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collshubby
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posted 09-19-2005 03:10 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for collshubby   Click Here to Email collshubby     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
*Sigh* Another one. Super.

I don't wish ill will upon anyone, but I hope that sucker keeps on heading west. I've had my fill!

Robert, they have it heading right for Houston's wahzoo, so you better buckle down. Are you going to wait it out in Rocket Town with a shotgun?

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posted 09-19-2005 03:30 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
At least as of now, the plan is to leave the area. I'll be in DC on Wednesday, returning to Houston just in time to load the car with pre-packed boxes and suitcases and head out of town.

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posted 09-19-2005 03:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Ben   Click Here to Email Ben     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I'll be the guy raiding the space food for survival ;-)

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posted 09-19-2005 05:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott   Click Here to Email Scott     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by collshubby:
Robert, they have it heading right for Houston's wahzoo, so you better buckle down. Are you going to wait it out in Rocket Town with a shotgun?


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posted 09-19-2005 07:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for collshubby   Click Here to Email collshubby     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Gee, I was drawing up a list of items I wanted to loot, but after seeing that picture, I've changed my mind...

Good work there, Scott!

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posted 09-19-2005 08:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Scott   Click Here to Email Scott     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Gee, I was drawing up a list of items I wanted to loot, but after seeing that picture, I've changed my mind...

I know how you feel. My daughter would love to have all of RocketTown's Sea Monkey kits. I guess we'll have to buy them after all.

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posted 09-20-2005 06:34 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jkfaust   Click Here to Email jkfaust     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Rob says I have to go down with the ship.

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posted 09-20-2005 07:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for collshubby   Click Here to Email collshubby     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Seriously though, is the store on high ground? I know Houston floods like there is no tomorrow, and the way this thing is tracking at the moment, Houston will be on the east side of the storm, which is the side with the most rain. I hope that the more valuable items are boxed away safely and put in a high place.

There were places in New Orleans they though would never flood, but they did. So you never know!

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posted 09-20-2005 07:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jkfaust   Click Here to Email jkfaust     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Here in Houston there is no such thing as high ground, unless you count overpasses . We are in as safe a place as any, not too close to the water and in a building that's only a year old so should take it well. Only a small section of the store has windows and we're taking care of that. We will certainly be taking all other precautions we can think of and will be evacuating all valuables to spoil the looters fun. Its hard to believe its coming with how beautiful of a day we had here today. Wish us luck!

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posted 09-20-2005 08:23 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for ejectr   Click Here to Email ejectr     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Latest track could be Galveston head on. It's supposed to reach category 4 status by tomorrow.

Once again, a very serious situation for another major city.

Please make all the safe decisions as soon as possible.

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posted 09-20-2005 10:14 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for collshubby   Click Here to Email collshubby     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Another potential disaster on our hands. If it hits Galveston directly, it will be chaos in both that city, and in Houston. Even if it hits further south towards Corpus Christi, it will still be terrible.

It is ironic that the city and state that took many displaced people from Louisiana are about to suffer a major blow itself.

To top it off, it is said that if New Orleans receives as little as three inches of rain from this storm, more levees could breaks, and the city would be back to square 1.

Let's just hope it does not get much stronger.

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posted 09-21-2005 10:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for lunarrv15   Click Here to Email lunarrv15     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
buckshots doesn't stop a person wearing a bullit proof vest - does it?

my eyes are on NASA photo at JSC.

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posted 09-21-2005 11:09 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for WSTFphoto   Click Here to Email WSTFphoto     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
JSC will close at 1 p.m. (CDT) except for those employees completing critical level 3 and level 2 activities today in advance of Hurricane Rita. Email Servers will be shut down at 12:30 p.m. today. The gates will close at 4 p.m. today. Only hurricane ride-out team members will be permitted back on site after 4 p.m.

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posted 09-21-2005 11:25 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, my collection is packed and with my car has been moved to higher ground. I am typing this from Dallas-Fort Worth, a layover along my flight to Washington, DC. Initially, I had intended to return to Houston tomorrow morning, but with the traffic I saw this morning leaving the city, I suspect I would not get far by car (and all accomodations between Houston and Oklahoma - and points west - have been booked solid).

