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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.

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
Jefferson Co TX NWS Weather
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:


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Lake Charles Experimental Radar Outages and Delays May Occur

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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)

KHOU-TV/DT Houston
KPRC-TV/DT Houston
KTRK-TV/DT Houston
KTRH-AM Houston
KPLC-TV/DT Lake Charles/Lafayette
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
FReepers Offering Lodging To Rita Evacuees People and/or Pet Friendly FReepers Offering Shelter

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 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: texianyankee

Thanks for the ping.


151 posted on 09/23/2005 10:12:59 AM PDT by kassie
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To: sheikdetailfeather
You called it right...another "STUCK ON STUPID" reporter!
152 posted on 09/23/2005 10:13:06 AM PDT by hummingbird (21st Century Newsreporting - "Don't get me started!")
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To: rintense; Flyer; Eaker; humblegunner
So is Houston safer now?

Sure is. The thugs left or are in hiding and most of us that are left here are armed, well fed and have been pissed since Clinton was first elected! ;-)

153 posted on 09/23/2005 10:13:10 AM PDT by HoustonCurmudgeon (Houston - Showing New Orleans how it's done.)
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To: ARealMothersSonForever

People criticizing Texas for not instituting contra flow sooner simply don't know what they're talking about. You can't just snap your fingers and make all Southbound lanes Northbound. There are legitimate reasons why some folks still had to travel into evacuated areas while others were trying to get out...not to mention first responders and those prepositioning supplies. Our city and state officials here in Virginia hate to even discuss contra flow, even though it's a part of our comprhensive evacuation plan.


154 posted on 09/23/2005 10:13:27 AM PDT by pgkdan
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To: NautiNurse; TheMom

We really appreciate what you are doing here. A lot!

We are starting to move stuff inside The Compound.

It is getting windy.

I gotta get up and get to work as my troops realized that I ain't really saving the world on the Internet!

I sure hope nobody pings TheMom to this thread! She is a real task master!


155 posted on 09/23/2005 10:13:49 AM PDT by Eaker (My Wife Rocks! - I will never take Dix off of my ping list as I have been asked to do.)
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To: texianyankee

Where is Steve Herrigan?


156 posted on 09/23/2005 10:13:52 AM PDT by Rumierules
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To: kassie

anytime. Y'all getting a good breeze now?


157 posted on 09/23/2005 10:13:57 AM PDT by texianyankee
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To: NautiNurse
Sept. 23: A breached levee in New Orleans' Ninth Ward.
158 posted on 09/23/2005 10:14:06 AM PDT by RDTF
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To: ARealMothersSonForever
Okay, I have seen some criticism of TX officials for waiting "too long" to begin it. From over here in North Alabama, it looks to me like they are a doing pretty good job, considering that they had something like 5 million people to get out and that, unlike some people, they weren't certain where the worst of Rita would hit days in advance. Evacuation west on I-10 may have been easier if only they had not ordered Corpus Christi's evacuation too, but when they ordered it they thought Corpus Christi would be hammered.

Has I-45 opened up to Dallas and I-10 to San Antonio yet or are there still long stretches of grid lock?

Good Luck.
159 posted on 09/23/2005 10:14:11 AM PDT by ekwd (Murphy's Law Has Not Been Repealed)
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To: Diddle E. Squat

Dr. Frank has a history of being a drama queen in storms. I trust the NHC more then him.


160 posted on 09/23/2005 10:14:27 AM PDT by TXBSAFH (Free Traitors are communist China's modern day "Useful Idiots")
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To: rintense

Michigan people are strange anyhow. Plus they claim to know a little about football. :)


161 posted on 09/23/2005 10:14:30 AM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: hummingbird

I consider CARLA the powerful hurricane EVER...why? We all had to feel the affects of her for 44 yrs. CARLA gave us DANNY RATHER... ;o(


162 posted on 09/23/2005 10:14:31 AM PDT by shield (The Greatest Scientific Discoveries of the Century Reveal God!!!! by Dr. H. Ross, Astrophysicist)
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To: green iguana; Flyer; Dog Gone
She struggling, and weakening. She may be a Cat 3 now, per Ed Rappaport.

Good news!

163 posted on 09/23/2005 10:14:32 AM PDT by NautiNurse (The task before us is enormous, but so is the heart of America.)
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To: pgkdan

Spot on. People on the sidelines criticise, and have no earthly idea what it takes to move a few million people in 33 hours.


164 posted on 09/23/2005 10:15:27 AM PDT by ARealMothersSonForever (The Land o' Gar (yes I have a gunrack in my truck))
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To: HoustonCurmudgeon; All
well fed and have been pissed since Clinton was first elected!

