

2,640 posted on 09/23/2005 9:20:58 AM PDT by laz (They can bus 'em to the polls, but they can't bus 'em out of the path of a Cat 5 hurricane.)
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