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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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To: hummingbird
they've brought Dan Rather out to reminisce about Carla.

They've brought him out of mothballs...

51 posted on 09/23/2005 9:51:11 AM PDT by NautiNurse (The task before us is enormous, but so is the heart of America.)
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To: GOPJ
What's with NewO reflooding?

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.

52 posted on 09/23/2005 9:51:11 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: Shazolene

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.


53 posted on 09/23/2005 9:51:26 AM PDT by spycatcher
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To: NautiNurse

Thanks again, for all you do.


54 posted on 09/23/2005 9:52:04 AM PDT by bwteim (Begin With The End In Mind)
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To: RedBloodedAmerican

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.


55 posted on 09/23/2005 9:52:09 AM PDT by dandelion (Location: A Stone's Throw Due East of Waco, (Deliberately Vague Because My Husband Is Paranoid))
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To: Flyer; Dog Gone; LA Woman3; All

Did you read the last sentence at the top of the thread summary?


56 posted on 09/23/2005 9:52:39 AM PDT by NautiNurse (The task before us is enormous, but so is the heart of America.)
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To: IndyTiger

MSNBC news: President Bush heading to Texas...


57 posted on 09/23/2005 9:52:47 AM PDT by IndyTiger
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To: NautiNurse

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.


58 posted on 09/23/2005 9:52:52 AM PDT by Letitring
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To: Wneighbor

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!


59 posted on 09/23/2005 9:53:05 AM PDT by Lanza ( Houston (Clear Lake), Texas)
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To: dandelion

What are the worst 3's in history?


60 posted on 09/23/2005 9:53:17 AM PDT by Dallas59 (“You love life, while we love death.” - Al-Qaeda / Democratic Party)
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To: ekwd

Contraflow is not a time "when". When the first response is in place, and when the resources are deployed, then contraflow happens in Texas. Other states have very different conditions.


61 posted on 09/23/2005 9:53:23 AM PDT by ARealMothersSonForever (The Land o' Gar (yes I have a gunrack in my truck))
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To: Pnut

Friday mid-day thread


62 posted on 09/23/2005 9:53:41 AM PDT by Unknown Freeper (Doing my part...)
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To: rintense
LOL...does Michigan ever have hurricanes?! I always think of snowstorms upnorth but not hurricanes.
63 posted on 09/23/2005 9:53:52 AM PDT by hummingbird (21st Century Newsreporting - "Don't get me started!")
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If you live in the storm surge danger area, YOU CAN STILL EVACUATE. Very little traffic on the roads, check for yourself on the traffic cameras:

http://traffic.houstontranstar.org/cameras/camtext.aspx

And the traffic speed maps:

http://traffic.houstontranstar.org/layers/

The northernmost camera on I-45 is very close to the choke point where the freeway narrows from 4 lanes northbound to 2. So while there may be backups further north, it is nothing like yesterday (8 lanes stop and go at 2am this morning) and you will be able to stay ahead of the storm. I-45 is open now past the bus accident site, which is just south of Dallas. If you are unsure of your safety in a storm surge, LEAVE! Storm surge is the big killer.

Here are storm surge maps to doublecheck:

http://www.srh.noaa.gov/hgx/tropical/evac_map/gifs/


64 posted on 09/23/2005 9:54:41 AM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: NautiNurse
After XV Katrina threads, it's a tough habit to break...

Yes ma'am, and you do such a wonderful job, although I only lurked on the other ones - you know the ones that WEREN'T possibly going to run through my back yard!

65 posted on 09/23/2005 9:54:46 AM PDT by Wneighbor (anyway, they left for mexico monday.)
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To: IndyTiger

More specifically, Bush is going to San Antonio...his words "assist state and local people, won't get in the way of operations, will observe relationship between state and federal assets"


66 posted on 09/23/2005 9:54:59 AM PDT by IndyTiger
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To: hummingbird
The remnants come up here from time to time. Oh geez, did anyone hear the jackass ask the President what the point of him being there is, and that its over compensation for him doing nothing in NO????? What an a$$hole.
67 posted on 09/23/2005 9:55:13 AM PDT by rintense
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To: hummingbird

Need to watch out for those tropical depressions that form over Lake Superior. Rains ICE!