Very true.

Getting a little breezy here. Off and on. Everyone ready??

165 posted on 09/23/2005 10:15:30 AM PDT by kassie
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To: queenkathy
"See, I can't get past that bleach thing. They say to add bleach to the water and that just freaks me out."

Make lemonade with the water you plan to drink. You'll never know about the Chlorine.

166 posted on 09/23/2005 10:15:42 AM PDT by The KG9 Kid (Semper Fi!)
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To: Rumierules
"Where is Steve Herrigan?"

Good question....I have no clue.

167 posted on 09/23/2005 10:15:45 AM PDT by texianyankee
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To: RedBloodedAmerican

Forget Cantore. Where's Stephanie Abrams, and is she wearing her usual tight T-shirt and baseball cap?

(Yeah. I'm bad. Trying to inject some frat-house humor into a bad situation here...)

}:-)4


168 posted on 09/23/2005 10:15:49 AM PDT by Moose4 (Richmond, Virginia, where our motto is "Will Riot For Cheap Laptops")
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To: Unknown Freeper
Forget drama queen Shep. Where's Cantore?

Cantore set up shop in Houston after being frustrated in his attempt to get to Port Arthur.

169 posted on 09/23/2005 10:16:01 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: oldironsides

For real?!


170 posted on 09/23/2005 10:16:03 AM PDT by freema (Ready to Rock AND Roll)
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To: rintense

I seriously have never seen a President so disrespected, ever. They are SO rude to him, blatantly, about anything and everything.

I AM surprised not ONE of them said "Going back to Texas... on VACATION?" They are scum, all of them.

My old tagline: We'll have to deal w/ the networks. One way to do that is to drain the swamp they live in - Rumsfeld


171 posted on 09/23/2005 10:16:24 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: pgkdan

The people are mostly out...how can that not be a success?


172 posted on 09/23/2005 10:16:38 AM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: Cboldt
Of course the levees are breached. You could see it from the video on fox. It was obvious that is was not just over topping. Besides how long can an earthen dam be over topped before it falls apart. NOT LONG.
173 posted on 09/23/2005 10:16:39 AM PDT by Revel
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To: hummingbird
Wonder how many "Ratherisms" he was able to squeeze in before they let him go.

I don't know, but I bet they went over like a Satan burger with a side of Hell fries at a so-strict-they-think-heaven's-sinful Southern Fried Baptist Bible Revival and Gospel turkey shoot...

174 posted on 09/23/2005 10:16:44 AM PDT by talleyman (Moose lips sink ships.)
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To: Xenalyte
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!

Sounds like the proverbial Calm Before the Storm. Hope you folks all stay safe out there.

175 posted on 09/23/2005 10:16:51 AM PDT by Ryan Spock (Nashville, TN)
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To: Moose4
Where's Stephanie Abrams, and is she wearing her usual tight T-shirt and baseball cap?

Galveston, and at last check yes.

176 posted on 09/23/2005 10:16:52 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: Eaker

Hang in there. Godspeed


177 posted on 09/23/2005 10:16:56 AM PDT by NautiNurse (The task before us is enormous, but so is the heart of America.)
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To: NautiNurse

eye has clouded over on satlelite, sign of weakening...alos a huge north movement almost a NNW movement past 90 min


178 posted on 09/23/2005 10:17:10 AM PDT by janetjanet998
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To: ekwd

I-45 is moving at posted speed limits. Contraflow is no longer in place.


179 posted on 09/23/2005 10:17:10 AM PDT by ARealMothersSonForever (The Land o' Gar (yes I have a gunrack in my truck))
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To: RDTF
12:15 P.M. - Meteorologist Brad Panovich: Homes in the Lower Ninth Ward and St. Bernard Parish can expect 8-9 feet of water from the levee breach.
12:08 P.M. - An Army Corps of Engineers official is blaming today's flooding in New Orleans on an earlier-than-expected storm surge from Hurricane Rita. Brigadier General Robert Crear says contractors are being brought into the city to repair breaches in a patched levee with rocks and sandbags.
11:55 A.M. - St. Bernard Parish Sheriff Jack Stephens says water is coming into the parish quickly and the only way out of the parish will soon by by boat.
11:53 A.M. - WWL-TV Northshore Bureau Chief Mike Ross says water is already beginning to get on the Mandeville Lakefront area. link
180 posted on 09/23/2005 10:17:19 AM PDT by rit
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To: handy

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

Tell them they didn't yell loud enough.
I CAN'T HEAR YOU! : )


181 posted on 09/23/2005 10:17:33 AM PDT by freema (Ready to Rock AND Roll)
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To: pgkdan

Well, looking back we could not have gone back home in an hour and half had there been contraflo on Hwy 59. We bitched for 24 hours why they didn't open the other side (although we would have made it to my sister's house in half the time). We could never have turned around and made it back so easily.


