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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:


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)

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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KEYWORDS: hurricane; rita; tropical
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Use the links at the top of the thread. It took time to put all of them up there...

1 posted on 09/23/2005 9:39:07 AM PDT by NautiNurse
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To: kalee; kayak; ken5050; kimmie7; Kretek; LA Woman3; lainie; LBKQ; Letitring; ...

New Thread

2 posted on 09/23/2005 9:40:41 AM PDT by NautiNurse (The task before us is enormous, but so is the heart of America.)
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To: NautiNurse

First!


4 posted on 09/23/2005 9:41:08 AM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: NautiNurse

Thanks for the threads, wow got home just in time to catch the new one !


5 posted on 09/23/2005 9:41:29 AM PDT by Sammie42
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To: NautiNurse

Hi, I am anxious for an update.


6 posted on 09/23/2005 9:41:36 AM PDT by Bahbah (Praying for those in the path of Rita)
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To: NautiNurse

Still getting storm action from Rita here, so far approx. 4" in my gauge. Had over 6" from Katrina.


7 posted on 09/23/2005 9:41:51 AM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: NautiNurse

It appears the eyewall has reformed. Now what?


8 posted on 09/23/2005 9:41:58 AM PDT by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: RedBloodedAmerican

Dang!

I SO wanted that spot.


9 posted on 09/23/2005 9:42:09 AM PDT by Flyer (Houston FReepers ~ http://houstonliberty.com/forums/ ~ (SW Houston)
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To: NautiNurse

As usual, thanks for your diligence NN! You're the bomb!


10 posted on 09/23/2005 9:42:21 AM PDT by N8VTXNinWV
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To: Bahbah

"Hi, I am anxious for an update."

There's a hurricane about to hit Texas. That's it.


11 posted on 09/23/2005 9:42:26 AM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: Flyer

I'll rent it to you, how's that?


12 posted on 09/23/2005 9:43:03 AM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: NautiNurse

Still dry here...


13 posted on 09/23/2005 9:43:05 AM PDT by michigander (The Constitution only guarantees the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.)
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To: NautiNurse; kassie; All
Using intellicast, I can pick up the eye of Rita.... click the link below for the radar loop:

Rita

14 posted on 09/23/2005 9:43:21 AM PDT by texianyankee
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To: NautiNurse

Thanks NN! I sure appreciate your work on this.


15 posted on 09/23/2005 9:43:36 AM PDT by 2Jedismom (Near Tulsa, Oklahoma)
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To: NautiNurse

Getting breezy in Spring, Tx. No rain yet.


16 posted on 09/23/2005 9:43:50 AM PDT by Double Tap
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
There's a hurricane about to hit Texas.

No, really. You've got to be kidding me. Oh, Rush just said Rita is currently a Cat 4.

17 posted on 09/23/2005 9:43:57 AM PDT by Bahbah (Praying for those in the path of Rita)
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Ch.11's Dr. Frank:

No sign yet of a turn further to the north, current track brings the eye over or just east of Galveston. May indeed come in at Galveston instead of Port Arthur. NHC is still calling for a High Island landfall, around 2am.

Galveston news conference:

If a High Island hit, Galveston is expecting 75-90mph winds, the worst likely from 8pm-midnight. 7' surge level on the island.


18 posted on 09/23/2005 9:43:57 AM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Flyer

OMG...I almost put Hurricane Katrina in the title...eeesh


19 posted on 09/23/2005 9:43:57 AM PDT by NautiNurse (The task before us is enormous, but so is the heart of America.)
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To: RedBloodedAmerican
Dang price gouger - taking advantage of storm victims already!
20 posted on 09/23/2005 9:44:17 AM PDT by Flyer (Houston FReepers ~ http://houstonliberty.com/forums/ ~ (SW Houston)
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To: Bahbah

I'm sorry, meant to type a Cat 3


21 posted on 09/23/2005 9:44:32 AM PDT by Bahbah (Praying for those in the path of Rita)
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To: texianyankee

I added long range radar loops at the top of the thread. Two of them have the eye already.


22 posted on 09/23/2005 9:44:53 AM PDT by NautiNurse (The task before us is enormous, but so is the heart of America.)
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To: NautiNurse

Perfectly normal. I've been interchanging the two storms myself with people. Really... the last month seems like one long, on-going hurricane.


23 posted on 09/23/2005 9:45:32 AM PDT by Types_with_Fist (I'm on FReep so often that when I read an article at another site I scroll down for the comments.)
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To: Flyer

Better decide quick. It's going on ebay in 5 minutes...
looks like the oil refineries in Houston might mss a direct hit and get the west/weaker side.


24 posted on 09/23/2005 9:46:02 AM PDT by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: NautiNurse

So is Houston safer now?


25 posted on 09/23/2005 9:46:15 AM PDT by rintense
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To: RedBloodedAmerican

Where are you?


26 posted on 09/23/2005 9:46:30 AM PDT by Stayingawayfromthedarkside (The stink you smell are the liberals fuming after Ann speaks!!!)
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To: NautiNurse; Dog Gone; Eaker; TheMom; humblegunner; HoustonCurmudgeon; thackney; dix

Howdy, and a big thanks from Texas going your way.

I think we are as ready as we're gonna get.


