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Hurricane Rita Live Thread, Part VI
NHC - NOAA ^ | 23 September 2005 | NHC - NOAA

Posted on 09/23/2005 9:39:06 AM PDT by NautiNurse

Dangerous Hurricane Rita is expected to make landfall in the northeast Gulf of Mexico within 24 hours. Tornados have spawned in Louisiana. Water is filling the Ninth Ward of New Orleans again. A bus carrying elderly evacuees was gutted by fire this morning outside Dallas, with multiple fatalities. Television crews have positioned their hurricane reporters throughout the region to attain maximum drama effects. Whoooooa.

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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
Jefferson Co TX NWS Weather
Current Weather Warnings and Watches for Texas
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Hi Res Houston Flood Zone Map Slow load, great detail

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Visible Storm Floater Still (only visible during daylight hours)
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KSLA-TV/DT Shreveport

Additional Resources:

FReeper Sign In Thread Check in to let us know whether you are staying, going, and when you get there
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KHOU Houston
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KPLC Lake Charles Evac Routes, news
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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 V
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


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To: NautiNurse
LOL...that's what I thought I smelled! He said something about an "angry lady out there" or something like that.

Wonder how many "Ratherisms" he was able to squeeze in before they let him go.

Thanks, NN, for "cowboying" these threads! They are very much appreciated.
101 posted on 09/23/2005 10:04:04 AM PDT by hummingbird (21st Century Newsreporting - "Don't get me started!")
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To: IndyTiger
"Rita remains a strong cat 4 according to Fox..."

I'm also hearing it's now a cat 3 . . . who's right?
102 posted on 09/23/2005 10:04:17 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Lorraine
I was almost expecting him to ask that idiot reporter if he was stuck on stupid. I really wish he had!

It's President Bush's MO is to stay above the fray and let the journalists look like the fools that they are.

It's General Honore's MO to throw out the S.O.S's to let the journalists look like the fools that they are.
103 posted on 09/23/2005 10:04:26 AM PDT by uncitizen
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To: Diddle E. Squat

Just joining the thread...

Is Bastardi still different than the weathercasters on the other cable stations?

Last night, he was still predicting it would go in at Galveston and High Island, up I-45 to Houston...

I know the local news in this area is predicting wind but NO RAIN for our area...gack!


104 posted on 09/23/2005 10:04:59 AM PDT by Txsleuth (Arlington, Texas--future home of the Dallas Cowboys!)
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To: Steve_Seattle

That's why Bush neeeds to take a stand and stick with it. He's not going to please the liberals whatever he does.


105 posted on 09/23/2005 10:05:05 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: Steve_Seattle

Rain coming down in sheets according to reporters in NO...dozens of streets now under water.


106 posted on 09/23/2005 10:05:08 AM PDT by IndyTiger
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To: talleyman

they blew the levees they were repairing from blowing again....

karl rove prevented blanco from airdropping Sharpies for people to write their SSN's on themselves.

You know whose fault it all is.


107 posted on 09/23/2005 10:05:36 AM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: Types_with_Fist
I've got an article up on the precise subject you raise. Click below.

Congressman Billybob

Latest column: "The Hart-Miller Future of New Orleans"

108 posted on 09/23/2005 10:05:53 AM PDT by Congressman Billybob (This Freeper was linked for the 2nd time by Rush Limbaugh today (9/13/05). Hoohah!)
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To: dandelion
(Deliberately Vague Because My Husband Is Paranoid)

Hey, just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get ya...

Stay safe.

109 posted on 09/23/2005 10:06:00 AM PDT by talleyman (Moose lips sink ships.)
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To: texianyankee

I bet he's in Beaumont now. Goofy as he is, I LOVE him. He acts like a little old gossippy lady sometimes.


110 posted on 09/23/2005 10:06:07 AM PDT by Lanza ( Houston (Clear Lake), Texas)
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To: IndyTiger
Fox news interviewing 82nd Airborne commander Bill Cauldwell, says levee "structural failure, not just spillover".

