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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
Just sign it from "The State of Texas". :)
Thanks. I feel better now. Looks like daughter is in North Houston and in-laws are in Spring (they have her toddler with them). I think she may have decided to go to her in-laws which may be why I can't reach her...or the new baby has decided to come!
This is one hellacious storm. When you look at the images of it, it is hard to believe the area it covers.
Now they are talking about tornado watchs, and a warning (rotation) in Orleans Parish towards the lake.
This is almost too much.
Yes, I'm staying here in Sugar Land. (~20 miles SW of Houston)
"He said it wallowed all over the place. Also it didn't seem to have as much space as the Suburban for the size and was more of a gas hog. I think you've made a good choice with the Suburban. "
We bought one used w/ low miles after having 4 suburbans - big mistake - less room, bulkier, lousier mileage, slower, door locks don't work, worse ride, and radio has terrible reception. We have put 50k on it and I must admit nothing else has failed.
A part sounds great to me!
You ALL have mine. :)
Bottled water stays fresher longer. But yes, "bottling" your own water ahead of time is the next best thing, and a heck of a lot better than going without.
It's also important to fill your bathtub with water, to use as a source of water for uses that don't involve drinking, like rinsing off dishes, and flushing the toilet (dumping a gallon or so of water into the toilet will activate the "flush" sequence even if there's no water pressure in the pipes.
Yes. Accuweather has been pretty consistent with that track
TOP NEWS STORY - AccuWeather.com Meteorologists are predicting dangerous hurricane Rita to make a devastating landfall between Galveston and Port Arthur early Saturday morning. Rita will move into eastern Texas and stall causing massive flooding Sunday into Monday. Despite the dry spell across eastern Texas, the 10-30 inches of rain predicted by AccuWeather.com Meteorologists over a two-day period will cause rapid rises in streams and rivers to the point of flash flooding.
I certainly hope our President keeps to his course and has EVERY PENNY of our TAX DOLLARS monitored by a group he assigns to do just that.
No matter HOW MUCH landrieu and blanco weep and wail.
Why couldn't some of the schools that were used for civil defense when I was growing up in Houston have been used as shelters?
There was word about the NO maybe flooding again last night:
I have tons of friends we could have stayed with in Houston proper, but they all left!
Here's a link from Tropical Storm Risk (TSR)
It's a whopping 60kb ;)
For those still in the storm surge, YOU STILL CAN GET OUT OF THE DANGER ZONE.
The current traffic cams show almost no traffic, all moving at the speed limit, on I-45 at Tamina, which is just a couple of miles south of the huge choke point on I-45, where it goes down from 4 lanes northbound to 2. So while you might still encounter slow traffic, you can still stay ahead of the storm, and it is nothing like yesterday, where at midnight 8 lanes were stop and go there and for miles south of that location.
I'm just north in the Woodlands, and am hunkering down. Water is stored, bacon & eggs sandwiches are cooked (they keep well with ice, and calories count more than chloresterol), and my neighbor and I are prepared for cul de sac defense. My read is what we worry about is the wind, since this area is pretty well drained.
Work? You mean everyone in Colorado's not taking off to watch the hurricane coming in? LOL
You take care too. Enjoy your Colorado autumn day. :-)
National Guard guy, live on FoxNews about 10 minutes ago, said the flow is an overtopping. That meaning that the water will stop flowing once the canal level reaches the level level. That is, unless the levee fails further.
My cousin is staying in the Woodlands also. Good luck!
Here's the main link to Tropical Storm Risk (TSR)
I am so sorry for what you went throught!! Thank God that you are safely back and good luck tomorrow.
You know these low pressure systems bring babies. Dunno why but I apprenticed with a midwife for a while and you can watch those correlations happen.
Don't look now, but Phillipe seems to have changed direction on us...
Just checked wunderground and I couldn't belive it! It took a very sharp left hand turn, now heading almost due west. Three out of five computer models have it heading SOUTHWEST. Those are in very close agreement. Good grief!!!!
You take care.
Our home is as dark as night. Our windows are boarded up tight. It's very creepy, and disconcerting.
Me too. But, main thing is ya'll keeping safe and in the clear as much as possible right now. Pasadena oughtta be pretty safe. Just be careful!
I'm just gonna ignore that. lalalala
Once again, the NHC expects it to either dissapate or become extratropical within 24 hours. I wouldn't worry about Philipe.
I finally found the in-laws zip...77388. Candleway Dr. Is that area likely to flood?
When DSM, Iowa flooded in 93 we lost our water plant for 2 weeks. What saved us is that it continued to rain and we caught water from the downspouts in plastic trash cans and used that water to flush the toilets and for cleaning up. I poured a little bleach in the trash cans every day. My husband actually figured out a camp-type shower for us.
National Weather Service Experimental Long Range Radar Loop
Time to grab some lunch. BBL
Go to this link, which takes a long time to load if you are on dial up and it gives you a big zip code map showing class four and five storm surge areas as well as 100 and 200 year flash flood areas:
See, I can't get past that bleach thing. They say to add bleach to the water and that just freaks me out.
OH please!!! A direct hit on Caracas would be nice!
We have 67 windows in our 80 year old house. We didn't have enough plywood to board up that many windows before Charley last year, so my husband cut the few pieces we had into the right size to fit different windows. His thinking was that he would board up as they broke. Of course that's assuming you could stop them from being missiles and you could get to the window in the first place.....
#2678, Rut Roh.
OTOH, TC might get the rain she's been wanting.
It WOULD be nice but.... it's heading into warmer water that way and it wouldn't be the first hurricane to almost fall apart and come back with a vengence. I'll keep an eye on it anyway.
1 drop per quart, 2 if it's visably dirty. Let it sit sealed and then open the cap for a while, the chlorine will vent off some and it should end up tasting like tap water.
That area is just north of Cypresswood Dr., with Cypress Creek just to the south of Cypresswood Dr. That is a pretty good spot to gather some water, my friend. BUT, the really good news is if someone has a boat, the hospital is just real close!!!
We're going to be fine, and if anyone needs help, we'll gladly give it. We want things to get back to normal as soon as possible.
Bleach purifies the water. Tap water becomes stagnant after awhile. Just a few drops per gallon.