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#1 13 years ago

It looks like katrina all over again, except this time it may be a catagory 5 storm insted of a catagory 4.

Bloomberg Sept. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Hurricane Rita today strengthened to a Category 4 storm as it moved across the Gulf of Mexico toward Texas and Louisiana, matching the power Katrina had when it swept ashore three weeks ago and became the most expensive natural disaster in U.S. history. Rita's maximum sustained winds accelerated to 135 mph (217 kph) as of 8 a.m. local time, the National Hurricane Center in Miami said. That's an increase of 15 mph in three hours, leaving the storm one level short of the maximum Category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson scale of intensity. The hurricane's reach may extend anywhere from northeast Mexico along the Texas coast to the western half of Louisiana, said center meteorologist Chris Landsea. Rita is forecast to remain a Category 4 storm when it hits land on Sept. 23 or Sept. 24, he said. ``It could weaken to a Category 3 or intensify into a Category 5,'' Landsea said today in an interview. ``One thing is fairly certain -- it's going to be a major hurricane.'' Katrina hit Louisiana with winds of 140 mph after earlier packing gusts as strong as 175 mph over the Gulf. The storm killed more than 900 people in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, destroyed coastal towns, submerged most of New Orleans and disrupted U.S. oil supply. Category 4 and 5 storms can blow down trees and shrubs, completely destroy mobile homes and cause major damage to lower floors of buildings near the coast. The threat a strengthening Rita posed to oil rigs, refineries and platforms in the Gulf pushed the price of crude oil and gasoline higher. Texas is the producer of a quarter of the nation's refined fuel. Katrina Evacuees Evacuated The National Guard and the U.S. Transportation Department are helping transport more than 7,000 people who sought refuge from Katrina in coastal Texas communities to other states, with 4,000 being sent to Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, 3,000 to Tennessee and 250 to Nebraska. Texas Governor Rick Perry yesterday recalled National Guard members sent to help the Katrina recovery effort along the Gulf coast, so they could help in the state's preparations for Rita. He signed a proclamation stating Rita posed a ``threat of imminent disaster'' along the 367-mile Texas coast and the Texas Army National Guard mobilized 5,000 personnel and 11 helicopters to prepare for the storm. ``I happen to think that we are prepared as humanly possible for this storm,'' Perry told CNN today. Rita, the ninth hurricane and 17th named storm of the June 1-Nov. 30 Atlantic hurricane season, was about 790 miles (1,271 kilometers) east-southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, the center said. This is the first time in 10 years that Atlantic tropical storms and hurricanes, named in alphabetical order, have reached the letter ``R.'' Galveston Rita was moving west at about 14 mph and hurricane force winds extended 45 miles from the center. The hurricane is expected to move into the southeastern Gulf today, the center said. The storm is forecast to turn toward the northwest over the next three days, making landfall somewhere in an area from just south of the Texas-Mexico border to central Louisiana. Galveston, about 50 miles southeast of Houston, is one of the coastal towns where Rita may come ashore. The city is the site of the worst natural disaster in U.S. history -- a hurricane that killed 8,000 to 12,000 in 1900. Galveston officials today began evacuating nursing homes and assisted living facilities, and all other residents will be required to leave at 6 p.m. local time tonight. Similar evacuations are going on in neighboring Brazoria County. Oil A recorded message at the office of the Emergency Management Department in Corpus Christi, about 250 miles southwest of Galveston, urged residents to check back for ``any potential announcements.'' Low-lying areas of Chambers County may be asked to evacuate today, according to the local Web site. Oil companies including Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Exxon Mobil Corp. have begun evacuating workers from rigs near the two states as Rita advances. About 30 percent of U.S. oil production comes from platforms in the Gulf, and 44 percent of U.S. refining capacity is in Louisiana and Texas. Exxon Mobil, the world's largest publicly traded oil producer, said today it evacuated about 200 workers from the Gulf. Crude oil for November delivery rose as much as $2.07, or 3.1 percent, to $68.27 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, where it was up $1.90 at 2:29 p.m. in London. Prices extended gains after Rita was upgraded to a Category 4 storm. Oil is 45 percent higher than a year ago. The threat to the region devastated by Katrina prompted New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin to halt plans for residents to return and Texas officials to call for some evacuations. Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco yesterday asked President George W. Bush to declare a state of emergency. She said Katrina will result in as much as $1 billion less tax revenue. Rita yesterday passed south of the Florida Keys, depositing debris on roads, flooding some areas and leaving as many as 24,800 customers without power, according to statements on the Web site of Florida's Division of Emergency Management.

Is is not ironic that is it aiming for houston where alot of katrina victems are living now?




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#2 13 years ago

how long until this one is Bushs fault also??


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#3 13 years ago

Yes, they are evacuating the people that were evacuated to there from New Orleans. God hates them.




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#4 13 years ago

just admit it, hurricanes during the Bush administration are drawn toward poor black people, one of natures/vast right wing conspiracies phenomena


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#5 13 years ago
Tap112Yes, they are evacuating the people that were evacuated to there from New Orleans. God hates them.

Aparrently... This isn't going to be fun. On the lighter side, when I turned my car on today, I had my iPod on shuffle and the Beatle's "Lovely Rita" was the first track on. I don't know if that should be taken as a good sign or a bad sign. :uhm:




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#6 13 years ago

Hurricane Rita is a fag. It made me evac to San Antonio.




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#7 13 years ago
S.T.A.L.K.E.R.how long until this one is Bushs fault also??

It already is. :p

Seriously, I could go into detail on the mishaps and mishandlings of the Katrina clean-up effort (The only thing I was dissapointed with Bush was that he stayed on his vacation while the city was being hit hard, however the aftermath was mostly FEMA's mistake), but I will spare you. You've heard my POV several times.

I sure hope this dies down, or we might have another Atlantis on our hands...




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#8 13 years ago

actually the federal gov't responce to Katrina (that includes FEMA) was the fastest for any hurricane since FEMA has been started, its just you dont hear that

will this one be as bad?? No, why.....it isnt going to hit a city THAT IS UNDER SEA LEVEL


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#9 13 years ago
AeroflotHurricane Rita is a fag. It made me evac to San Antonio.

I thought you were in philly? Your in Houston right bob? Get out of there, before the 23rd. I don't want you to be part of a stastic for a double wammy in the gulf coast. @looters/people on welfare: get your bags and guns ready along the texas coastline. The forcast is looking great for looting next week. $4000 Tv's, big guns, and food are all free. You can even shoot at the helicopters like they are ducks. Just rember to pack some body armor those 5.56 nato rounds hurt.




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#10 13 years ago

S.T.A.L.K.E.R.actually the federal gov't responce to Katrina (that includes FEMA) was the fastest for any hurricane since FEMA has been started, its just you dont hear that

will this one be as bad?? No, why.....it isnt going to hit a city THAT IS UNDER SEA LEVEL

AHAHHH HAHHHHAHAHAHAH!!!!

The area is so flat that a car can be the highest object in some places. And there are so many rivers, bayous, ditches, underpasses and all sorts of areas that will flood. If you live next to a river, your house is gone. If you try driving in an underpass, you car will find itself in water up to the roof.

Not as bad as New Orleans, but it is still quite bad.