Continuous Hurricane Rita Coverage (Sticky Post)
The Category 3 storm -- packing winds of 120 mph -- lashed the Texas and Louisiana coasts for hours before landfall, and first pre-dawn damage was reported in several locations, including Galveston, Texas, and Lake Charles, Louisiana.
New Orleans, LA
It is being reported that the heores of the Houston Fire Department, in the midst of this hurricane, are battling fires during the storm....the same is being reported in Galveston.
MSNBC's Hurricanes' Havoc: "Seeking Solace"
In SouthWest Louisiana...Hurricane Rita's eyewall, containing wind gusts of at least 90 to 115 mph, has absolutely punished coastal and interior areas of southwest Louisiana along with portions of Jefferson and Orange counties across the border in Texas. Hurricane Rita made landfall at 2:30 am CDT just east of the Texas/Louisiana border in western Cameron Parish between Sabine Pass and Johnson's Bayou. With the likelihood of a tremendous surge along with the torrential rain, there were immediate reports of flooding in Cameron and Lake Charles, Louisiana. In fact, there is almost no doubt that a powerful surge has overcome a good portion of Cameron Parish, Louisiana.
Optimistic Outlook! Hurricane Rita with 125-mph winds is now a Category 3 storm. Drier mid-level air from over the continent to the north and west of the hurricane is being entrained into the system, disrupting the eyewall core. Rita continues to successively reorganize its eye but the overall effect is to steadily weaken the hurricane. Rita is still a major hurricane but every little of weakening helps.
"Overall Tendency is for Rita to Weaken Gradually..."
Pushed To The Brink.....AGAIN!!
Hurricane Rita's steady rains sent water pouring through breaches in a patched levee Friday, cascading into one of the city's lowest-lying neighborhoods in a devastating repeat of New Orleans' flooding nightmare.
Houston & Galveston May Not Be In Direct Path! Hurricane Rita closed in on the Texas Gulf Coast and the heart of the U.S. oil-refining industry with howling 140 mph winds Thursday, but a sharper-than-expected turn to the right set it on a course that could spare Houston and nearby Galveston a direct hit.
The CatHouse Chat and The Donkey Stomp reminded me of something we ALL need to keep in mind. As Hurricane Rita approaches Texas and Lousiana, let us all submit a "Prayer for those in the path of Rita" because this is "Another Time for Prayer."
Environmentalist Cannot Wait to Gnash Their Teeth - "This is global warming, says environmental chief" Super-powerful hurricanes now hitting the United States are the "smoking gun" of global warming, one of Britain's leading scientists believes.Can Louisiana Stand Fast?
Some areas of southwest Louisiana are already experiencing Hurricane Rita's outer bands despite the predicted landfall not expected until Saturday.
Forecasters Are Correct, Thus Far...
Rita downgraded to
Category 4 - Hurricane Rita weakened to a Category 4storm with winds at 150 miles per hour but remained an extremely dangerous storm, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said Thursday afternoon. It forecast the storm would hit near the Houston area, the heart of the U.S. oil industry, as a dangerous hurricane of at least Category 3 intensity early Saturday.
The Category 5 storm weakened slightly Thursday morning, and forecasters said it could be down to a Category 3 _ meaning winds as high as 130 mph _ by the time it comes ashore late Friday or early Saturday. But it could still be a dangerous storm _ one aimed straight at a section of coastline with the nation's biggest concentration of oil refineries.
The Daily Blogster picked up on a story that should be of interest to many of my readers. It seems as though an outlet of the MSM has given legitimacy to the blogosphere as a vehicle for promulgating the news of the day. This is the only explanation that I could come to other than the fact that they are just too cowardly to do their own jobs. Makeup your own mind at "The Houston Chronicle Encouraging Bloggers to Stay?"
Rita Could Be Strongest Storm to Hit Texas - Gaining strength with frightening speed, Hurricane Rita swirled toward the Gulf Coast a Category 5, 175-mph monster Wednesday as more than 1.3 million people in Texas and Louisiana were sent packing on orders from authorities who learned a bitter lesson from Katrina.
Rita Upgraded To Category 5 Storm!!
(Hat Tip: Gina's Rantings)
Cat. 5 Status is Quite Difficult to Maintain,
"If there is any good news at this point, it is the fact that it is very difficult for a hurricane to maintain category 5 status for any lengthy period of time. Near-perfect to perfect atmospheric conditions are necessary for a category 5 hurricane to exist and these "perfect" conditions are first - difficult to come by and second - do not remain in place for a long period of time. So although Rita is currently a category 5 hurricane, fluctuations in intensity is likely. That being said, it is almost a certainty that Rita will make landfall as a large, intense, major hurricane with impacts extending well away from the center."
-Galveston County officials are planning a mandatory evacuation.
(Mandatory Evac Tomorrow) -Houston Mayor calls for partial evacuation. -Governor Rick Perry calling for "voluntary" evacuations throughout east Texas...
Local Texas Bloggers Cover Hurricane Rita Coverage:
Blogs of War (Houston)
Houston's Clear Thinkers (Houston)
Liberty's Blog (Galveston)
As noted by the Houston Chronicle's Huricane Rita blog, hotel rooms as far away as Oklahoma are beginning to fill up.
Rose Rougeau, spokesperson for AAA Texas, said early this afternoon that members seeking to get out of Houston are being placed in Oklahoma hotels now." There are still some rooms left in Abilene. But when we tell people we can't place them closer than Oklahoma they are fine with that. They just want to get out of harm's way," Rougeau said.Rita's Tracking Map
Loop....(amazing satellite imagery)
Valero Energy Corp. Chairman and CEO, Bill Greehey, spoke this morning on Rita's expected impact to the already stressed oil production and refining capability here in the United States:
"If it hits the refineries, and we're short refining capacity, you're going to see gasoline prices well over $3.00 a gallon at the pump," Greehey said in a Tuesday night interview.
Simply unfathomable! Rita could mean $5.oo gasoline...
Links (if any readers know of additional resources, please feel free to e-mail me or leave a comment):
-The Weather Channel Blog
It is a sad state that Bush Administration has to release statements such as this in times such as these.
President Bush: "I urge the citizens to listen carefully to the instructions provided by state and local authorities and follow them," Bush said in a speech to the Republican Jewish Coalition. "We hope and pray that Hurricane Rita will not be a devastating. storm but we got to be ready for the worst."
Unfortunately, I propose a theory regarding this scenario, and how it will inevitably unfold. I diagrees with the postulations of The Violence Worker on this issue. With the efforts to evacuate SouthEast Texas, and the relative success it has seen thus far, your humble pundit postulates that before this is all said and done, that President Bush will be blamed for pandering to his home state in some form or fashion.