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Topic: HURRICANE CENTRAL: Storms and your Disney trip, Will Hurricanes/Storms Affect Your Trip?< Next Oldest | Next Newest >
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Posted: Sep. 18, 2005, 10:09 am Quote

Tropical Depression #18 has formed and will enter the Gulf of Mexico.  Projected 5-day cone storm track has it going to Texas southern coast or Mexico.

Follow on National Hurricane Center site:

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

Scroll down and click around on Tropical Depression 18 or whatever the named storm is after "Philippe"!  The next one after that will be named in alphabetical order either Q or R name.

Pray it doesn't come for our part of the Gulf of Mexico!!!!!
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Posted: Sep. 18, 2005, 11:33 am Quote

Carol, you all in the Gulf Coast area are still constantly in our prayers..... New Orleans would need our prayers without this new storm.  Just look at the mayor they have!  Sorry, couldn't resist...

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Posted: Sep. 18, 2005, 2:53 pm Quote

We don't live in New Orleans or Orleans Parish, so we cannot participate in their politics except to comment on it.

Actually, Nagin enjoys popularity!  See separate thread about the Red Cross not coming to N.O. and to pray for them that Rich started.

Very likely TD#18 will go to tropical storm status and then on to hurricane, when it reaches 39 MPH winds it will be a named storm "Rita".

So mix those margaRITAs, here comes another one!

They are also starting to run low on letters of the alphabet for named storms!  They are up to the Rs already and it's not even the end of September.

BTW some journalists don't check their little detailed facts, the annual END of hurricane season is NOVEMBER 30 (not October 30) .
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Posted: Sep. 18, 2005, 5:25 pm Quote

Just this afternoon it has now been declared a tropical storm, with the name of Tropical Storm Rita.

Florida's Gov. Bush has declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Florida, giving him the authority to later mandate evacuations.


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Posted: Sep. 18, 2005, 5:45 pm Quote

Tropical Storm Rita, declared a Tropical Storm this afternoon and Gov. Bush declaring a state of emergency because of it for the state of Florida, might affect your Disney vacation even if the storm stays away from Walt Disney World and Port Canaveral where the Disney Cruise Line ships make their home port.

For one thing, the project path may change. For another thing, air travel might be affected once evacuations are declared in parts of Florida. The Disney cruise ships might also be moved to a safer port, if necessary, further away from the storm than Port Canaveral, Florida is located.


Click here for a larger picture of the projected path of Rita.


And click here for more information about Rita from the National Hurricane Center.


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Posted: Sep. 18, 2005, 8:09 pm Quote

Wow! You guys are good! I've been following the 2 new storms, but didn't know until I logged on here that our governor had declared an emergency! Wow! They do it earlier and earlier now. However, even if we're told to evacuate, it's not a *law*. I just hope that if it does come to that, people will take heed and learn a lesson or 2 from Katrina. Pack a suitcase, get in your cars and head for the hills!
Thanks for all this wonderful info, Rich.

p.s. Maybe this is a good time to visit Mickey! lol
Yea..................any excuse, right? lol


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Posted: Sep. 18, 2005, 9:20 pm Quote

Pack your bags, Maggie! If Tropical Storm Rita increases by an additional 25 mph, it will become Hurricane Rita.
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Some in South Florida are already evacuating...



Tropical Storm Rita develops; state of emergency for Florida

MIAMI (AP) - Tropical Storm Rita has developed over the Bahamas and is moving toward the the lower Florida Keys.

A tropical storm watch has been issued for South Florida. Rita has top sustained winds of about 40 miles-an-hour.

Rita is the 17th named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season. That makes this season the fourth busiest since record keeping began in 1851. Twenty-one tropical storms formed in 1933, 19 developed in 1995 and 1887 and 18 formed in 1969, according to the hurricane center.

Florida Governor Jeb Bush has declared a state of emergency. That means Florida authorities can oversee evacuations and he can activate the National Guard.

The lone highway through the Keys is jammed with tourists leaving. There's an evacuation order for visitors to vacate southern parts of the Keys.


