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I'm evacuating later tonight. Headed to Atlanta to spend the weekend with family. You guys know how fares I-10 to Baton Rouge, I-12 on the north side of Lake Ponchartrain? Passable?

House is not in flood zone of any kind, not in a storm surge zone of any kind, but I can't take any chances with the pregnant wifey, with projected 130 mph winds. Hey, my house is wind storm certified! Just hope it aint flooded, don't have any flood insurance.

Were in Northeastern Brazoria county just south of Houston on Hwy 288. Just been biding the time so that my exit from Houston is 4 hours instead of 8.

Goodluck to fellow Houstonian Appleinsiders.
post #2 of 29
Safe journey and I hope you return to an intact house.
post #3 of 29
CNN in now reporting that the pressure has fallen to less than 900 millibars giving Rita the third lowest pressure reading on record. Scary. Low pressure contributes to the storm surge, which means that wherever this beast hits is going to face a wall of water like what just hit Louisiana and Mississippi.
post #4 of 29
it looks scary. My dads company has just evacuated 4 offices around houston. They also lost an office in Katrina (But they are paying for all thier employees to transfer and they are doing what they can)

i hope your house is okay and all. You are smart to follow the warnings. Good luck with the ride. Keep us updated.
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post #5 of 29
so college station is one of the main destinations for the new "refugees" and it's screwing everything up. my girlfriend left houston to come here 4 hours ago and she's made it 20 miles out of houston (a 1.5 hour drive normally)...
she might make it by morning...
people here are buying water and canned goods as if this is the apokalypse. kinda funny actually. paranoia is a fun thing to watch...
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I just really hope that Katrina and Rita become glaring reminders for people to prepare disaster readiness kits so there doesn't have to be as much chaos at the stores for water and canned goods.
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post #7 of 29
My father used to have an "earthquake kit" he kept in the back shed. It had food and water, flashlight ... I think he may have even kept his gun in there. Not a good idea but after NO potential need is proven.
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update: girlfriend is still on the road (still within houston, actually...after 17 hours). since the phone networks are overloaded i havent been able to communicate (tmobile is crap). last i heard she was about to run out of gas--the whole city is pretty much empty and there are thousands stranded because all their gas is being burned while vehicles move less than 1 mile and hour.
well done houston--your timely response to this emergency situation has made me proud to be a pseudo-texan...
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post #9 of 29
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Originally posted by CosmoNut
I just really hope that Katrina and Rita become glaring reminders for people to prepare disaster readiness kits so there doesn't have to be as much chaos at the stores for water and canned goods.


that isnt the problem. gasoline is the most crucial issue--and the energy capital of the world is running dry...
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post #10 of 29
For some reason southbound lanes aren't being opened up to northbound traffic. Doing so would eliminate some of the problems and slowness that are occurring.
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post #11 of 29
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Originally posted by CosmoNut
For some reason southbound lanes aren't being opened up to northbound traffic. Doing so would eliminate some of the problems and slowness that are occurring.



were supposed to do that early this morning, and some are actually finally doing it. the response is unacceptably slow...
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Originally posted by fng
My father used to have an "earthquake kit" he kept in the back shed. It had food and water, flashlight ... I think he may have even kept his gun in there. Not a good idea but after NO potential need is proven.

I presume there was no way to secure the kit in the shed, because it's obviously a good idea to have a gun in the kit.

You were a bit terse so there's room for interpretation.
post #13 of 29
I hope that everyone in Texas and Louisiana that will be hit by Rita stay safe.

Meanwhile, it seems that another division of DHS is going to be criticized this time around:

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There were also long lines of lines of frustrated travelers at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport after about 100 employees of the Transportation Security Administration did not show up for work.

CNN correspondent Rick Sanchez, who was at the airport, said in one area he saw three screeners attempting to handling crowds that a team of a dozen or more screeners usually handle.
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post #14 of 29
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Originally posted by Gon
I presume there was no way to secure the kit in the shed, because it's obviously a good idea to have a gun in the kit.

You were a bit terse so there's room for interpretation.

I'm against keeping guns for any reason. Keeping one in a shed where it can be easily lifted is a bad idea. My father never would have left it unsecured though.
post #15 of 29
Good luck everybody . . . prayers out to you

RE: thinking a gun is a good idea.
I remember watching photos during and after Katrina: during, there was a guy seated in front of a wharehouse with a gun and a sign saying 'we shoot looters' . . . later, a couple of days, I saw a picture of that same wharehouse burned to the ground . . . I can only guess what happened to the proud man with his gun . . .

Best to stay vigilant but strive to reach out to fellow humans as humans in the worst cases too.

I recommend that if you feel that you need a gun in a situation where you might be alone with some rough folks, don't show it and count on it as a scare device
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post #16 of 29
*sigh*

Parts of New Orleans are flooding again. Fortunately no one is there this time.

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post #17 of 29
We closed our 2 branches in Houston Wednesday. Massive logistics efforts for the last week to minimize problems for customers. I hope other companies followed suit.
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post #18 of 29
Our Houston office closed yesterday. Hope everyone makes it OK.
post #19 of 29
WTF?

