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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
The poll needs bumping! Currently,
Misguided environmentalists for blocking new oil production and refinery construction is in 3rd place.
Bob Riley (Governor of Alabama) ordered a mandatory evacuation of Mobile and Baldwin counties for hurricane Dennis...it turned east and we had minimum effects. He's still taking heat for that move.
"the * admin is all about culling the 'useless' population so that there is no longer a tax burden."
And rita has not even hit.
A lot better than over Houston, if you want to talk about absolute damage...more wetlands involved to handle storm surge, not nearly as many people, but it will still hurt when it comes in.
what trains are running in NO now?
I'm sure the media's rushing to give Bush credit for strong arming Naggin to rescind his repopulation order. NOT!
At 1 PM CDT...1800z...the center of Hurricane Rita was located near
latitude 27.8 north...longitude 92.2 west or about 190 miles
southeast of Galveston Texas and about 175 miles southeast of
Port Arthur Texas.
Rita is moving toward the northwest near 10 mph and this motion is
expected to continue during the next 24 hours. On this track...the
core of Rita will make landfall near the southwest Louisiana and
Upper Texas coasts early Saturday.
Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 125 mph with higher
gusts. Rita is now a category three hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson
scale. A further slow weakening is possible before landfall...but
Rita is still expected to come ashore as a dangerous hurricane.
Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 85 miles from the
center...and tropical storm force winds extend outward up
to 205 miles. An elevated platform on Isle denieres near the
south-central Louisiana coast just reported sustained winds of 58
Latest minimum central pressure reported by an Air Force
reconnaissance plane was 931 mb...27.49 inches.
Wherever it would do the least damage is close enough for me (I'd prefer nowhere, but that's not going to happen).
That poll is just UNbelievable!
What morons! Where's the "Free market" choice?
If SUVs and George Bush are to blame, then why is Europe paying so much more than us?
Thanks dear FRiend. What's your weather like right now?
We're overcast and BREEZY.
Nope. Love Bugs. They are black bugs with big orange eyes that attach themselves to a "mate". Therein, love bugs. They will cover your window and grill in a heartbeat.
I heard one refinery hasnt shut down in 38 years!
Don't bother complaining to NBC or your local NBC station. Write down the names of some of the local advertisers on the local NBC station and complain to them saying that you will not see their advertising on NBC because you no longer watch NBC.
"While your at it---can you take a minute and pay mine too..>? LOL"
I'll be glad to do it. Just give me your account number, logon name and password. Do, please, ignore any payments you don't recognize.
Don't underestimate a cat 3 storm though...
Category Three Hurricane:
Winds 111-130 mph (96-113 kt or 178-209 km/hr). Storm surge generally 9-12 ft above normal. Some structural damage to small residences and utility buildings with a minor amount of curtainwall failures. Damage to shrubbery and trees with foliage blown off trees and large trees blown down. Mobile homes and poorly constructed signs are destroyed. Low-lying escape routes are cut by rising water 3-5 hours before arrival of the center of the hurricane. Flooding near the coast destroys smaller structures with larger structures damaged by battering from floating debris. Terrain continuously lower than 5 ft above mean sea level may be flooded inland 8 miles (13 km) or more. Evacuation of low-lying residences with several blocks of the shoreline may be required. Hurricanes Jeanne and Ivan of 2004 were Category Three hurricanes when they made landfall in Florida and in Alabama, respectively.
And this will have a bigger than normal storm surge cause it was a Cat 5 storm earlier.
But every little bit helps!
We're preparing for it all.
Boarded up windows. Stocked food and water. Plenty of ammo.We put an ax in the attic, just encase. My photos are the only thing I've packed, they're the only thing. Everything else can just float away.
Shep has been installed in Port Arthur TX, right where the eye will make landfall. Should be interesting right up until their satellite antenna blows away and the cell towers go under. Then we can watch old file footage while they search for Shep.
See #379. While the winds are a LOT better, the surge is still going to be on the capital-U side of ugly.
Thanks, for some reason the eye isnt very clear on the visible or IR images. It was all morning.. At least she is weakening somewhat.
Nope, see this: http://cricket.biol.sc.edu/luvbug.html
Naaa... I can tell you're from better stock than that! LOL Hugs to you.
My girlfriend called me that was headed to San Antonio. They turned around and went to Corpus!
