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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: johnb838

I don't think that Gov. Blanco heart is close to God,because what she had done in past. (God and Family)
Her attack on Fathers/Family is great, and I don't think God is with her.

Mr. Bush , God is closer to You than Blanco. Ask God for Help, and ask the American people to join You together in asking and praying to the Lord/GOD for help. I believe God will response


2,601 posted on 09/23/2005 9:12:27 AM PDT by Orlando
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To: Dog Gone
Wow. Keep heading for those rice fields, Rita. I'm willing to give up rice for awhile.

Ditto (and I like rice).

2,602 posted on 09/23/2005 9:12:38 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: Republic

Somebody needs to be impolite enough to point out that LA is too corrupt to handle the reconstruction funds. To that bytches face. On national TV.


2,603 posted on 09/23/2005 9:12:39 AM PDT by johnb838 (Houston, Greenway)
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To: Torie

Good point about the routines. Sorry to hear about your grandfather's difficult final days.


2,604 posted on 09/23/2005 9:12:48 AM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: milagro

I've posted this morning (somewhere in a thread-maybe the Rangel thread) a link that states Algiers was not damaged by the storm. But it was destroyed by looters.


2,605 posted on 09/23/2005 9:13:01 AM PDT by freema (Ready to Rock AND Roll)
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To: steveegg

Bud's always the one that ships water. ;)


2,606 posted on 09/23/2005 9:13:03 AM PDT by SouthTexas (Refugio County)
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To: dirtboy
Computer models (23kb):

Anyone know how accurate BAM is?

2,607 posted on 09/23/2005 9:13:46 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: Dog Gone
I think after this all is done you should be offered a job as reporter for the HC! You're posts are wonderful, as are so many of the posts from Freepers' who are in harm's way.

God's strength, comfort and grace be with all of you!

2,608 posted on 09/23/2005 9:13:49 AM PDT by milagro
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To: Lanza

Not in the same area you are...am in Florida:) Just glad to see you made it ok...we're keeping track of our FRiends in LA and TX.


2,609 posted on 09/23/2005 9:14:15 AM PDT by SE Mom
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To: SouthTexas
Bud's always the one that ships water. ;)

True, true, true (glad WCG isn't around these parts to see us slamming Budweiser :-)

2,610 posted on 09/23/2005 9:14:19 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
Someone asked him about local shelters this morning and he simply refused to entertain the question.

I agree with you. Houston isn't NOLA where the city is surrounded by water and inadequate levees. The city knows what areas are prone to flooding after Allison. Shelters could have been opened to the North and Northwest - it would be better than nothing.

2,611 posted on 09/23/2005 9:14:25 AM PDT by dirtboy (Drool overflowed my buffer...)
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To: No Truce With Kings

You are right. We actually thought we were leaving early. We left earlier than most people in my neighborhood, some planning to leave yesterday morning.


2,612 posted on 09/23/2005 9:14:34 AM PDT by Lanza ( Houston (Clear Lake), Texas)
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To: mhking

thanks!


2,613 posted on 09/23/2005 9:14:45 AM PDT by NautiNurse (The task before us is enormous, but so is the heart of America.)
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To: Leapfrog

Thanks for the report frog. My dad is staying home in southwest Houston. Near Gessner, Braeswood and 59. Any reports from near there appreciated.


2,614 posted on 09/23/2005 9:15:22 AM PDT by knak (The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing)
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Station 42019
Freeport, TX
60 NM South of Freeport, TX
(9:50 am CDT)
Wind Direction (WDIR): N ( 350 deg true )
Wind Speed (WSPD): 25.3 kts
Wind Gust (GST): 31.1 kts
Wave Height (WVHT): 16.1 ft
Dominant Wave Period (DPD): 14 sec
Average Period (APD): 7.9 sec
Mean Wave Direction (MWDIR): E ( 101 deg true )
Atmospheric Pressure (PRES): 29.60 in
Pressure Tendency (PTDY): +0.00 in ( Steady )
Air Temperature (ATMP): 82.8 °F
Water Temperature (WTMP): 84.6 °F
Dew Point (DEWP): 74.5 °F
Heat Index (HEAT): 89.6 °F
Combined plot of Wind Speed, Gust, and Air Pressure

 

Continuous Winds
TIME(CDT) WDIR WSPD
9:50 am NNW ( 348 deg ) 25.1 kts
9:40 am N ( 350 deg ) 26.6 kts
9:30 am N ( 350 deg ) 24.3 kts
9:20 am N ( 350 deg ) 25.3 kts
9:10 am NNW ( 348 deg ) 24.5 kts
9:00 am NNW ( 347 deg ) 24.9 kts

 

Station 42035
GALVESTON
22NM East of Galveston, TX

(9:50 am CDT)
Wind Direction (WDIR): N ( 10 deg true )
Wind Speed (WSPD): 27.2 kts
Wind Gust (GST): 33.0 kts
Wave Height (WVHT): 11.8 ft
Dominant Wave Period (DPD): 14 sec
Average Period (APD): 7.1 sec
Mean Wave Direction (MWDIR): E ( 92 deg true )
Atmospheric Pressure (PRES): 29.63 in
Pressure Tendency (PTDY): -0.02 in ( Falling )
Air Temperature (ATMP): 81.3 °F
Water Temperature (WTMP): 84.6 °F
Dew Point (DEWP): 73.8 °F
Heat Index (HEAT): 86.7 °F
Combined plot of Wind Speed, Gust, and Air Pressure

2,615 posted on 09/23/2005 9:15:34 AM PDT by numberonepal (Don't Even Think About Treading On Me)
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To: steveegg

The latest from NHC has Rita shifting slightly east, doesn't?


