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  • Gustav

    Category 3 already, tracking towards Louisiana. Not good news.

    http://www.goes.noaa.gov/HURRLOOPS/gulfvs.html
    There are no strings on me

  • #2
    Category 4 now, and could become a 5....Damn !!!

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    • #3
      Originally posted by rasb
      Category 4 now, and could become a 5....Damn !!!
      Could? It's not even in the Gulf, and it's very warm waters, yet.

      Just yesterday forecasters were saying it MIGHT be a Cat 3 by the time it hit the US.....
      There are no strings on me

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      • #4
        Originally posted by guru
        Originally posted by rasb
        Category 4 now, and could become a 5....Damn !!!
        Could? It's not even in the Gulf, and it's very warm waters, yet.

        Just yesterday forecasters were saying it MIGHT be a Cat 3 by the time it hit the US.....
        Obviously will reach category 5 in the Gulf. Now a matter of how strong it is when it makes landfall, and where exactly it will hit the shoreline.

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        • #5
          Yes, unfortunately Gustav is becoming a monster. Western Cuba will be hit by 175 mph wind gusts, and storm surges of up to 20 feet. It seems in a best case scenario, that the slighter cooler temperatures in the Northern Gulf of Mexico may "blunt" the storm a bit before it hits the Gulf Coast on Monday or early Tuesday. Let's hope so...

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          • #6
            How long before some talking head inserts a "Gustav mauls her" reference?

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            • #7
              Reporting now that it's borderline cat-5 -- it's footprint is twice as big as that of Katrina. NOLA has been issued a mandatory evacuation. Looking to make landfall on Monday morning:

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              • #8
                someone told me that hurricane katrina was a category 5 hurricane while in the gulf, but it was only a 3 when it hit land, does anyone know if that is true or not?

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by doug091463
                  someone told me that hurricane katrina was a category 5 hurricane while in the gulf, but it was only a 3 when it hit land, does anyone know if that is true or not?
                  Among recorded hurricanes, it was the sixth strongest overall and the third strongest to make a landfall in the United States. Hurricane Katrina formed over the Bahamas on August 23, 2005, and crossed southern Florida as a moderate Category 1 hurricane, causing some deaths and flooding there before strengthening rapidly in the Gulf of Mexico. The storm weakened before making its second landfall as a Category 3 storm on the morning of Monday,
                  phsstt!

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by SQUACKEE
                    Originally posted by doug091463
                    someone told me that hurricane katrina was a category 5 hurricane while in the gulf, but it was only a 3 when it hit land, does anyone know if that is true or not?
                    Among recorded hurricanes, it was the sixth strongest overall and the third strongest to make a landfall in the United States. Hurricane Katrina formed over the Bahamas on August 23, 2005, and crossed southern Florida as a moderate Category 1 hurricane, causing some deaths and flooding there before strengthening rapidly in the Gulf of Mexico. The storm weakened before making its second landfall as a Category 3 storm on the morning of Monday,
                    The storm surge from hurricanes are created while they are over water. So Katrina may have only hit New Orleans with category 3 winds, but it hit with a category 5 storm surge.

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                    • #11
                      The timing of Gustav couldn't be worse for the Republicans. Many or their scheduled convention speakers have already canceled, including LA governor Bobby Jindal and TX governor Rick Perry. This gives new meaning to the phrase "the Democrats have the wind at their back".

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by jazzcyclist
                        "the Democrats have the wind at their back".
                        You-know-who is in the details! :wink:

                        As I just posted on the PolConv thread, the RNC is totally screwed. No one there had better look like they are enjoying any of the 'party' or they will look like insensitive boors to the victims of this hurricane. Bush and Cheney have already bailed.

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                        • #13
                          Well, I survived. I'm on generator power and I there's a ton of debris in my yard, but all the down trees and limbs missed my house and my vehicles. I can do without that experience again anytime soon.

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                          • #14
                            Good to hear you made it jc... hope the mess isn't insurmountable!

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                            • #15
                              It was announced today that 95% of Baton Rouge is without electricity and cable service and that 50% of the city will have to wait 4 weeks or more to see these services restored. The good news is that I do have a generator and my Direct TV service (I've never been a cable guy) was unaffected. The bad news is that, despite having the nation's second largest refinery located less than two miles from downtown Baton Rouge, gasoline is scarce, and today I had to wait in line for an hour to get fuel for my generator. Also, since the stores have little or no power, most of them have instituted a policy of only letting a small number in at a time. I went to Home Depot at 12:30 P.M. today, but quickly left when one of the guys who was still waiting in the long line outside informed me that he had been waiting in line since 9:00 A.M.

                              It's amazing to see firsthand the destruction that Mother Nature is capable of. Aside from the large non-treed boulevards and downtown area which is all concrete, there didn't seem to be a single street that had more than a half mile stretch without a fallen tree laying across it. Because of this, the traffic often detoured through ditches, parking lots, and in one case, someone's front lawn. I did notice how different trees reacted differently to the wind. Oak trees tended to uproot, no matter how big they were, while pine trees just snapped into. I also thought about Iraq and its people, who've had to endure much less reliable utility services for the last five years as a result of the U.S. invasion.

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