182 posted on 09/23/2005 10:17:36 AM PDT by Lanza ( Houston (Clear Lake), Texas)
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To: Moose4

Agreed. Why watch the Liberal media blame Bush for everything when you can watch TWC and see Stephanie Abrams's and her wet shirt.


183 posted on 09/23/2005 10:18:03 AM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: texianyankee

We're watching the local news. They have N.O. film showing right now.


184 posted on 09/23/2005 10:18:05 AM PDT by kassie
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To: ARealMothersSonForever
I-45 is moving at posted speed limits. Contraflow is no longer in place.

About 18 hours before landfall; not shabby at all despite what the presstitutes will say.

185 posted on 09/23/2005 10:18:06 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: steveegg

Well, then....all we need is a little cold rain...


186 posted on 09/23/2005 10:18:09 AM PDT by abb (Because News Reporting is too important to be left to the Journalists.)
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To: queenkathy
Do you guys flood? What kind of temps does Michigan run in the fall?
187 posted on 09/23/2005 10:18:43 AM PDT by hummingbird (21st Century Newsreporting - "Don't get me started!")
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To: kassie
We're watching the local news. They have N.O. film showing right now.

*Sigh*

188 posted on 09/23/2005 10:19:36 AM PDT by Howlin (Yeah, I'm a BushBot.....so what?)
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To: NautiNurse

Blowing pretty good on Galveston Bay, seas 5ft, wind topicial storm force out of the north. Just closed the bar, very few beer drinkers left here. Will post until I move to the more secure house, watching news and waiting until near hurricane force winds begin.


189 posted on 09/23/2005 10:19:37 AM PDT by jpsb (wILL)
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To: texianyankee

Thanks for that radar...I am in Louisiana...just SE of Lafayette. Needless to say, we're sweating out Rita. I've been lurking since Katrina and I've decided to join in.


190 posted on 09/23/2005 10:19:56 AM PDT by AlleyCat48
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To: Nightshift

ping to 158


191 posted on 09/23/2005 10:20:03 AM PDT by tutstar (OurFlorida.true.ws)
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To: Diddle E. Squat

Yeah, Monday Bastardi had me thinking there would be no Houston Texas left. I was scared to death (of course I may still be since we are staying- I will let you know after the hurricane).

I slept through a category 3. I hope I do the same with this one.


192 posted on 09/23/2005 10:20:05 AM PDT by Lanza ( Houston (Clear Lake), Texas)
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To: steveegg

Is it going both ways now? I hope!!!


193 posted on 09/23/2005 10:20:07 AM PDT by Lemondropkid31 (Conroe, TX)
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To: steveegg
"About 18 hours before landfall; not shabby at all despite what the presstitutes will say."

They'll probably continue to show traffic pics from yesterday morning.
194 posted on 09/23/2005 10:20:28 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: hummingbird

That reporter also asked President Bush "I mean..what can you do?" (I don't know who the reporter was).


195 posted on 09/23/2005 10:20:32 AM PDT by sheikdetailfeather (If you still vote Democrat, you're still stuck on stupid!)
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To: Lemondropkid31

It depends on what TV station you are watching.


196 posted on 09/23/2005 10:20:36 AM PDT by Lanza ( Houston (Clear Lake), Texas)
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To: Lorraine
Same here...when this is all over, Honore should be made press secretary and make his first, and last, call to whoever that *ss was who showed such disrespect.
197 posted on 09/23/2005 10:20:57 AM PDT by hummingbird (21st Century Newsreporting - "Don't get me started!")
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To: rit

that whole area was destroyed...it is near where the barge is sitting...


198 posted on 09/23/2005 10:21:04 AM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: RckyRaCoCo

Whoa - now there's a flashback.


199 posted on 09/23/2005 10:21:08 AM PDT by Tennessee_Bob ("Nac Mac Feegle! The Wee Free Men! Nae king! Nae quin! Nae laird! We willna be fooled again!")
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To: rintense
Believe it or not, I saw a hurricane evac route sign where I live. Where do I live? In West Michigan along the lakeshore. LOL.

Huricane Evac or Nuclear Evac? Well, you are on the windward side of the lake, so....

200 posted on 09/23/2005 10:21:13 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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