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09/20/2005 07:24:20 PM · #1
All you DPCers down near the coast need to batten down the hatches...or better yet, drive on up here. Yikes.

//www.nbc5i.com/weather/4998879/detail.html

Message edited by author 2005-09-20 19:24:26.
09/20/2005 09:35:11 PM · #2
Yup, I live in Houston and it looks pretty bad. My sister and some friends are heading over from Galveston County.

Looks pretty nasty. Lets hope it hits some shoreline with nobody on it.

Crosses fingers.
09/20/2005 10:14:13 PM · #3
I'm in Harlingen (about 40 mi inland on the southern tip of TX), and was planning on leaving on the 28th (going to CA for a month to be with friends and family before moving to Australia). Now we may leave this Thur or Fri instead. I just hope we have a good idea of what's going to happen in enough time to make the decision. I'll definitely have bags packed.
09/20/2005 10:27:45 PM · #4
houston here, I will be staying put, but will be ready to pack and leave. Im not all that worried about it, but will be prepaired, goinf to charge up everything tomorrow. Im about 70 miles or so from the coast

Bummer is I have to go to Cleveland Thursday (day trip) and just hope I can get back home, if not Im keeping the rent car and driving

James
09/20/2005 10:34:00 PM · #5
My family's all in Corpus Christi and watching the storm with an eagle eye. If it takes a turn in that direction, they may all be camping out on my couch. >.>
09/20/2005 10:46:40 PM · #6
Daaaang...
ANOTHER one? I find myself thinking of the movie "The Day After Tomarrow" when current weather conditions are mentioned.
I hope all goes well :-S

BTW (sorry to change subjects) you're not alone.Looks like there's a chance we might be in some deep trouble in the near future if this follows thru >>

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And that's just hurricane Jova, Kenneth is behind it, followed by another tropical storm, yikes!
09/20/2005 11:02:02 PM · #7
For everyone in its path - you're in my thoughts and prayers. Yes, it may sound hokey, but it's the truth... God bless...
09/20/2005 11:12:59 PM · #8
Jeez, It's really bad this year. For me it's tornados I'm afraid of but thats a long story. Everyone stay safe!!
Blessed Be
09/21/2005 01:12:48 PM · #9
I went and hit the hardware stores this morning and talk about madness. No battreies (c or d cell, plenty of AA and AAA) no propane, no chain saws (for fallen trees, I have 4, huge oak trees). no generators

But I did find propane at the 4th place I looked, gas stations a jam packed with people buying gas (i did fill up), grocery stores are running out of food.

I have most of everything I need to live on for about a week, but I gotta run up to the vet and get some food for the kitties and 1 more cat carrier (just incase we need to bolt outta here).

I will keep you posted on things down here. I have contacted anohter DPC member with my contact info to check up on me if I dont report back

James
09/21/2005 01:17:05 PM · #10
Everyone in it's path, please be safe!
09/21/2005 04:04:30 PM · #11
Rita's not playing around...she's going to be a tough one. I hope all you folks down on the coast are seriously considering making a drive north. Please.

//www.nbc5i.com/news/4940452/detail.html


09/21/2005 04:19:07 PM · #12
Rita now Category 5

Please don't take chances. This one is gonna hit hard.
09/21/2005 04:19:22 PM · #13
I second that laurielblack. Please, be safe and don't take any chances.
09/21/2005 07:14:22 PM · #14
5th most powerful hurricane on record :(
09/21/2005 07:26:44 PM · #15
I am feeling a bit uneasy now.

I am in far west Houston (near Katy). Thats far enough enough to feel safe, but near enough freak out a bit.

09/21/2005 07:31:15 PM · #16
that is not far enough
09/21/2005 07:55:10 PM · #17
yeah, we were planning a big trip from oklahoma city to san antonio to visit sea world for my son's b-day. Unfortunately I booked the hotel room from hotwire, so no refunds. I know it won't be hit as bad as the coastal areas, but probably no fun at sea world :( anyway, if we don't go, that is $160 down the drain.

drake
09/21/2005 07:58:01 PM · #18
Originally posted by fstopopen:

yeah, we were planning a big trip from oklahoma city to san antonio to visit sea world for my son's b-day. Unfortunately I booked the hotel room from hotwire, so no refunds. I know it won't be hit as bad as the coastal areas, but probably no fun at sea world :( anyway, if we don't go, that is $160 down the drain.

drake


At least you'll keep your family safe!!
09/21/2005 08:02:29 PM · #19
FoxNews just reported that the pressure is dropping more and that Rita, as of right now, is the 3rd Strongest Hurricane in recorded history, behind Gilbert and the great labor day hurricane (1935)..

Message edited by author 2005-09-21 20:03:12.
09/21/2005 08:07:21 PM · #20
Please note that a political post has been removed from this thread.

This is not a political thread. Anyone who wishes to discuss political issues related to Hurricane Rita is invited to start a new thread for the purpose. As is site custom, any political threads should be started in the Rant folder.
09/21/2005 08:11:29 PM · #21
Originally posted by ClubJuggle:

Please note that a political post has been removed from this thread.

Thanks.. I was just about to reply to that rant, glad i didnt.

09/21/2005 09:00:25 PM · #22
Originally posted by fstopopen:

yeah, we were planning a big trip to san antonio to visit sea world . Unfortunately I booked the hotel room from hotwire, so no refunds.... that is $160 down the drain.


Try calling your credit card company and negotiating with them.
09/21/2005 10:56:55 PM · #23
I live in Wimberley, a few hours from the Gulf between Austin and San Antonio Texas. All healthcare agencies today notified patients at home on ventilators, etc. to make sure they have generators or get to a hospital before the storm hits us.

They have asked Houston residents to evacuate. It took me 3 1/2 hrs to make a one hr drive this afternoon. Millions of coastal evacuees are heading our way. They said on the news that where we live it will still be a category 3 when it reaches us Saturday. Unbelievable.

I am going shopping tomorrow as I live on a hill but can't leave home without going through flood waters if it rains really hard. Two more days to go. Wish us luck, please.
09/21/2005 11:15:14 PM · #24
My older daughter lives in Houston and has come up to Austin to stay with us while the hurricane hits. I hope everyone will leave the coastal area because they don't know the reality of what a hurricane is like until they have gone through one or have seen it's aftermath. We lived through the one in 1983 (Alicia) and that was "only" a category 3! Never again!!

note: You won't find a hotel/motel available in Austin because we have the Austin City Limits on this weekend! I have heard there aren't motels available until you hit Dallas!

Message edited by author 2005-09-21 23:17:05.
09/21/2005 11:22:06 PM · #25
As a New Orleanian Suburb dweller who's just gone (going?) through Katrina, my prayers are with everyone in Rita's path... May she die a quiet death at sea... Or at least get real sick and weak before she hits land.

Doug
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