The collectSPACE server is hosted in California, so we shouldn't see any interruption as a result of the storm. I wish the best to all readers and friends back in Houston as they make their way out of the city or hunker down to survive Rita. Please check in as you can...

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posted 09-21-2005 12:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Moonwalker1954   Click Here to Email Moonwalker1954     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wish Robert and all cS members down in Texas and Louisiana the best of luck and hope that Rita will spare you from her ravaging fury.

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Open door here in oklahoma if anyone needs a place to stay...

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posted 09-21-2005 04:26 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for albatron@aol.com   Click Here to Email albatron@aol.com     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good luck Robert and everyone else there. Even though Galveston is the "intended" target, they should have at least Cat 1 strength as far as Dallas with this bad girl. It's a 4 now, and very possibly a 5 well before landfall.

Remember, the key to evacuating is leave EARLY. VERY early. They STILL haven't got it figured out (local authorities) as to how to HANDLE an evacuation. And this will be the last thing they learn, I suspect.

Our hearts and prayers to all.

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Its now officially a Category 5, with a LOT of strengthening waters over the Gulf of Mexico left.

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posted 09-21-2005 06:29 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for november25   Click Here to Email november25     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Hi All,
I Have been tracking Rita,and see as at 1820
it was winds at 166.9mph. w.at 13mph-heading
towards Brownsville. The tracker used was www.weatherforyou.com-which is very good.
My thoughts and prayers go out to my friends
in Texas and the Gulf States.
Hubby and myself were caught up in a hurricane,also a tornado in Florida, so we know what its like.
Safe journeys to anyone evacuating,and take care now.
regards from Brenda
this was posted by november25
ps- My family and I {really do understand}

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News just reported that Rita has been downgraded to a Category 4..let's hope it continues to weaken before landfall..

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The way it looks to me, the center of the storm will now be east of Galveston and Houston, which will put them on the west side of the hurricane center. There is good news in that because the western side is usually a little less intense than the east side. Galveston will still get hit pretty bad, but Houston may fare a little better.

However, this shift to the east places slightly heavier winds and rain over New Orleans, which is not good for its already torn and battered levee system. Fortunatly, very few people are in the city.

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posted 09-23-2005 12:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for lunarrv15   Click Here to Email lunarrv15     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
any recall when the last time a hurricane stormed over Houston?

from 1993 to present the city has been Hurrican free

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posted 09-23-2005 08:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for TRS   Click Here to Email TRS     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You guys all take care out there

we're thinking of you

Craig & Sharon
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Rita, not Ton Hank's wifey, a category 3 as it has landed, in the "best" spot for Houston or New Orleans, in the middle of them. Only power outage in eastern Houston, otherwise Houston is in great shape!

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Well, I just got power back after losing it for about 20 hours. A bit of wind, maybe 40-45mph. Flooding in New Orleans. Flooding in Madisonville from the storm surge. I'm high and dry with no damage. It was one heck of a storm because I didn't think we would get hit this bad this far away.

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posted 09-26-2005 06:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for WSTFphoto   Click Here to Email WSTFphoto     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From NASA HQ:

"This is the latest information about NASA facilities affected by Hurricane Rita.

Johnson Space Center:
- There were no injuries.
- Facility surveys show only minor building / ground damage. One minor roll-up door was blown off its tracks and a few trees were blown down.
- Facilities are on utility power.
- Potable water is restored.
- Air conditioning systems are being brought on line as needed.
- Employees are on admin leave until Tuesday since they may experience problems getting back into the Houston area.

Michoud Assembly Facility:
- Potable water issue is still being worked by MSFC. Facility won't have water from utility for some time."

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posted 09-28-2005 12:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I arrived home late this afternoon to an intact car, collection and apartment. Rocket Town faired similarly, losing only one of our phone lines as a result of the storm.

I didn't spend much time driving around town, but our complex lost a few small trees and there was some minor damage to a few buildings.

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