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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: Wneighbor
G'morning. Gotta drag myself off this thread try to get some work done. Take care
2,651 posted on 09/23/2005 9:23:41 AM PDT by Colorado Doug (Diversity is divisive. E. Pluribus Unum)
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To: Wneighbor

Just sign it from "The State of Texas". :)


2,652 posted on 09/23/2005 9:23:42 AM PDT by SouthTexas (Refugio County)
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To: No Blue States

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!


2,653 posted on 09/23/2005 9:23:50 AM PDT by Krodg
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To: dirtboy
But the real havoc would happen if it stalls over NE Texas for three days as models project...

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.

2,654 posted on 09/23/2005 9:24:15 AM PDT by Republic (Michael Schiavo murdered Terri Schindler.)
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To: pbrown

Yes, I'm staying here in Sugar Land. (~20 miles SW of Houston)


2,655 posted on 09/23/2005 9:24:47 AM PDT by Michael Goldsberry (Sugar Land, Texas)
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To: randita

"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.


2,656 posted on 09/23/2005 9:24:50 AM PDT by spanalot
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To: Wneighbor

A part sounds great to me!


2,657 posted on 09/23/2005 9:24:56 AM PDT by Lanza ( Houston (Clear Lake), Texas)
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To: Lanza

You ALL have mine. :)


2,658 posted on 09/23/2005 9:25:14 AM PDT by EX52D
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To: sarasota

placemark.


2,659 posted on 09/23/2005 9:25:22 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: flutters; steveegg

BUSTED!


2,660 posted on 09/23/2005 9:25:24 AM PDT by SouthTexas (Refugio County)
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To: Deguello
I have never understood the fascination with bottle water. All us old Boy Scouts know to fill up 5 gallon jugs with good ole chlorinated water.

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.

2,661 posted on 09/23/2005 9:25:33 AM PDT by Ichneumon
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To: steveegg

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.

http://home.accuweather.com/index.asp?partner=accuweather


2,662 posted on 09/23/2005 9:25:42 AM PDT by freeperfromnj
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To: sarasota
Oh yes...it is way to much money for the democrats to ignore....because they live their lives professing to care but through their actions demonstrate a greed and a callousness towards the poor that is horrific (the bigotry of low expectations is the DNC mantra, keeps the voting block intact, don't cha know?)

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.

2,663 posted on 09/23/2005 9:27:39 AM PDT by Republic (Michael Schiavo murdered Terri Schindler.)
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To: johnb838

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?


2,664 posted on 09/23/2005 9:27:58 AM PDT by Sally'sConcerns (me - SW Ok, My son and sister @ Hwy 6 & Bellaire in Houston.)
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To: LA Woman3

There was word about the NO maybe flooding again last night:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1489655/posts?page=1363#1363


2,665 posted on 09/23/2005 9:28:23 AM PDT by Revel
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To: Sally'sConcerns

I have tons of friends we could have stayed with in Houston proper, but they all left!


2,666 posted on 09/23/2005 9:28:31 AM PDT by Lanza ( Houston (Clear Lake), Texas)
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To: jeffers; NautiNurse

Here's a link from Tropical Storm Risk (TSR)

http://tsr.mssl.ucl.ac.uk/tracker/dynamic/images/200518N_0F.png


It's a whopping 60kb ;)


2,667 posted on 09/23/2005 9:28:33 AM PDT by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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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.


2,668 posted on 09/23/2005 9:28:37 AM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: nbtex; Krodg

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.


2,669 posted on 09/23/2005 9:28:44 AM PDT by Liberty Tree Surgeon (Not one dime to the RNC until immigration and spending is fixed.)
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To: Colorado Doug
Gotta drag myself off this thread try to get some work done.

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. :-)

2,670 posted on 09/23/2005 9:29:15 AM PDT by Wneighbor (anyway, they left for mexico monday.)
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To: cgk

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.


2,671 posted on 09/23/2005 9:29:26 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: SouthTexas
Just sign it from "The State of Texas". :)

Done!

2,672 posted on 09/23/2005 9:29:51 AM PDT by Wneighbor (anyway, they left for mexico monday.)
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To: Liberty Tree Surgeon

My cousin is staying in the Woodlands also. Good luck!


2,673 posted on 09/23/2005 9:30:04 AM PDT by bonfire (dwindler)
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Here's the main link to Tropical Storm Risk (TSR)

http://tsr.mssl.ucl.ac.uk/tracker/dynamic/main.html


2,674 posted on 09/23/2005 9:30:24 AM PDT by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: Lanza

I am so sorry for what you went throught!! Thank God that you are safely back and good luck tomorrow.