Fox reporters are trying to get anybody to say "breech," and get past "overtopping."

Col. Cauldwell based his conclusion on the water being 3 feet deep, but he didn't say where it was 3 feet deep. 3 feet deep on the other side of the levee sense since the water in the canal is more than 7 feet higher than the 9th Ward.

No question there is serious flooding - but it'll be faster and deeper if the levee does in fact breech/open all the way.

111 posted on 09/23/2005 10:06:16 AM PDT by Cboldt
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To: Steve_Seattle

Rita may weaken to a 3 but as of now is still a 4


112 posted on 09/23/2005 10:06:19 AM PDT by IndyTiger
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To: rintense

3 Dog Night
Easy to Be Hard

How can people be so heartless
How can people be so cruel
Easy to be hard
Easy to be cold

How can people have no feelings
How can they ignore their friends
Easy to be proud
Easy to say no

And especially people
Who care about strangers
Who care about evil
And social injustice
Do you only
Care about the bleeding crowd?
How about a needing friend?
I need a friend

How can people be so heartless
You know I'm hung up on you
Easy to give in
Easy to help out

And especially people
Who care about strangers
Who say they care about social injustice
Do you only
Care about the bleeding crowd
How about a needing friend?
I need a friend

How can people have no feelings
How can they ignore their friends
Easy to be hard
Easy to be cold
Easy to be proud
Easy to say no


113 posted on 09/23/2005 10:06:33 AM PDT by freema (Ready to Rock AND Roll)
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Ch.11's Dr. Neil Frank (former head of the NHC) is saying that he is not at all certain the turn more to the north into Port Arthur will take place. A direct hit on Galveston is still possible, and is its current track if it doesn't turn. The steering currents that would pull it more north are weak.


114 posted on 09/23/2005 10:06:37 AM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: BurbankKarl

Chertoff news briefing on now.


115 posted on 09/23/2005 10:06:50 AM PDT by NautiNurse (The task before us is enormous, but so is the heart of America.)
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To: Double Tap

There's ZERO breeze where I am, on the southwest edge of Memorial. The leaves aren't moving one bit. You'd never suspect there was a hurricane coming!


116 posted on 09/23/2005 10:06:50 AM PDT by Xenalyte (West Houston . . . sorta near where the Beltway and I-10 have that hideous intersection)
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To: rintense
Just heard that...who was that jackass?! What a snarky reporter comment!!!
117 posted on 09/23/2005 10:06:51 AM PDT by hummingbird (21st Century Newsreporting - "Don't get me started!")
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To: BurbankKarl
halliburton blew up the levees again...

LOL

119 posted on 09/23/2005 10:07:46 AM PDT by GOPJ (When incentives are switched, patterns change. Until then, it's same old, same old.)
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To: IndyTiger

http://www.weatherserver.net/ritavideoLouisiana2.htm

Max Headroom Louisiania News Feed Page


120 posted on 09/23/2005 10:08:11 AM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: Calpernia

Where is the Mayor of the Mudpuddle? He needs to get on the tube and demand more buses.


121 posted on 09/23/2005 10:08:19 AM PDT by ARealMothersSonForever (The Land o' Gar (yes I have a gunrack in my truck))
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To: Cboldt

CNN interview with Gen. Caldwell now...30 or 40 blocks now flooded...CNN photog saw water rise 5-10 inches per minute, newly patched levee has failed.


122 posted on 09/23/2005 10:08:20 AM PDT by IndyTiger
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To: MamaB
Levee broke. It was built to hold 7 feet of water and it is now 7 1/2 feet.

That'll do it...

123 posted on 09/23/2005 10:08:29 AM PDT by GOPJ (When incentives are switched, patterns change. Until then, it's same old, same old.)
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To: NautiNurse; All
Does anyone know what it means when the eye of the hurricane collapses? Looking at both the floater IR picture and all of the Unisys weather pics, Rita's eye has disappeared.
124 posted on 09/23/2005 10:08:31 AM PDT by green iguana
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To: Xenalyte

There is a very mild lovely breeze here in Clear Lake. I am ten minutes from Kemah, and according to the news people over there it's huge gusts. Strange.