Would you believe I have been planning for a long time to head down to Corpus this weekend to spend some time in a sailboat on the gulf with some old friends? Guess what.. LOL.. I'm still sitting at home in central Texas.
My family evacuated Houston for hurricane Carla and the highways were crowded then too - but even though we only had 2 lane highways think of the difference in the population between then and now.
""fizzle" is not a word I would apply"
Then what about "fo shizzle", my dizzle?
The funniest thing is that most of these enviro whack jobs drive SUV's themselves. They just can't stand the fact that "the little people" drive them too.
I know--but it is very encouraging to see it down to a Cat 3 and NOT over Galveston or Houston. But--like you said--still will hurt, so am still praying--hard!!
Here in north Utah, it's comfy, about 70, partly cloudy. Felt like rain earlier today, and the mountains are full of maple turning red.
But now I am worried less about my brother and more about my Grandma's house in Shreveport...that area is supposed to get seriously, seriously drenched after the storm comes in...
If I saw a storm that looked like this storm looked yesterday, I wouldn't underestimate it in the future. Am not now either.
Hopefully, it will even decrease to a CAT 2 by landfall. Anything less than that is probably just wishful thinking.
Has Shep started rounding up evacuees on a bridge so he can stand in front of them waving a staff yelling 'Let my people go!'?
We run into that problem here. Every year we get threatened but rarely get slammed. Many like me still prepare but I also hear, things like it always turns or goes to Mexico. We've been thru the tropical winds, no big deal etc.
At this link, click "Trop Fcst Pts" for latest forcast hurricane path.
Me too. Stayed home today to pray and watch.
A thread of prayers for those in the storm.
Don't tell me they left rail cars in NOLA this time.
Syntyr here from West Houston - Memorial Locked and Loaded as well. A little wind right now and thats it.
The media hype of hurricanes is what confuses the public. I was in New Orleans for a conference several years ago and they hyped this hurricane that was coming, everyone was frightened, Dan Rather came down to cover it. It fizzled and was just some rain and wind.
I wonder if this is why it was so hard to get the people to take it seriously when it actually did hit.
The truth is a lot of these hurricznes fizzle out. Media hype doesn't educate the public about what is real and what is hype.
The media is so critical of everyone else, I want them to look at their own shameful performance during this crisis.
Those 2 clowns that do the Fox Show looked so disappointed that the storm is down to a 3.
Look close, they're butt ended to each other.
I voted 3 as well... and yes I believe it. They think he has these godly powers at the same time they think he's stupid. Logic is lost on them. Even my Dem mom said "How can ANYONE blame a hurricane on a person?" when I told her people were blaming Bush for Katrina.
Hey, 95 people (when I voted) blame ME (selfish SUV driver)! LOL
NE Texas Coastal County Flood Gauges:
Brazoria (S of Downtown Houston; SE of Galveston (includes Friendswood, Alvin & Freeport))
Chambers (E of Downtown Houston (rural - includes High Island, Stowell & Winnie))
Fort Bend (SW of Downtown Houston (includes Sugar Land))
Galveston (Galveston-Texas City-League City)
Jefferson (Beaumont-Port Arthur)
Liberty (NE of Downtown Houston (rural - includes Liberty & Cleveland)
Matagorda (SW of Galveston & Brazoria along coast)
Montgomery (N or Houston (includes The Woodlands, Spring & Conroe))
Orange (NE of Beaumont-Port Arthur (includes Orange))
LOL I like Shep though it's still funny.
"what trains are running in NO now?"
The ones taking our tax money and relief supplies to the corrupt Louisana politicians. Do you have any idea how many boxcars it takes to move $60 Billion? Even in large bills, that is a lot of freight.
Right now just hope it keeps moving and is not one of those that just sits in one place , even a cat 1 is real bad then.
its no problem, the media has the levee break in NO to cover now.
This storm has yet to take that northerly turn, if it does not turn soon Harris county will get it full throtle. Nobody let your gaurg down and hope it does not stall and further complicate things,
I wish I could move there.
Thanks--I knew the song was from HAIR--but I never could remember its name.
We came back to Kennesaw from Gulf Shores on Monday. The guys at the car wash couldn't believe what they saw on the front of the car.
Surfer Arrested Off Shore Of Galveston As Rita Approaches