68 posted on 09/23/2005 9:55:15 AM PDT by milagro
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To: NautiNurse

I'm in the northeast Texas area and my mother expects me to drive her to DFW airport Sunday for a 5 AM flight to Tampa. Any ideas what the weather is going to be like? I've tried to talk her into leaving on Saturday but she wants to leave on Sunday. She has business in Tampa on Monday, it's not a pleasure trip she can reschedule.


69 posted on 09/23/2005 9:55:24 AM PDT by libsl (I'm just sayin'....)
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To: Types_with_Fist

Exactly...While Rita was a Cat5, she managed to pile up a lot of water, and some of it is putting the strain on the levees in NO...but it's not the main storm surge...that's probably going to hit between Beaumont and Vermillion Bay...


70 posted on 09/23/2005 9:55:35 AM PDT by Knitting A Conundrum (Act Justly, Love Mercy, and Walk Humbly With God Micah 6:8)
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To: dandelion

An idiot reporter just asked President Bush if plans to get in the way in Texas! STUCK ON STUPID AGAIN!!! President Bush said he will make sure he and his staff do not get in the way!!!


71 posted on 09/23/2005 9:55:35 AM PDT by sheikdetailfeather (If you still vote Democrat, you're still stuck on stupid!)
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To: spycatcher

Well, for one, I'm here. With my family. And every family on our street but one.


72 posted on 09/23/2005 9:56:03 AM PDT by Iwo Jima (west Houston/Memorial)
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To: Dog Gone
I'm going to pay online bills while I still can. I'll check in later.

While your at it---can you take a minute and pay mine too..>? LOL

73 posted on 09/23/2005 9:56:27 AM PDT by queenkathy (Dear God, I have a problem; it's me.)
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To: All

Some jerk0ff reporter just asked President Bush if there wasn't a chance that he and his entourage will get in the way when they visit the Houston area today?

So if he comes a day late, they say "why were you late when we needed you so bad".

And if he comes early, they say "won't you be getting in the way".

F'ers!


74 posted on 09/23/2005 9:56:40 AM PDT by uncitizen
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

Right. Unfortunately for New Orleans, however, they could not handle much of a surge at all.


75 posted on 09/23/2005 9:56:59 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: milagro

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
When the skies of November turn gloomy.....


76 posted on 09/23/2005 9:57:27 AM PDT by RckyRaCoCo ("When you have to shoot, shoot, don't talk!")
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To: Iwo Jima

My goodfriend lives in Memorial, and we would have gone to her house, but she left. She headed to College Station.


77 posted on 09/23/2005 9:57:53 AM PDT by Lanza ( Houston (Clear Lake), Texas)
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To: Knitting A Conundrum

Fox news interviewing 82nd Airborne commander Bill Cauldwell, says levee "structural failure, not just spillover". Concerned about levees on other side of canal.


78 posted on 09/23/2005 9:58:02 AM PDT by IndyTiger
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To: IndyTiger

Since the President is heading to Texas, does that mean that CindySheeeeeeeeehan will follow?


79 posted on 09/23/2005 9:58:12 AM PDT by queenkathy (Dear God, I have a problem; it's me.)
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To: Diddle E. Squat

They reversed the contraflow lanes back...


80 posted on 09/23/2005 9:58:17 AM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: rintense

James Lee Witt did that on Hillary's dictate.


81 posted on 09/23/2005 9:58:22 AM PDT by freema (Ready to Rock AND Roll)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

The media sicken me. If Bush takes a low profile, they say he is asleep at the wheel, detached, indifferent, etc.; if he takes a higher profile, they say he's getting in the way, showboating, compensating, etc.


82 posted on 09/23/2005 9:58:27 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: libsl

Sunday weather is a tough call at this point. There are some reports that the storm may stall. Will have a better idea by Saturday afternoon/evening.