125 posted on 09/23/2005 10:08:44 AM PDT by Lanza ( Houston (Clear Lake), Texas)
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To: IndyTiger

The eyewall has all but disappeared.


126 posted on 09/23/2005 10:09:21 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: nbtex
Thanks for your encouraging words on the last thread. LOL

Today was supposed to be her last day of work before the baby comes and she was upset that her hubby wouldn't let her go out today. She's planning on going in Mon to make up for missing today. Did I mention she's a DUmmie?

127 posted on 09/23/2005 10:09:32 AM PDT by Krodg
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Harris Co. Judge Bob Eckels:

Refuel trucks are continuing to roll in to cover the major evac routes. Buses are starting to roll on Hwy 59 and I-10 east to rescue those stranded on the road and take them to shelter.


128 posted on 09/23/2005 10:09:32 AM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: NautiNurse

Thanks again for this thread, my neighbor (on my north fenceline) is anxious for news and FR has the best news.

Her husband is a tugboat captain, usually pushes barges between Brownsville and Tampa on the Intercoastal. He's gone ten days and then back here (hill country TX) to their little ranch for 20 days.

He was on his tug in the Houston Ship Channel but his company got all employees out --- he's run his tug up the Neches River, thirty miles (The Neches flows into Port Arthur)to get out of the way, now it appears Rita is headed for Port Arthur.

He won't leave, says he will stay in the pilot house.

My neighbor is of course very frightened for her husband. She's glued to the t.v. and I'm on FR. Will probably go down and stay with her tonight for a few hours after I get animals fed.

Thanks for all the first-hand reports here on FR, much appreciated. Will relay news to y'all how Captain Corageous is doing in his tug on the Neches. He's been calling on cell phone about four times a day.


129 posted on 09/23/2005 10:09:41 AM PDT by squarebarb
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To: Lanza; texianyankee; Pnut
Is Shepard Smith in town?

Shep was in Galveston yesterday!

Forget drama queen Shep. Where's Cantore?

130 posted on 09/23/2005 10:09:42 AM PDT by Unknown Freeper (Doing my part...)
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To: sheikdetailfeather
An idiot reporter

Sounded like David Gregory from NBC. They need to put him on the beach in Galveston.
131 posted on 09/23/2005 10:09:52 AM PDT by fjsva
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To: Stayingawayfromthedarkside

Central Florida.


132 posted on 09/23/2005 10:09:52 AM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: Lanza
There is a very mild lovely breeze here in Clear Lake. I am ten minutes from Kemah, and according to the news people over there it's huge gusts. Strange.

You think they're over-dramatizing the weather? NEVER!
133 posted on 09/23/2005 10:10:01 AM PDT by conservative in nyc
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To: NautiNurse
Thanks again.

Quickie recap for those just tuning back in - As of 10 am CDT -

- A Hurricane Warning is in effect from Port O'Connor, Texas to Morgan City, Louisiana
- Tropical Storm Warnings extend from Morgan City east to the Louisiana/Mississippi state line (includes New Orleans) and from Port O'Connor to Port Aransas, Texas.
- A Tornado Watch is in effect from coastal Alabama west through south-central Louisiana through 6 pm CDT
- Rita was centered near 27.4 north/91.9 west, about 220 miles southeast of Galveston and 210 miles southeast of Port Arthur.
- Movement was toward the northwest near 10 mph and is expected to continue the next 24 hours. Landfall is anticipated early Saturday on the upper Texas/southwest Louisiana coastline.
- Maximum sustained winds were near 135 mph (the border between a Category 4 and Category 3), and while slight weakening is possible, Rita will likely come ashore as a major hurricane. Hurricane force winds extended outward up to 85 miles and tropical storm force winds extended outward up to 205 miles. Pressure was 929 mb.

134 posted on 09/23/2005 10:10:45 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: BurbankKarl
Max Headroom

Now there's a name I haven't heard for YEARS.
135 posted on 09/23/2005 10:10:48 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Xenalyte

Up here in College Station we are getting a good breeze from the east as I type right now. We have gotten some lulls, however.


