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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
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?
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.
Friday mid-day thread
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:
And the traffic speed maps:
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:
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!
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"
Need to watch out for those tropical depressions that form over Lake Superior. Rains ICE!
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.
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...
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!!!
Well, for one, I'm here. With my family. And every family on our street but one.
While your at it---can you take a minute and pay mine too..>? LOL
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".
Right. Unfortunately for New Orleans, however, they could not handle much of a surge at all.
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.....
My goodfriend lives in Memorial, and we would have gone to her house, but she left. She headed to College Station.
Fox news interviewing 82nd Airborne commander Bill Cauldwell, says levee "structural failure, not just spillover". Concerned about levees on other side of canal.
Since the President is heading to Texas, does that mean that CindySheeeeeeeeehan will follow?
They reversed the contraflow lanes back...
James Lee Witt did that on Hillary's dictate.
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.
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.
We will get rain here in Michigan. Lots of it prob for the next several days.
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!
Pretty good chance DFW will be closed both days. I think if she wanted to go to Tampa at all, the time was yesterday.
Eckels on TV now saying the risk is now around HWY 59 where we were literally parked all day yesterday.
Thank you, NN!
That's a great link -- just what I was looking for.
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. :-)
>>>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?
Yes, because it is no longer needed.
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
Rita remains a strong cat 4 according to Fox...
What's causing the new NO flooding? Are there heavy rains there already?
Is Shepard Smith in town?
Shep was in Galveston yesterday!
storm surge over the levees....