83 posted on 09/23/2005 9:58:27 AM PDT by NautiNurse (The task before us is enormous, but so is the heart of America.)
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To: hummingbird

We will get rain here in Michigan. Lots of it prob for the next several days.


84 posted on 09/23/2005 9:59:21 AM PDT by queenkathy (Dear God, I have a problem; it's me.)
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To: uncitizen

LOL - President Bush swung around when asked that question and I was almost expecting him to ask that idiot reporter if he was stuck on stupid. I really wish he had!


85 posted on 09/23/2005 9:59:34 AM PDT by Lorraine
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To: libsl

Pretty good chance DFW will be closed both days. I think if she wanted to go to Tampa at all, the time was yesterday.


86 posted on 09/23/2005 9:59:44 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves ("Violence never settles anything." Genghis Khan, 1162-1227)
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To: NautiNurse

Eckels on TV now saying the risk is now around HWY 59 where we were literally parked all day yesterday.


87 posted on 09/23/2005 9:59:44 AM PDT by Lanza ( Houston (Clear Lake), Texas)
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To: NautiNurse

Thank you, NN!


88 posted on 09/23/2005 9:59:45 AM PDT by squarebarb
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To: texianyankee

That's a great link -- just what I was looking for.


89 posted on 09/23/2005 10:00:03 AM PDT by Cedar
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To: NautiNurse

bttt.


90 posted on 09/23/2005 10:00:18 AM PDT by Deguello
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To: humblegunner

Last night, wal mart was totally sold out of ammo...hell, they didn't even have B-B's.
We'll just have to make due with a about three thousand rounds. :-)


91 posted on 09/23/2005 10:00:27 AM PDT by processing please hold (Islam and Christianity do not mix ----9-11 taught us that)
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To: IndyTiger; NautiNurse

>>>Fox news interviewing 82nd Airborne commander Bill Cauldwell, says levee "structural failure, not just spillover". Concerned about levees on other side of canal.

My local radio just said stock trading is going up because Rita isn't going to cause as much damage as initially feared.

Dang, I'm glad I have another source for news.

I even checked these threads last night with the impression that Rita was breaking up. Remember NN?


92 posted on 09/23/2005 10:00:41 AM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: BurbankKarl

Yes, because it is no longer needed.


93 posted on 09/23/2005 10:01:17 AM PDT by Diddle E. Squat
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To: BurbankKarl
halliburton blew up the levees again...

You're not supposed to tell - that's double-dog secret!

"Louisiana, Louisianne... They're trying to wash us away, they're trying to wash us away..." - Randy Newman

94 posted on 09/23/2005 10:02:49 AM PDT by talleyman (Moose lips sink ships.)
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To: Calpernia

Rita remains a strong cat 4 according to Fox...


95 posted on 09/23/2005 10:02:56 AM PDT by IndyTiger
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To: Calpernia

What's causing the new NO flooding? Are there heavy rains there already?


96 posted on 09/23/2005 10:03:07 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: IndyTiger
I've already written and posted an article that's based on the inevitable re-flooding of New Orleans. I expected re-flooding to occur within three years or so, not three weeks. But Mother Nature is a b*tch. Click below.

Congressman Billybob

Latest column: "The Hart-Miller Future of New Orleans"

97 posted on 09/23/2005 10:03:14 AM PDT by Congressman Billybob (This Freeper was linked for the 2nd time by Rush Limbaugh today (9/13/05). Hoohah!)
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To: IndyTiger

Is Shepard Smith in town?


98 posted on 09/23/2005 10:03:19 AM PDT by Lanza ( Houston (Clear Lake), Texas)
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To: Lanza

Shep was in Galveston yesterday!


99 posted on 09/23/2005 10:03:58 AM PDT by texianyankee
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To: Steve_Seattle

storm surge over the levees....


100 posted on 09/23/2005 10:04:04 AM PDT by BurbankKarl
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