136 posted on 09/23/2005 10:10:56 AM PDT by texianyankee
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To: Iwo Jima

I don't think Texas police or Nat. Guard will stand for any looting and pillaging. Plus people like you have guns, etc.

But...I still think a lot of panic for people was based on seeing the NOLA gang violence, which was most likely pre-planned by the gangs who stayed behind.


137 posted on 09/23/2005 10:11:12 AM PDT by spycatcher
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To: Unknown Freeper
Forget Cantore.

What the you-know-what did Alexandra Steele do to her face? She looks like Michael Jackson in drag.

Or rather, Michael Jackson looks like her in drag. Or something like that....

138 posted on 09/23/2005 10:11:25 AM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: AppyPappy

The prayer lady on thread III just might have a point.


139 posted on 09/23/2005 10:11:26 AM PDT by ARealMothersSonForever (The Land o' Gar (yes I have a gunrack in my truck))
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To: conservative in nyc

Obviously I have a different definition of gusts then they do. Hmm... my trees are not even moving now.


140 posted on 09/23/2005 10:11:37 AM PDT by Lanza ( Houston (Clear Lake), Texas)
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To: Txsleuth

Bastardi is like Bill Clinton, all spin. He'll make conflicting forecasts, and then crow about the one that pans out. Zero credibility.


141 posted on 09/23/2005 10:11:39 AM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: sheikdetailfeather
We just got an automated call from Gov Blanco asking us to evacuate our home. She said to pack as if we were going camping or some such thing. She finished by saying "God Bless You"

I live in Pennsylvania

142 posted on 09/23/2005 10:11:42 AM PDT by oldironsides
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To: milagro
Rains ICE!

THAT can't be fun. Look at all the weather info we are picking up!
143 posted on 09/23/2005 10:11:50 AM PDT by hummingbird (21st Century Newsreporting - "Don't get me started!")
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To: Dallas59

Hurricane Ivan was a three - hurricane Jeanne, both were damaging. Alicia comes to mind just because of the flooding...

I'm sure there were other Cat 3 that were very damaging.


144 posted on 09/23/2005 10:12:09 AM PDT by dandelion (Location: A Stone's Throw Due East of Waco, (Deliberately Vague Because My Husband Is Paranoid))
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To: Unknown Freeper

Who's Cantore? I wanna know where Geraldo is!


145 posted on 09/23/2005 10:12:11 AM PDT by texianyankee
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To: Xenalyte
I know. It is surreal to sit in my living room and watch that monster come at us on TV, yet the skys are fairly clear.

I drove around last night a little to see what was going on. Spring is a ghost town. No businesses are open. There is ZERO fuel to be had. I45 was a 200 mile long parking lot. Folks had pulled off onto FM2920 and parked at gas stations in hopes of fuel coming in the morning. Very sad and a little scary. I hope they make it to where ever they were going.

Stay safe Southeast Texas Freepers, and all of you for that matter.

146 posted on 09/23/2005 10:12:31 AM PDT by Double Tap
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To: milagro

naa you just have to watch out for the bouncing ICE flows on the big lake!!! ;)


147 posted on 09/23/2005 10:12:34 AM PDT by markman46 (engage brain before using keyboard!!!)
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To: IndyTiger

I believe it. I just can't understand why the misinformation.


148 posted on 09/23/2005 10:12:40 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: rintense
The remnants come up here from time to time. Oh geez, did anyone hear the jackass ask the President what the point of him being there is, and that its over compensation for him doing nothing in NO????? What an a$$hole.

Five people in the lunchroom yelled A$$hole in unison at the TV when he asked that question.

149 posted on 09/23/2005 10:12:49 AM PDT by handy (Forgive me this day, my daily typos...The Truth is not a Smear!)
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To: Txsleuth

hi sleuth.
excuse no capital letters. typing with one finger while on phone.


150 posted on 09/23/2005 10:12:54 AM PDT by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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