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Old 2005-09-21, 01:30   #1
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Can you believe how many hurricanes we've had? They sent people from New Orleans to Houston from Katrina, and now moving them to Arkansas because of Rita! I believe it could hit me! I live north of Houston.

Take a look at Katrina:
http://maps.google.com/maps?q=New+Or...4616&t=e&hl=en
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Old 2005-09-21, 05:36   #2
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I seriously think we are going to run out of names this year! Won't it be cool to have Hurricane Alpha, Beta, Gamma, epsilon?
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Old 2005-09-21, 23:31   #3
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I myself live about a thousand miles from the coast, but some of my family are evacuating Houston in wake of Rita. I heard a rumor that they may eventually resort to using names from the Greek alphabet (it was just today but I can't remember exactly where).
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Old 2005-09-22, 05:31   #4
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greek leters are the official "plan B."
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Old 2005-09-22, 12:13   #5
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Looks like Houston has a problem... any board members from Houston? Wacky? How's things down there?

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Old 2005-09-22, 17:55   #6
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Looks like Houston has a problem... any board members from Houston? Wacky? How's things down there?

Alex
Well, thankfully, I'm not from Houston. I'm in Austin which is about 250 miles inland. Last night, we were in the middle of the track and they thought that it might still be a Cat 1 Hurricane when it got here. But today, the track is projected a bit further east and we aren't expecting much of a direct problem since we will be on the weaker side of the track.

However, we are certainly feeling the effects.
(1) There are already shortages of petrol here in Austin. The refineries down on the coast (25% of the US capacity) are directly in the path and are shutting down. They have diverted distribution to the Houston area so that those people can get out. But when they get this far, they need a refill and we aren't getting adequate supplies for that.
(2) There are no available hotel rooms in most of Texas. In the case of Austin, we already had quite a load of refugees from New Orleans. In addition, there is a very big annual music festival here this weekend. And now, we are getting all of those from the Houston area, too.
(3) They have already opened 10 schools to provide temporary shelter. 3 of those are full and they are preparing more.
(4) The grocery stores are overcrowded with people stocking up for the weekend. I know of 3 nearby stores that have no bottled water and few soft drinks left on the shelf.
So much for Austin ...
From the news, the situation is similar down in San Antonio.
Houston is really in a panic. Cars are backed up for miles and moving at only walking speed on the 5 west-bound motorway lanes of Interstate Highway 10 leading toward San Antonio. I suspect that it is the result of the roadway narrowing to 3 lanes some 30 miles to the west. They are in the process of closing the eastbound lanes to handle additional west-bound traffic.

And we still have 36 hours until landfall ....

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Old 2005-09-22, 20:56   #7
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Quote:
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greek leters are the official "plan B."
Sorry, but the resolution on my monitor is not quite as good as I would have liked.

Is that a Beta or a Bee?


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Old 2005-09-23, 00:21   #8
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um if we go to alpha bata then when we hit zata we will need "alpha alpha" "alpha bata" once we run out of names spelled out like that we might have to do something really insane like use smilies " " " "
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Old 2005-09-23, 01:14   #9
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um if we go to alpha bata then when we hit zata we will need "alpha alpha" "alpha bata" once we run out of names spelled out like that we might have to do something really insane like use smilies " " " "
The last Greek letter is Omega, not Zeta.
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Old 2005-09-23, 06:03   #10
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Is that a Beta or a Bee?
A B, c?

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Old 2005-09-23, 16:09   #11
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A B, c?

Alex
Did you miss the joke?

Anyway, there is no gas in my area, there was a little bit of water and sports drinks but everything else is in almost full supply besides bread. I should be okay because it's moving east and I will get the weaker side.
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