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Old 09-22-2005, 11:10 AM   #15
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We may have dodged the bullet

Weather this morning shows the storm taking a turn to the north. Predicition now is that the eye will pass well to the east of Austin and we may very well not even get a lot of rain. We should be on the less violent side of the storm path.

Bad news is that it is zeroing in more on Houston and Galveston and even further east toward Louisiana. News crawler said that every room in non-eastern Texas is now booked except places like El Paso (a full day drive west of here).

The Austin City Limits music event in Zilker Park is still expecting to happen. They may possibly cancel Saturday, but they are on track for Friday and Sunday.

In the meantime, I can hitch up and be on the road in 45 minutes if things change.
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Old 09-23-2005, 12:55 PM   #16
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Calm before the storm

The storm will go well east of Austin and the worst predicted are some storms with peak 40mph gusts. Even the Austin City Limits 3-day outdoor concert is happening on schedule except that a few bands cancelled because of travel problems. Less that 1" of rain is predicted here, although some parts of northeast Texas may get 20" if the storm stalls there.

The Classic will stay under roof at the storage yard. With the reduced winds and the shelter of adjoining buildings, she should be quite safe. Wish I could get the truck under cover, but

BTW: wife just called. Most of our local stations are out of gasoline. She found one and filled up, but they predicted that they would run out within a half hour. Some friends (WBCCI unit) left Spring, TX at 6:30 am yesterday. By 10am, they were nearly out of gas in Conroe, about 25 miles north. They left the interstate to get gas and weren't allowed back on, so they were proceeding north on the frontage road.

Many of the schools here are closed for the weekend and are being used as shelters for the inflow from the coastal areas.
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Old 09-23-2005, 03:02 PM   #17
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Starting to feel Rita

Just spent 40 minutes on the riding mower in a strange afternoon. It is hot out there and the sun is blazing, but the sky to the east is a white jumble of white. Elsewhere, there are acattered puffy clouds that keep changing.

Every minute or so, there is a puff of cool breeze that feels and smells like an ocean breeze. In between, it is totally still. Prediction is gusts of 25 as the afternoon goes on.
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Old 09-23-2005, 04:24 PM   #18
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I know where every back road and path is in my part of the world.
Why would any knowledgeable person try to go join the mob of people parked on the Interstate is beyond me.
Take the backroads and make some progress forward to the destination would be my choice.
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Old 09-24-2005, 09:53 AM   #19
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I'm not complaining ...

after all the fuss, the sky is almost cloudless, the air is reasonably cool, and the winds are quite moderate. We're not even expected to get any rain here, west of Austin.

My neighbor's driveways have been packed with refugees from the coast, but I was unable to reach my one known relative in Houston to offer a haven.

They are telling the evacuees to stay put for the time being until they can arrange for them to return on an orderly manner and avoid the traffic jams, and out-of-gas vehicles.
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Old 09-24-2005, 02:54 PM   #20
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I know where every back road and path is in my part of the world.
Why would any knowledgeable person try to go join the mob of people parked on the Interstate is beyond me.
Take the backroads and make some progress forward to the destination would be my choice.
We do too, but in all honesty my neighbors are all aware. For those of us in a major metropolitan area, we are using backroads every time the Interstates get screwed up with normal issues. Problem is the backroads also get clogged.

In all honesty its just about impossible to evacuate a major metropolitan area when your evacuation routes are limited.

Our big worry here in STL is the big earthquake. For those of you who don't know, one of the if not the biggest recorded earthquake on record in the continental U.S. occurred in the New Madrid fault area which is down in the boot heel area of southeast Missouri right on the Mississippi.

Based on the build up of the St. Louis area, if an earthquake of the same magnitude occurred today in that same region, St. Louis would be impacted severely. I know my major concern would be a winter quake with disruption of power and water services. Problem is we couldn't get out since most of the highway overpasses and bridges are not built to any decent seismic standards.

Some folks are beginning to note that even with storms, our electric utility company has become so lean that some folks are without electric up to 3 days. I don't remember repair times even taking more than 24 hours at the most. I know I've been looking more at an electric generator to possibly cover running the refrigerator and furnace. Some of the newer Yamaha units come equipped to run on gas, propane, or natural gas.

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lean electric utilities are a fact of life nowadays.

i have been on storms that have had folks out of power for up to a week at a time. one of the reasons my crew has not been sent south is that we don't have enough people to take care of our day to day problems. let alone go halfway across the country.

our contract crews have been gone for over a week now, if these two hurricanes are like last years, the guys will come back with thier contract company and quit. then they go back south to wildcat with whoever will take them.

traveling linemen are usually young, unattached and go where the money is.

my advice, get a generator and a transfer switch.

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My mother in Alamo Heights went visiting to Phoenix at mid-week. A local Sons of the Texas Republic officer had relatives evacuating from Houston with no place to stay -- San Antonio hotels were all full. They're now at my folks' house. The price is goodwill, thus similar to having to bivouac in an Airstream.

I don't think anything like 20% of Minneapolis citizens return from lake country on Sunday afternoon. At that, the last 50 miles back to the city creeps along. It is a wonder so many people managed to leave Galveston & New Orleans!
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