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Since: 3.1.02
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The National Hurricane Center in Miami has been tracking Hurricane Rita as it's developed and clipped across the Florida Keys. Rita's just south of the Keys right now and is forecast to head into the Gulf of Mexico, turn slightly north, and hit somewhere on Texas' coast sometime late Friday or early Saturday, possibly as a Category 3 storm.

This is sort of a good news/bad news situation. It's terrible that the Texas coast is going to get hit, but I'm just pleased as punch that (for now) the storm isn't forecast to hit New Orleans or any of the other areas still recovering from Katrina.



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I'm just saw that it now might become a Category 4 storm before it makes landfall. From a pratical standpoint, if it has to hit somewhere (and I would rather it just weaken and go away), wouldn't it be better for such a strong storm to hit areas already damaged than a brand new area, where it will do brand new damage and affect even more lives?



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I think it goes without saying that this year's been an extremely busy hurricane season, but I thought I might take a moment to throw in some statistics:

The current system of naming Atlantic storms alphabetically began in 1953, and Hurricane Rita marks only the second time we've gotten to the letter "R"-- the other time being for Hurricane Roxanne in 1995. Hurricane Roxanne formed on October 8, 1995, two weeks later into the season than we are now. We got up to "T" in '95.

After Rita we've potentially got Stan, Tammy, Vince and Wilma, and then they're named according to the Greek alphabet. I don't think it's out of the question that we'll see a Hurricane Alpha this season. Pretty frightening.

Anyway. I hope all goes well and the potentially affected areas are evacuated before Rita gets a chance to do her damage.



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I saw the Governor of Texas on the Today show this morning. He seems, well, together. The mayor of Galveston is mobilizing the city and school buses in the evacuation. They aren't waffling on this one down in Longhorn country.

I point out that the Governor was in Austin - a long way inland.





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If this storm screws up the natural gas supply, those of us in the northeast can start singing that holiday classic: I'm Dreaming, of an Unusually Mild X-Mas.
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    Originally posted by ekedolphin
    After Rita we've potentially got Stan, Tammy, Vince and Wilma, and then they're named according to the Greek alphabet.


Why can't we have a Hurricane Ugueth or Xavier or Zachary?



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And now it's up to Category 5. This does not sound pretty, but glad to hear people are actually *moving* on this information this time.



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God bless the men of 2nd Bn, 127th Inf, 32d "Red Arrow" Brigade, WI Army Nat'l Guard...good luck, and come home soon.


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Top winds up to 165 mph.

She's more or less headed for Houston...my buddy, a USAF recruiter in H-Town, got evac'd outside of San Antonio (about 2 weeks after helping tend to Katrina evacuees in Houston.)

He'll be OK...I hope.

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    Originally posted by whatever
    And now it's up to Category 5. This does not sound pretty, but glad to hear people are actually *moving* on this information this time.


At this point, I'd think beatings would be mandatory for anyone who stayed. After Katrina, there's no excuse to take it lightly.



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My family's already evacuated to my apartment here in Austin.

The Governor is smart to be here in the state capital.

You know the Dalai Lama just passed through the other day.

Robert Rodriguez on the 29th.
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A little redundant, no? :)




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We have relatives who stayed in Houston. We're basically cursing them on one hand while hoping they're OK on the other.

They have no phone or cell phone service, so we don't know what's up, but it sounds like they got REALLY lucky.
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