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I was thinking the samething, why do they say Houston, Texas? Why not just Houston?

They always just say Dallas, or Los Angeles, or New York, Chicago, Atlanta but never just Houston.

What is with that? Why don't people know Houston as big as it is?

Because they think people may confuse Houston, Tx. with Houston, Pa.; pop. 1,862?

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The mayor had a press conference about 2hrs ago and directed folks who live within the storm surge area or within the 100 year flood plane to leave. He directed everyone the the Harris County Office of Emergency management website for maps and detail. Unfortunatley the SITE DOES NOT WORK. Is the the beginning of the government Screw-ups associated with Rita? We shall see.

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Hurricane RITA Discussion

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WTNT43 KNHC 211447

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HURRICANE RITA DISCUSSION NUMBER 16

NWS TPC/NATIONAL HURRICANE CENTER MIAMI FL

11 AM EDT WED SEP 21 2005

THE RECONNAISSANCE PLANE WILL NOT BE IN THE AREA OF RITA UNTIL LATER

THIS MORNING. HOWEVER...SATELLITE IMAGES INDICATE THAT THE CLOUD

PATTERN IS TYPICAL OF AN INTENSE HURRICANE WITH A CLEAR EYE

SURROUNDED BY VERY DEEP CONVECTION. INITIAL INTENSITY IS ADJUSTED

UPWARD TO 120 KNOTS AT THIS TIME. HOWEVER...OBJECTIVE T-NUMBERS FROM

BOTH TAFB AND THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN CIMSS ARE PEAKING NEAR

7.0 ON THE DVORAK SCALE...SUGGESTING WINDS OF NEAR 140 KNOTS. I

WILL WAIT FOR THE PLANE TO REACH RITA TO INCREASE THE WINDS

FURTHER...IF NECESSARY. THE ENVIRONMENT IS CONDUCIVE FOR

STRENGTHENING AND RITA...AS KATRINA DID...WILL BE CROSSING THE LOOP

CURRENT OR AN AREA OF HIGH HEAT CONTENT WITHIN THE NEXT 12 HOURS OR

SO. THIS WOULD AID THE INTENSIFICATION PROCESS. THEREAFTER...THE

INTENSITY WILL BE CONTROLLED BY CHANGES IN THE EYEWALL WHICH ARE

DIFFICULT TO PREDICT. THE HEAT CONTENT IN THE WESTERN GULF OF

MEXICO IS NOT AS FAVORABLE AS IN THE AREA OF THE LOOP CURRENT SO

SLIGHT WEAKENING IS ANTICIPATED....BUT RITA IS EXPECTED TO MAKE

LANDFALL AS A MAJOR HURRICANE...AT LEAST CATEGORY THREE.

The numbers suggest 140 knots...161 mph.

Because they think people may confuse Houston, Tx. with Houston, Pa.; pop. 1,862?

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Could be that, or they may just like the way 'Houston, Texas' rolls off the tongue.

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The mayor had a press conference about 2hrs ago and directed folks who live within the storm surge area or within the 100 year flood plane to leave. He directed everyone the the Harris County Office of Emergency management website for maps and detail. Unfortunatley the SITE DOES NOT WORK. Is the the beginning of the government Screw-ups associated with Rita? We shall see.

i noticed that the site was down too ... seems like some pages load, some do not ... i was thinking it was more of an overload issue as i am sure many people are hitting the site and the server prolly fried.

and could someone PLEASE teach them some basic web design and site navigation best practices. it is horribly designed.

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The mayor had a press conference about 2hrs ago and directed folks who live within the storm surge area or within the 100 year flood plane to leave. He directed everyone the the Harris County Office of Emergency management website for maps and detail. Unfortunatley the SITE DOES NOT WORK. Is the the beginning of the government Screw-ups associated with Rita? We shall see.

Here's the official map from the texas Division of Emergency Management

http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/dem/hurricane.htm

Click on Galveston.

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Okay, excuse my ignorance here, but if you live in an area that is NOT shaded on the Emergency Management maps as being an evacuation zone, doesn't that mean that you do not need to evacuate?

Which means, in turn, that basically all of inner-loop Houston and the western side of Houston should just stay-put and ride the storm out? If so, then I don't understand why so many people are running around so scared.

Also....does anyone know where I can look online at a map showing the boundaries of 100-year floodplains?

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Also....does anyone know where I can look online at a map showing the boundaries of 100-year floodplains?

Tropical Storm Allison Recovery Project - TSARP

TSARP's mission is to assist residents of Harris County in recovery from Tropical

Storm Allison and minimize damages from future floods by investigating the ...

www.tsarp.org

Their server seems to be taking a beating at the moment though. There is an "Interactive Map Tool" on there that will let you zoom in on an address. It also shows the 500 yr floodplain boundaires.

Todd

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Okay, excuse my ignorance here, but if you live in an area that is NOT shaded on the Emergency Management maps as being an evacuation zone, doesn't that mean that you do not need to evacuate?

Which means, in turn, that basically all of inner-loop Houston and the western side of Houston should just stay-put and ride the storm out? If so, then I don't understand why so many people are running around so scared.

Also....does anyone know where I can look online at a map showing the boundaries of 100-year floodplains?

thinking like that could be a very critical mistake for a number of reasons...first of all, it is next to impossible to know for sure how storms will react upon impact and then the amount of rain and where all the worst rainfall will be winds...etc. secondly these zones have sharp boundaries such as a highway or whatnot, usually these are set so that the boundary is already in an area that would be somewhat in the clear but they just extend it to make sure everyone in that area is safe...but we all know that the distance over one street or county is not going to have a different experience than on the other side...basically im saying to expect the worst. prepare prepare prepare. if the storm hits further south or weakens enough than thank God, but always be prepared for the worst and make multiple plans for whatever you do...you can never be too prepared

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The discussion on Rita suggests that the wind speed may be 160 knots, or 184 mph. The pressure is already down to 897 mb, 3rd stronget hurricane in Atlantic history...in keeping with Houston's quest to be the biggest and best at everything.

Katrina dropped to 902 mb at it's strongest.

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