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Skip to comments.Hurricane Rita Live Thread, Part VI
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
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
Lake Charles Long Range Radar Still image, with loop link
Houston/Galveston Long Range Radar Still image, with loop link
Lake Charles Experimental Radar Outages and Delays May Occur
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)
KPLC-TV/DT Lake Charles/Lafayette
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
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 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
Way to herd them "cattle" cowboys.
I've got my "undocumented shopper monitor" badge all shined up.
Might find a sharpie in the mailbox today....
Someone really needs to tell Rush. I don't know him. LOL.
We need somebody to start a dedicated thread. Not it!
Rita's closing her eye because she thinks if she can't see you, then you can't see her.
Does anyone else see the eye practically disappearing on the IR images? :)
You are back! Great to see you again!
wow.. that is a lot of rain! how are you FRiend? long time . You are in fla right?
How in the world can all the forecasters be so wrong? Supposedly a catastrophic storm! Millions evacuated! If this thing fizzles, who in their right mind would ever listen to the "hurricane" experts again? I guess better safe than sorry, but what a mess.
latest Rita news ping
Honore as press secretary. I like it! That White House press corps needs a good disciplinarian. They're terrible!
Manufactured by Hush-a-Boom, Ltd. (a subsidiary of Halliburton, Inc.)
The Frat humor is appreciated and yes, she is hot!
Nice to have you with us. After the storm is gone, stick around & visit the threads (we do a "little bit" more here than weather coverage!)
the nws radar last frame seems to show the eye not perfectly round anymore...
Floyd "fizzled" to a Cat 2 at landfall.
Still caused 4.6 billion in damage and killed 56 people.
Rita will still cause major storm surge along the coast and the inland flooding could well be worse than what we saw with Floyd.
And if Rita had remained a strong Cat 4, it would have killed just about anyone remaining along the coast.
It LOOKS like her eye is closed. But I dont see it moving due north like somebody else said.
The Walmart on 75 in North Dallas is selling out of two things - drinking water and shotgun shells.
Local Krogers are selling water as fast as they can restock it.
I was skimming the thread..thought it read so far 4' in my garage...Whew!!!!
I think the NHC has been saying for a few days that Rita may be downgraded to a Category 3 before landfall.
The due north I think may be a wobble, counting on what I saw last on satellite loop, but it seems to be sucking in a lot of dry air...but at the same time, the se is doing beautiful...she's going to carry a lot of umph still when she goes in.
36hrs ago she was a CAT5 with 175MPH winds and no apparent shear headed for the Central Texas coast. She was Katrina part 2 in every sense of the word. She had pressure reading down near Gilbert range. Hurricanes aren't an exact science by any measure.
Go to www.weather.com and type in the city you want.
Just below it is an hour by hour forecast.
That should tell you what you need to know.
There were several folks on the earlier threads praying, and speculating that this thing would go up to LA and fizzle. Don't remember exactly who. You can bet yer sweet bippy they will re-appear if this hits LA at trop storm strenght or less!
That reporter was David Gregory of NBC per Rush Limbaugh who is playing it right now.
We need to start chanting 'fall apart, fall apart'
I'm looking at the radar link on post 14; to my totally untutored eye, it looks like half the hurricane is gone; south/southeast of the eye, I see nothing but blue (clear sky?). It lools like half a hurricane, not the huge round swirl we've been seeing for four days.
Everybody knows you have to be from the South to understand football.
"How in the world can all the forecasters be so wrong? Supposedly a catastrophic storm! Millions evacuated! If this thing fizzles, who in their right mind would ever listen to the "hurricane" experts again? I guess better safe than sorry, but what a mess."
This was just a test. Rove invented Rita to see if Bush's home state could evacuate better than Blanco's.
"How in the world can all the forecasters be so wrong? "
Beats me, but even we can see the radars.
Im sure they do too and will alter their forecast some at this rate of weakening.
I dont know it its temporary but it looks good to me.
The proof will be in the results.
The issue isn't whether or not people were stuck in traffic for 14 hours. The bottom line is, at the end of the day, did they make it our of harm's way?
Everything else is just static and noise.
gasoline down $0.10 and crude down $1.70 on the nymex..
I watched the FoxNews live footage, but it was looking at the flow from the backside.
Here is a picture of the repair "pre-overtopping. The top look like something other than earthen - and if the entire repair is earthen, then it'll wash down to flush is a matter of a few hours. There is lots of water going over, and plenty of volume if Lake Pontchartrain to keep flowing for hours more.
Trying to track that down. TxDOT still lists one-way only up near Dallas, but they do allow themselves an hour of error. They have lifted the one-way flow closer to Houston.
Doesn't it just make you smile to think about it?
The same thing happened yesterday in Louisiana. The recorded message went to residents of Jefferson parish instead of Jefferson Davis parish.
Just so they can say "Bush overcompensated" because it's Texas.
look at this vortex:
URNT12 KNHC 231730Z
VORTEX DATA MESSAGE
B. 27 DEG 38 MIN N
92 DEG 08 MIN W
F. 180 DEG 124 KT
G. 089 DEG 18 NM
H. 931 MB
I. 16 C/ 2200 M
J. 20 C/ 2653 M
K. 15 C/ NA
L. OPEN SE
O. 1/1 NM
P. NOAA2 WX18A RITA OB 05
MAX FL WIND 124 KT E QUAD 1654Z
FIX AT 8,700 FT PRESSURE ALTITUDE
pressure's up, 931, and flight winds are 124 knots...storm is not what it was yesterday...
They were expected the Houston refineries to be pummelled....it doesnt appear that way.
Saw your posts about the evacuation ordeal and your plans to stay in Pasadena. Most of Pasadena should be safer than Clear Lake (except of course the sliver on the lake and bay), and at a slightly higher elevation. Here are topo maps if you'd like to check, and earlier on this thread posted links to storm surge maps, just search my posting history. Zoom in and out using the sidebar. The lowest 2 levels have the actual height in feet above sea level.
Also at the actual start of this thread is a link to a detailed map of flood zones of all kinds in the Houston area, including Pasadena. Remember, a foot of flood water isn't as dangerous as pounding storm surge with wave action.
45 is clear all the way up. I-10 is clear, 290 is completely clear - AND HAS BEEN SINCE 4AM!
You suggest it, you do it :-)
I just hear on channel two that 45 is north AND south. Yay!
Is the Cat3 forecast too high now?
A nice place to visit, but you'd really want to live here! lol
As disrespectful as this?
September 22, 2005
National Enquirer Says Bush is Drinking
Faced with the biggest crisis of his political life, President Bush has hit the bottle again, The National Enquirer can reveal.
Bush, who said he quit drinking the morning after his 40th birthday, has started boozing amid the Katrina catastrophe.
Family sources have told how the 59-year-old president was caught by First Lady Laura downing a shot of booze at their family ranch in Crawford, Texas, when he learned of the hurricane disaster.
His worried wife yelled at him: Stop, George.