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Dude, it's an internet joke...

Is Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas a Rep or Dem?

Joke. Ok, but very misleading and political. Mayor Thomas does a good job of keeping her political affiliation a secret. No where on the Internet is there a mention one way or the other. Guess she really is non-partison.

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I don't think it's THAT misleading.

Galveston Mayor Faced Disaster Before International Audience

The world's eyes were on Galveston Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas as she handled the disaster of Hurricane Rita in front of an international audience.

Thomas became a familiar figure through interviews on such U.S. network and cable news programs.

Her reviews, in the form of an onslaught of e-mails, were mostly complimentary.

One e-mail from Canada praised her evacuation plans and hailed her "for remembering the seniors, disabled and poor people" in her plans.

Two from Sweden sent their compliments and asked Thomas to send them autographed photos for their collections "of very important persons of today's world."

Thomas said she couldn't explain the response. In her words -- "I'm just me."

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As I type my Girlfriend is driving I'm in The Woodlands its taiknen 5 and 1/2 hours just to get from South West Houston to here. If yall havent evacuated trough 45 towards Dallas its caos nothing is moving people are out of gas and people stop in the middle of the road to eat streach and just not do nothing....

I think they should have opened up the other lanes to just make the freways a one way, I still haven't reach Conroe so I don't know how "fast" its moving hopefully this won't be somenthing we have to look back at and tell ourselves "we could have done this or that" I'm pissed because as I drive people with children are outside because thres nothing you can do but wait and hope u don't run out of gas .....

Nice people are giving out water, HOT DOGS, and I anything they can give away

C'onm 5 million people trying to get out ONE CAN ONLY WAIT...........

That bus crash was terrible!

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Back on the subject of evacuations.......

I would like to see them get people to evacuate to shelter in HOUSTON. Look at New Orleans during Katrina. It WAS a category 5 hurricane and most of the buildings only had minor roof damage.

Statistically, most of the deaths in hurricanes occur from drowning and floods. Rather than put millions of people in almost twice as many cars as necessary on the freeway, they should only evacuate the people threatened by storm surge and in floodplains. These people shouldnt have to leave Houston at all. As long as you move your car to higher ground, flooding will not be an issue and there is no need to drive hundreds of miles to safety.

Our metro area is so vast that even if a hurricane were to directly hit downtown Houston, the strongest and most damaging winds would only be in a small pocket. New Orleans and Galveston are evacuated because they are prone to complete flooding.

It makes me sick that so many people endangered others in order to avoid filing insurance claims and missing kickass parties in Dallas and Austin.

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Back on the subject of evacuations.......

I would like to see them get people to evacuate to shelter in HOUSTON. Look at New Orleans during Katrina. It WAS a category 5 hurricane and most of the buildings only had minor roof damage.

Statistically, most of the deaths in hurricanes occur from drowning and floods. Rather than put millions of people in almost twice as many cars as necessary on the freeway, they should only evacuate the people threatened by storm surge and in floodplains. These people shouldnt have to leave Houston at all. As long as you move your car to higher ground, flooding will not be an issue and there is no need to drive hundreds of miles to safety.

Our metro area is so vast that even if a hurricane were to directly hit downtown Houston, the strongest and most damaging winds would only be in a small pocket. New Orleans and Galveston are evacuated because they are prone to complete flooding.

It makes me sick that so many people endangered others in order to avoid filing insurance claims and missing kickass parties in Dallas and Austin.

By the time that Katrina hit, it was no longer a 5. Wasn't it a weak 4 by that time? Moreover, it hit east of NO so that NO got the weak side of the storm. Also, trees tend to fall when hit with such high winds...you know, into houses.

Remember Ivan? A friend of mine lives in Hattiesburg, MS and recounted to me how a 12-story brick building collapsed from the wind. Hattiesburg is inland, too.

Also, do you really want a population of over 5 million people sheltering in place once the electric grid is destroyed, water service is shut down for an unknown period of time, and major roads are blocked by trees, downed power lines, telephone lines, and glass shards.

With such population density in that kind of an environment, where police were completely tied up with more important things (and just plain couldn't get to you) don't you just know that criminals would take advantage of the chaos to make mischief?

And you prefer that 5 million people to be stuck in that kind of an environment?

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Also, do you really want a population of over 5 million people sheltering in place once the electric grid is destroyed, water service is shut down for an unknown period of time, and major roads are blocked by trees, downed power lines, telephone lines, and glass shards.

With such population density in that kind of an environment, where police were completely tied up with more important things (and just plain couldn't get to you) don't you just know that criminals would take advantage of the chaos to make mischief?

And you prefer that 5 million people to be stuck in that kind of an environment?

For those here during Alicia, it was a pretty miserable experience. I remember we didn't have power for at least 4 days but some areas didn't have it for weeks. Tons of property damage as well. Tons of damage to the trees. The flooding was bad as well, but not quite as bad as Allison for us. Couldnt do simple things like drink tap water, turn on a/c, get gas for cars, go shopping, turn on lights at night, etc.

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For those here during Alicia, it was a pretty miserable experience. I remember we didn't have power for at least 4 days but some areas didn't have it for weeks. Tons of property damage as well. Tons of damage to the trees. The flooding was bad as well, but not quite as bad as Allison for us. Couldnt do simple things like drink tap water, turn on a/c, get gas for cars, go shopping, turn on lights at night, etc.

To support the different parts of the city experience different things idea, this was not my Alicia memory.

For us, power returned the same day, no flooding, it wasn't much. We lived in Sharpstown and we faired well. That isn't to say others didn't and that it isn't a crap shoot; it will be different for everyone.

MS, not LA, got the brunt of Katrina? -- easy to forget due to news coverage focus.

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I just saw this link.

It says a key weather satellite has passed its life expectancy, and if it fails, hurricane tracking could be up to 16 percent less accurate. Could anyone image having to call for more evacuations like the one for Rita? If people get used to false alarms, they will choose to stay as they did during Katrina.

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I just saw this link.

It says a key weather satellite has passed its life expectancy, and if it fails, hurricane tracking could be up to 16 percent less accurate. Could anyone image having to call for more evacuations like the one for Rita? If people get used to false alarms, they will choose to stay as they did during Katrina.

The evacuation for Rita was not really a "false alarm". More people evacuated than should have b/c everyone got scared, but those who were told to evacuate DEFINITELY should have. Trust me, I work in the weather business. The potential was there for Rita to directly hit Galveston, but in the last few hours, it shifted northward and the eye went into the TX/LA border area. I was working the night Rita hit, and I can't even tell you how close Galveston came from being directly hit... they were VERY lucky! If people would have waited until that happened to evacuate, they never would have gotten out in time. People llving along the coast are going to have to learn that they are going to have to evacuate if they don't want to push their lives at risk, and 9 times out of 10, the area they evacuate from won't take a direct hit. The technology is not there to accurately predict where the CENTER of a hurricane will go exactly even 12 hours out. If they don't like that, they have 2 options... 1)Don't live along the coast. 2)Don't evacuate, and risk losing your life. Plain and simple. :closedeyes:

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Well, remember we had storms last season that were forecast to become major hurricanes in the GoM, but they all turned out back to sea. Obviously better forecasting won't affect three-day forecasts too much, but make it a week and things can change completely.

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