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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
Use the links at the top of the thread. It took time to put all of them up there...
Thanks for the threads, wow got home just in time to catch the new one !
Hi, I am anxious for an update.
Still getting storm action from Rita here, so far approx. 4" in my gauge. Had over 6" from Katrina.
It appears the eyewall has reformed. Now what?
I SO wanted that spot.
As usual, thanks for your diligence NN! You're the bomb!
"Hi, I am anxious for an update."
There's a hurricane about to hit Texas. That's it.
I'll rent it to you, how's that?
Still dry here...
Thanks NN! I sure appreciate your work on this.
Getting breezy in Spring, Tx. No rain yet.
No, really. You've got to be kidding me. Oh, Rush just said Rita is currently a Cat 4.
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.
OMG...I almost put Hurricane Katrina in the title...eeesh
I'm sorry, meant to type a Cat 3
I added long range radar loops at the top of the thread. Two of them have the eye already.
Perfectly normal. I've been interchanging the two storms myself with people. Really... the last month seems like one long, on-going hurricane.
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.
So is Houston safer now?
Where are you?
Howdy, and a big thanks from Texas going your way.
I think we are as ready as we're gonna get.
What's with NewO reflooding?
There was no need to call me names and be rude...I simply asked when a new thread was to be started....
Fox news crawl: water cascading into NO ninth ward, St Bernard parish sheriff, "only way out of here is by boat in 5 minutes"
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.
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.
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.
May as well.
I'm going to pay online bills while I still can. I'll check in later.
Car 54 where are you!!
Have no fear. Dan Rather has arrived in Houston. On KHOU live. His words : STEADY
Fox: levees built to hold 7 feet of water, NO water now 7 1/2 feet high...
Ugh! Just saw Dan Blather on KXTA... I had to hit the mute button quickly.
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.
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.
Not at all! After XV Katrina threads, it's a tough habit to break...
halliburton blew up the levees again...
Isn't Dan a little old for this type of reporting?
When do other states usually begin contraflow?
Thanks for the new thread, Nurse. I hope you get a break today before things turn past ugly tonight.
Praying hard for you and all in the path of this storm.