27 posted on 09/23/2005 9:46:40 AM PDT by Flyer (Houston FReepers ~ http://houstonliberty.com/forums/ ~ (SW Houston)
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To: Types_with_Fist

What's with NewO reflooding?


28 posted on 09/23/2005 9:46:43 AM PDT by GOPJ (When incentives are switched, patterns change. Until then, it's same old, same old.)
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To: NautiNurse

There was no need to call me names and be rude...I simply asked when a new thread was to be started....


29 posted on 09/23/2005 9:47:15 AM PDT by Fawn (Try not--do or do not.)
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To: 2Jedismom

Me, too.


30 posted on 09/23/2005 9:47:16 AM PDT by MamaB (mom to an angel-HSV, AL)
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To: RedBloodedAmerican

Fox news crawl: water cascading into NO ninth ward, St Bernard parish sheriff, "only way out of here is by boat in 5 minutes"


31 posted on 09/23/2005 9:47:19 AM PDT by IndyTiger
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To: NautiNurse
I almost put Hurricane Katrina in the title

Please don't tell me us Texans are reminding you of the Katrina refugees!

I know, the media is trying to overpower you with Katrina.

32 posted on 09/23/2005 9:47:54 AM PDT by Wneighbor (anyway, they left for mexico monday.)
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To: NautiNurse

Evacuations are, by their nature, difficult and disruptive at best. It does sound like TX made some mistakes with this one, even with the example of Katrina right in front of them! (For example, waiting all night before reversing direction on the main road out of town, closing auxiliary roads, etc.)

This is why govt's hesitate to order them, and why people hesitate to obey the order. Evacuations are not to be taken on lightly.

Especially in areas that experience lots of hurricanes, we need to weigh the specifics of each situation, and order/suggest evacuation only when warranted. Otherwise people start 'turning off' the evacuation notices!

Prayers to all.


33 posted on 09/23/2005 9:48:06 AM PDT by Shazolene
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To: NautiNurse; Eaker
Locked and loaded, ready for power outage.

I had to loot some sidearm rounds and cat food from Eaker
but we're trying to get him to quit eating cat food anyway.

34 posted on 09/23/2005 9:48:43 AM PDT by humblegunner (If you're gonna die, die with your boots on.)
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To: NautiNurse
OMG...I almost put Hurricane Katrina in the title...eeesh

May as well.

35 posted on 09/23/2005 9:48:43 AM PDT by SouthTexas (Refugio County)
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To: GOPJ
Levee broke. It was built to hold 7 feet of water and it is now 7 1/2 feet.
36 posted on 09/23/2005 9:48:46 AM PDT by MamaB (mom to an angel-HSV, AL)
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To: Flyer

I'm going to pay online bills while I still can. I'll check in later.


37 posted on 09/23/2005 9:48:50 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: 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.

Car 54 where are you!!

38 posted on 09/23/2005 9:49:01 AM PDT by cynicalman
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To: All

Have no fear. Dan Rather has arrived in Houston. On KHOU live. His words : STEADY


39 posted on 09/23/2005 9:49:37 AM PDT by MarineMom613 (My Son is MY Hero!!!!!)
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To: IndyTiger

Fox: levees built to hold 7 feet of water, NO water now 7 1/2 feet high...


40 posted on 09/23/2005 9:49:38 AM PDT by IndyTiger
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To: NautiNurse

Ugh! Just saw Dan Blather on KXTA... I had to hit the mute button quickly.


41 posted on 09/23/2005 9:49:43 AM PDT by publana (yes, I checked the preview box without previewing)
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To: NautiNurse
Oh my...they've brought Dan Rather out to reminisce about Carla.
42 posted on 09/23/2005 9:49:51 AM PDT by hummingbird (21st Century Newsreporting - "Don't get me started!")
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To: NautiNurse

The latest IR loop looks to have a pretty significant turn to the NNE. Perhpas it is just a wobble, but it looks like a turn.


43 posted on 09/23/2005 9:49:57 AM PDT by Jeff Head (www.dragonsfuryseries.com)
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To: Shazolene

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.


44 posted on 09/23/2005 9:50:11 AM PDT by rintense
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To: Wneighbor
Please don't tell me us Texans are reminding you of the Katrina refugees!

Not at all! After XV Katrina threads, it's a tough habit to break...

45 posted on 09/23/2005 9:50:14 AM PDT by NautiNurse (The task before us is enormous, but so is the heart of America.)
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To: GOPJ

halliburton blew up the levees again...


46 posted on 09/23/2005 9:50:14 AM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: MarineMom613

Isn't Dan a little old for this type of reporting?


47 posted on 09/23/2005 9:50:25 AM PDT by sarasota
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To: Shazolene

When do other states usually begin contraflow?


48 posted on 09/23/2005 9:50:28 AM PDT by ekwd (Murphy's Law Has Not Been Repealed)
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To: NautiNurse

Thanks for the new thread, Nurse. I hope you get a break today before things turn past ugly tonight.


49 posted on 09/23/2005 9:50:42 AM PDT by Unknown Freeper (Doing my part...)
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To: Dog Gone

Praying hard for you and all in the path of this storm.


50 posted on 09/23/2005 9:51:11 AM PDT by sheikdetailfeather (If you still vote Democrat, you're still stuck on stupid!)
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