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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
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.
They've brought him out of mothballs...
The levees were fragile as it was. Plus it's raining and, apparently -- although there is no definitive word yet on what kind -- at least one damaged levy has been breeched (over the top as some are saying). There was also a report of "seepage" at a levy yesterday. But all of this cannot be do to just rain. The surge from Rita must be closer and higher for NO than they can handle. Word was that 3 inches of rain was all the levees could handle and, obviously, we've surpassed that much already.
The mistake was Blanco allowing the looting during Katrina, which caused people in higher areas of Houston to panic just as much as low areas.
Who wants to stick around in Houston and hope opportunistic gangs aren't lying in wait ready to loot, rape, kill for drugs, etc.
Thanks again, for all you do.
Looking at the the mapping, we're expecting heavy inland flooding possible here. I'm not sure what's going to happen next, appears to be a little northward job according to Lyons on TWC...
Even if it weakens, will still be at a three according to Lyons.
Did you read the last sentence at the top of the thread summary?
MSNBC news: President Bush heading to Texas...
Nauti, thanks so much for the new thread and for all the threads. I appreciate your hard work.
I'm lurking but leaving the posting to those in harms way. If I hear anything important or helpful, I'll post it.
Being stuck on highway 146 and 59 for 24 hours I started thinking "oh no I am going to turn into a hurricane Katrina refugee!"
My girlfriend called me that was headed to San Antonio. They turned around and went to Corpus!
What are the worst 3's in history?