2,675 posted on 09/23/2005 9:31:15 AM PDT by BlueAngel (Katy, Texas (just west of Houston) staying)
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To: DelRoy
Traffic on Houston-area freeways is pretty much nonexistent.

There's a map here, and traffic cameras here. I can't say how traffic is outside the metro, though.
2,676 posted on 09/23/2005 9:31:22 AM PDT by conservative in nyc
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To: Krodg
or the new baby has decided to come!

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.

2,677 posted on 09/23/2005 9:31:26 AM PDT by Wneighbor (anyway, they left for mexico monday.)
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To: dirtboy

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!!!!


2,678 posted on 09/23/2005 9:31:53 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: metmom
Phillipe
2,679 posted on 09/23/2005 9:33:14 AM PDT by RDTF
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To: Leapfrog

You take care.
Our home is as dark as night. Our windows are boarded up tight. It's very creepy, and disconcerting.


2,680 posted on 09/23/2005 9:33:40 AM PDT by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: Lanza
A part sounds great to me!

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!

2,681 posted on 09/23/2005 9:33:44 AM PDT by Wneighbor (anyway, they left for mexico monday.)
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To: RDTF

I'm just gonna ignore that. lalalala


2,683 posted on 09/23/2005 9:33:54 AM PDT by bonfire (dwindler)
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To: metmom
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!!!!

Once again, the NHC expects it to either dissapate or become extratropical within 24 hours. I wouldn't worry about Philipe.

2,684 posted on 09/23/2005 9:34:01 AM PDT by dirtboy (Drool overflowed my buffer...)
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To: nbtex

I finally found the in-laws zip...77388. Candleway Dr. Is that area likely to flood?


2,685 posted on 09/23/2005 9:34:19 AM PDT by Krodg
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To: Ichneumon

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.


2,686 posted on 09/23/2005 9:35:10 AM PDT by babaloo
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To: RDTF

strange days


2,687 posted on 09/23/2005 9:35:53 AM PDT by meanie monster
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National Weather Service Experimental Long Range Radar Loop

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ridge/lix_N0Z_lp.shtml


2,688 posted on 09/23/2005 9:36:22 AM PDT by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: dirtboy

Time to grab some lunch. BBL


2,689 posted on 09/23/2005 9:36:52 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: Krodg

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:
http://www.houstontx.gov/category5.jpg


2,690 posted on 09/23/2005 9:37:03 AM PDT by KC Burke (Men of intemperate minds can never be free....)
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To: babaloo

See, I can't get past that bleach thing. They say to add bleach to the water and that just freaks me out.


2,691 posted on 09/23/2005 9:37:21 AM PDT by queenkathy (Dear God, I have a problem; it's me.)
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To: SweetCornGiblets
Karl Rove is toying with the liberals. He's showing off what his weather machine can do. Watch Rita spiral off and hit Venezuela now. :p

OH please!!! A direct hit on Caracas would be nice!

2,692 posted on 09/23/2005 9:38:03 AM PDT by Wneighbor (anyway, they left for mexico monday.)
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To: Dog Gone
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.

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.....

2,693 posted on 09/23/2005 9:38:31 AM PDT by nicolezmomma
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To: Howlin; Constitution Day; Tax-chick

#2678, Rut Roh.

OTOH, TC might get the rain she's been wanting.


2,694 posted on 09/23/2005 9:38:39 AM PDT by Rebelbase (The Mainstream Media is "Stuck on stupid". (Gen. Honore))
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To: dirtboy

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.


2,695 posted on 09/23/2005 9:38:54 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: queenkathy

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.


2,696 posted on 09/23/2005 9:39:23 AM PDT by conservativewasp (Liberals lie for sport and hate their country. Islam is a terrorist organization.)
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To: Krodg

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!!!


2,697 posted on 09/23/2005 9:39:35 AM PDT by nbtex
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To: Aggie Mama
I don't think that anyone could argue that there's a different attitude in Texas than in New Orleans, and it's reflected in any number of things. None of my neighbors are going to become looters. If anything, they'll shoot any outsiders who attempt it.

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.

2,698 posted on 09/23/2005 9:39:39 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: queenkathy

Bleach purifies the water. Tap water becomes stagnant after awhile. Just a few drops per gallon.


2,699 posted on 09/23/2005 9:39:40 AM PDT by meanie monster
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To: Howlin; Constitution Day; Tax-chick

#2679..Ooops.


2,700 posted on 09/23/2005 9:39:48 AM PDT by Rebelbase (The Mainstream Media is "Stuck on stupid". (Gen. Honore))
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