In Atlanta, Governor Sonny Perdue has requested to voluntarily close schools to help with a possible fuel supply disruption.

In accordance... My childrens school just closed Monday and Tuesday. The brilliant people don't realize that now many of use will have to stay HOME from work and alter our driving habits even more. So on top of kids staying home.. now about 1 in 4 parents has to also.
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post #20 of 29
He just doesn't want to gas his busses up when the gas monopoly jacks the prices back up.
post #21 of 29
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Made it to Atlanta Friday morning at 2:30 am. That's a 28 hour drive I don't want to repeat!

Took 11 hours to travel from Houston to the Louisiana border on I-10. That's about 100 miles. Took another 9 hours to get from Lake Charles to Mississippi border going Hwy 165 and I-20. The rest was the usual Interstate traffic.

Houston appears to be really lucky if Rita passes through east of Houston. If it made landfall in Port Bolivar, that would have been the worst case scenario. Galvestion completely underwater, Galveston Bay coastal areas under water, and a possible Cat 4 instead of Cat 3.
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Peace On Earth

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Heaven on Earth, we need it now
I'm sick of all of this hanging around
Sick of sorrow, sick of the pain
I'm sick of hearing again and again
That there's gonna be peace on Earth

Where I grew up there weren't many trees
Where there was we'd tear them down
And use them on our enemies
They say that what you mock
Will surely overtake you
And you become a monster
So the monster will not break you

And it's already gone too far
Who said that if you go in hard
You won't get hurt?

Jesus can you take the time
To throw a drowning man a line
Peace on Earth
Tell the ones who hear no sound
Whose sons are living in the ground
Peace on Earth
No whos or whys
No one cries like a mother cries
For peace on Earth
She never got to say goodbye
To see the color in his eyes
Now he's in the dirt
Peace on Earth

They're reading names out over the radio
All the folks the rest of us won't get to know
Sean and Julia, Gareth and Ann and Breda
Their lives are bigger than any big idea


Jesus can you take the time
To throw a drowning man a line
Peace on Earth
To tell the ones who hear no sound
Whose sons are living in the ground
Peace on Earth
Jesus sing a song you wrote
The words are sticking in my throat
Peace on Earth
Hear it every Christmas time
But hope and history won't rhyme
So what's it worth
This peace on Earth

Peace on Earth
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post #23 of 29
It took us about 4 hours to get from Houston to Austin, just a tiny bit longer than one would normally expect using the back roads we did.

We had a friend who left the same time we did who was determined to take the official "evacuation route"... 21 hours.
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post #24 of 29
what a disappointment.
not even a drop of rain...
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post #25 of 29
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what a disappointment.
not even a drop of rain...

well, you could have been in lake charles. they had plenty of drops they could spare you.

you know, these past two years have been nuts with hurricanes. the florida-four last year (which also includes ivan, which freaked everyone in louisiana out... but it was a blessing, because the evacuation was SO bad, they actually DID SOMETHING ABOUT IT and had the contraflows up and running better, earlier, and further up the interstates. still, it was no walk in the park, but much, much better than last year), and this year cindy (a tropical storm that loosened a LOT up in louisiana), katrina and rita.

i have to assume we'll be seeing another ferocious season next year... just when the gulf coast will be getting its feet under it again.
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post #26 of 29
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Originally posted by rok
i have to assume we'll be seeing another ferocious season next year... just when the gulf coast will be getting its feet under it again.

That's what's expected but, then-again, the predictions were for a lighter season this year than last, which was not the case. I read some articles about hurricane patterns, and supposedly the consensus is that it's not global warming, since the rest of the world (there are other hurricane basins) aren't having big seasons. Hopefully we'll be sliding back into normalcy.

As they say down here. . . "Hurricanes blow."
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Originally posted by Splinemodel
That's what's expected but, then-again, the predictions were for a lighter season this year than last, which was not the case. I read some articles about hurricane patterns, and supposedly the consensus is that it's not global warming, since the rest of the world (there are other hurricane basins) aren't having big seasons. Hopefully we'll be sliding back into normalcy.

As they say down here. . . "Hurricanes blow."

Actually according to most climate experts I have seen interviewed we can expect two more decades of intense hurricane seasons.
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As they say down here. . . "Hurricanes blow."

Sometimes they suck, too.
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RE: thinking a gun is a good idea.
I remember watching photos during and after Katrina: during, there was a guy seated in front of a wharehouse with a gun and a sign saying 'we shoot looters' . . . later, a couple of days, I saw a picture of that same wharehouse burned to the ground . . . I can only guess what happened to the proud man with his gun . . .

Having the means to defend oneself does not make most people more confontational, rather more humble and thick-skinned. When you realize that you cannot control how confrontations escalate, and how costly a big confrontation is, you don't want to enter even a small argument. This guy belongs to a minority.
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I recommend that if you feel that you need a gun in a situation where you might be alone with some rough folks, don't show it and count on it as a scare device

Yeah. No point escalating the situation, and on the other hand, losing the element of surprise if you end up having to use force.

Neither of these points are specifically about guns, of course.
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