2,616 posted on 09/23/2005 9:15:47 AM PDT by RDTF
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I HAAAATTTEE this ad on fox news!!!!!!


2,617 posted on 09/23/2005 9:15:49 AM PDT by meanie monster
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To: cgk
Anyone know how accurate BAM is?

Looking at those models after landfall, it looks like someone activated the "covey of quail" variable in the modelling algorithms...

2,618 posted on 09/23/2005 9:15:55 AM PDT by dirtboy (Drool overflowed my buffer...)
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To: Republic

Seems to me the outcry against tax dollars for NO is getting louder.


2,619 posted on 09/23/2005 9:16:01 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: meanie monster

Don't tell me...Red Roof Inn?


2,620 posted on 09/23/2005 9:16:23 AM PDT by RDTF
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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 (http://www.xanga.com/home.aspx?user=rwfromkansas)
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To: RDTF

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

HALLELUJAH!!!!!


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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To: RDTF
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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To: steveegg

As Celine Dion would say..."Let them touch the beautiful things"


2,641 posted on 09/23/2005 9:21:10 AM PDT by 4everontheRight (Born/raised on MS beaches (SC now)...Criminals feed on the indulgence of society's understanding)
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To: All

Just had a police officer come to the door to make sure we were the homeowners. He said many people are reentering the neighborhood, caught in the ordeal of going to Lufkin (which will be getting a bad part of it). He said they would be around, and I told him we were headed to Pasadena.


2,642 posted on 09/23/2005 9:21:36 AM PDT by Lanza ( Houston (Clear Lake), Texas)
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To: johnb838
Red Cross Opens Shelters For Rita Evacuees

Call (713) 313-5480 For Available Shelter Locations

POSTED: 10:29 pm CDT September 22, 2005
UPDATED: 10:50 pm CDT September 22, 2005

Shelters were opened by the American Red Cross along evacuation routes Thursday for evacuees fleeing from Hurricane Rita.

Thousands of residents became trapped for up to 14 hours on Houston-area freeways as nearly 2 million people along the Texas and Louisiana coasts were urged to get out of the way of Rita, a 400-mile-wide Category 4 hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico.

Red Cross set up a hot line with information about available shelter locations. Call (713) 313-5480 for details on the closest shelter.

"Normally the Red Cross does not open shelters in an area where we think there could be storm damage, as is about to happen. But in this case, we absolutely felt we had to get people off of the freeways if we could and so that's why we're doing this," said Denise Bishop, with the American Red Cross.

Bishop said they expect TxDOT to post shelter information on highway signs along the evacuation routes to help drivers locate them.

State Shelter Hubs Opened

State emergency officials set up shelter hub sites earlier in the week, where people can go to be placed at a shelter in other parts of Texas. These are the receiving points:

Those needing information about statewide shelters can call (888) 312-4567.


2,643 posted on 09/23/2005 9:22:04 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: steveegg

I'm tellin'


:-)


2,644 posted on 09/23/2005 9:22:16 AM PDT by flutters (God Bless The USA)
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To: mware

I saw that and hope you are correct. That would be a great strategy.


2,645 posted on 09/23/2005 9:22:27 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: milagro; Dog Gone
I think after this all is done you should be offered a job as reporter for the HC!

I don't think he wants to get half his brain removed in order to qualify for that job...

2,646 posted on 09/23/2005 9:23:09 AM PDT by dirtboy (Drool overflowed my buffer...)
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To: Lanza
We really appreciate and NEED the prayers.

Ya'll all got 'em hon. Ya'll are surrounded by prayers, good wishes and if you need help when this is all over we might have to have an FR party at your place to get it done.

2,647 posted on 09/23/2005 9:23:10 AM PDT by Wneighbor (anyway, they left for mexico monday.)
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To: RDTF; NautiNurse

Another fresh tornado warning, this time for Terrebonne Parish in southeast Louisiana until 11:45. At 11:13, radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado 17 miles southeast of Chauvin/15 miles southwest of Galliano moving northwest at 55 mph. It's expected to be near Dulac and 7 miles southwest of Chauvin by 11:30.


2,648 posted on 09/23/2005 9:23:21 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

Looks like most of the photo is already under water... *g


2,649 posted on 09/23/2005 9:23:22 AM PDT by NCjim (The more I use Windows, the more I love UNIX)
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To: meanie monster
I HAAAATTTEE this ad on fox news!!!!!!

Thats what the mute button is for. I look at it from the standpoint of draining move-on.lib, Soros and assorted other lefty orgs assets into the coffers of FoxNews, Brit Hume and Charles Krauthammer. AND it only magnifies the dishonorable tactics of the left. Just remember about the mute button thingy. ;o)
2,650 posted on 09/23/2005 9:23:24 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Never misunderestimate the strategery of forty-three)
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