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Posted: Sep. 18, 2005, 9:23 pm Quote

Tropical Storm Philippe is out there also in the Caribbean Sea near the islands of Guadeloupe, Martinique and Barbados and might impact the island of Bermuda by Saturday. But it is said to not be a concern to the United States, missing us.

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Posted: Sep. 18, 2005, 9:27 pm Quote

Hurricane Watch Issued for Florida Keys

MIAMI - A hurricane watch was issued for the Florida Keys as a tropical depression moved over the southern Bahamas on Sunday and was expected to strengthen into a named storm, forecasters said.

Visitors were told to evacuate parts of the Florida Keys. Monroe County emergency management officials issued the evacuation order for visitors on islands extending from the Seven Mile Bridge through Key West, including the Dry Tortugas.

The depression had the potential to cross into the Gulf of Mexico, the National Hurricane Center said.

The watch means that hurricane conditions with sustained wind of at least 74 mph are possible by late Monday, according to the Miami-based hurricane center.

"It does look like that there is the potential for it to become a hurricane, near or just before it reaches the Florida Keys," hurricane center meteorologist Daniel Brown said. "It's still too early to tell exactly where it will hit."

The 18th depression of the Atlantic hurricane season developed east of the Turks and Caicos Islands late Saturday and was expected to become Tropical Storm Rita sometime Sunday. The National Hurricane Center said residents of South Florida and central and western Cuba should closely monitor its movement.

At 11 a.m. EDT, the depression had top sustained wind of about 35 mph, just 4 mph shy of tropical storm strength. It was centered over the Caicos Islands about 390 miles east-southeast of Nassau, Bahamas. It was moving to the west near 12 mph and was expected to continue on that course through Monday morning, taking it over the eastern and central Bahamas.

Long-term forecasts show the system heading generally toward the west in the Gulf of Mexico toward Texas or Mexico later in the week, but such forecasts are subject to large errors. That means that areas ravaged by Hurricane Katrina could potentially be in the storm's path.

"Once it reaches the Gulf, really everybody should pay attention at that point," Brown said.

The government of the Bahamas issued a tropical storm warning for the Turks and Caicos and for the southeast and central Bahamas. A hurricane watch also was issued for the northwest Bahamas.

Farther out in the Atlantic, Tropical Storm Philippe formed late Saturday well east of the Lesser Antilles. At 11 a.m., Philippe had maximum sustained wind near 50 mph, up 10 mph from Saturday It was centered about 425 miles east-southeast of the Leeward Islands and was moving to the north-northwest near 7 mph.
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Posted: Sep. 18, 2005, 9:28 pm Quote

There is very limited air service out of or into New Orleans post-Katrina.  School starts 9/26/05 and we learned at Mass Saturday evening the church and school and buildings were more heavily inundated by water from Lake Pontchartrain than we'd thought via the Mandeville Town Hall Forum on NOLA.com (Times Picayune).  They are seeking volunteers to help hang and "float" drywall so that school can start on Monday.  Add to that Rich is attempting to work for his TV station and create then E-mail news graphics to them where they are working in Mobile, Alabama at WALA-TV.  Not a good time to up and leave.

Part of the 5-day cone for Rita covers the metro area of Houston TX, Baytown and Beaumont TX, and Lake Charles LA....  Where evacuees from Katrina still are and where a lot of families are settling in with being admitted as "homeless" to public schools and finding new lives, for the rest of their lives maybe or until their homes and workplaces and all can be restored in Mississippi or Louisiana.  

The evacuees in the Reliant Center in Houston turned down the offer to stay on cruise ships, explaining in part they didn't want to be surrounded by water.  Now how will they feel to learn Hurricane (soon) Rita might impact them at least in a peripheral way?

I know I joked in another thread about the Beatles song "Lovely Rita", but all joking aside this is psychologically bad for all affected by Katrina.

I don't know what's worse, four hurricanes hitting one state like in 2004 in Florida or this year with storms forming as early as the first week or so of June coupled with Katrina, the Big Mama of all storms.  Both are bad in their own ways.
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