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Wow, one can only hope that the weather forecasts turn out to be incorrect, as it sounds like the gulf area is due for another devastation... The size of the storm on the weather map at this point is staggering. It's hard to imagine the emotions of people now being forced to escape from the places to which they had originally evacuated.

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21. Re: Rita Sep 22, 2005, 16:57 Ray Marden
 
Did you not hear? IT IS THE YAKUZA ATTACKING US!

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,170064,00.html
Umm...yeah.
Thinking it must be true because I read it on the in-tar-web,
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20. Re: Rita Sep 22, 2005, 16:49 Yosemite Sam
 
Methinks mother nature is giving her opinion of the US position on global warming. I find it curious that Rita started off as a bunch of thunder storms off of cuba and not a storm from africa.

 
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19. Re: Rita Sep 22, 2005, 15:54 Smack_Dabb
 
Get used to it. This is a cycle that will last another 100 years. This is just the middle of the season this year. There will be many more this year alone. I lived through 4 last year in Florida alone. So far this year we have just been very lucky but we all know that this one (Rita) may be in our door tomorrow if it changes track, or, the next one may be the end to florida as we know it. Only time will tell.

 
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18. Re: Rita Sep 22, 2005, 11:44 Bronco
 

What a dumb bitch...

In PA the law is really goofy on this. Even with DNA evidence PA courts have denied requests for the suspension of child support due to infidelity. How's that for crazy?

Alot of people I know down there are heading into central Texas right now, good luck to everyone down there. I can't imagine trying to ride this one out.

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17. Re: Rita Sep 22, 2005, 09:11 Zathrus
 
Variety of responses:

it will, presumably, grow even bigger/stronger as it keeps on heading toward Texas.

Actually, it's expected to weaken, but still be at least a Cat3 when it hits land. The open Gulf tends to strengthen hurricanes, but they weaken as they get closer to land. It's internal pressure has increased (weakened) from 898 mB to 907 mB overnight, which is a good thing. It was the 3rd lowest pressure hurricane in recorded history.

In, what, just weeks we now have to category 5-level storm?

Yup. Only the 3rd time since we've been recording hurricanes that it's happened (two Cat5s in the same season). IIRC, the other two incidences (1960 and 1961) also happened in a short period of time.



Though I wonder how much gauging is going on here though. Seems every little trouble that hits the news the gas goes up for no reason.

It's because we have a very tight supply/demand chain when it comes to gasoline, and world supplies are also pretty tight right now. So when there's a disruption in the process -- even if it's only for a few hours -- it will cause price jumps. It's very, very simple economics.

If you don't have a full tank right now, I'd recommend remedying that ASAP.

Actually, not sure if storms to that side of the continent are actually hurricanes..aren't they typhoons or some such?

They're called typhoons, but they're all cyclonic storms and thus the same thing. It's just a matter of terminology.



I could never live in a place near such a major storm generator.

Shrug. Since FEMA was founded by Jimmy Carter pretty much every part of the US has been declared a federal disaster area -- except a portion of southern Nevada. Which is pretty much all owned by the military.

And good luck to everyone involved... no matter what it's going to be a big one.

 
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16. Re: No subject Sep 22, 2005, 08:59 Creston
 
Actually, not sure if storms to that side of the continent are actually hurricanes..aren't they typhoons or some such?

They're the same thing, just a different name. In the Atlantic / US they're called Hurricanes, and in the Pacific / Asia they're generally called Typhoons, but it's the exact same thing.

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15. Re: Rita Sep 22, 2005, 08:54 Creston
 
but am I the only one that wonders when the next one, the third one, is coming?

Most meteorologists expect 6 or 7 more hurricanes, some of which are already spawning off the coast of africa.

Now, normally the odds of two such powerful hurricanes in a row is pretty small, but Rita grew frighteningly in size once it reached the caribbean. The caribbean sea is currently so damn warm that it's just one big furnace for those fucking hurricanes.

Nothing to do about it except ride it out.

Honestly, I just keep on looking at how huge that thing is. It is all a joke, right? It cannot be that big, can it?

Yup. The caribbean sea just keeps adding moisture to it. When I was in Cancun, we'd have clear mornings, and within space of an hour just absolutely HUMONGOUS clouds would form. Not storm systems, but clouds that were literally 10-15km high. Just goes to show you how much moisture is being pumped up by the ocean.

If it keeps to its predicted path, however, it shouldn't be AS bad as with Katrina. There isn't a humongous swamp and the largest river in the US waiting to add to the misery on the texas coastline. But it will dump an ungodly amount of rain and wind on Texas and Oklahoma and probably the surrounding states (although I do expect it to lower in power severely once it's completely over texas).

Note to people in Corpus Christi and Houston etc: EVACUATE. Go to Dallas and beyond for the weekend.

Good luck to all of you who are on the coast, or have friends or family there.

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14. Re: Rita Sep 22, 2005, 07:58 nin
 

What a dumb bitch...

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13. Re: Rita Sep 22, 2005, 05:45 TorTorden
 
When one would be coming close I'd call in sick, pile some stuff into my car, and drive up North.

That's not being chicken, but more like common sense.

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12. No subject Sep 22, 2005, 04:53 D4rkKnight
 
The storm is still a ways away and they ussually die down after reaching these cat 4-5 windspeeds, I cant imagine it being a cat 5 when it makes landfall.

 
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11. Re: **** Sep 22, 2005, 03:43 Halsy
 
America, land of the weird, home of the paranoid.


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10. Re: **** Sep 22, 2005, 03:22 Tango
 
All I can say is yuck.
I read the order has been given for some evacuations in various places. Just as long as people fucking well listen this time.

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9. Re: **** Sep 22, 2005, 01:33 Quaternion
 
I'm up in Dallas, where Rita is scheduled to reach on Saturday night. It's pretty far inland, so it probably won't be too bad, but I'm stocking up on supplies in case the Texas power grid gets wiped out for a few days.

 
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8. **** Sep 22, 2005, 01:20 jm0ris0n
 
Fuck, my family lives in houston My girlfriends parents are leaving the city and what would normally take 45 -60 minutes to drive has so far taken them six hours. They are only 1/4 of the way to san antonio too. Their house is about 30 minutes from galveston. My family lives much further from the coast, about 60 miles. But still as one reporter stated it, rita is like a tornado the size of Georgia, so 60 miles or not, our house might get some serious flooding/damage. All I can say is yuck.

...someone please hand me a shiner...

PS: I appreciate all the support.


 
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7. No subject Sep 22, 2005, 00:42 Masa
 
Is Indigo Prophecy that good? I haven't read any reviews on it yet nor played the demo...wait, I've got broadband, I'll just get it tonight.

Anyway, earlier today when Rita was still Cat 4 they were estimating that gas would go up to $5/gallon here in the states and that Natural Gas is going to make a major hike as well.



Yeah, and in SE Indiana, where I live, the gas stations are proclaiming the same thing. Though I wonder how much gauging is going on here though. Seems every little trouble that hits the news the gas goes up for no reason.


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Not good. Not good at all. I swear, I could never live in a place near such a major storm generator.

Man, I grew up in Arizona, where there're hardly any storms. The closest thing we had was a hurrican in winter 1997 that came up the Gulf of California. But by the time it hit landfall and could do anything it was a tropical storm. Actually, not sure if storms to that side of the continent are actually hurricanes..aren't they typhoons or some such?
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6. Re: Fahrenheit Sep 22, 2005, 00:14 ExcessDan
 
I'm still waiting on battalion wars from Best Buy. They're absolutely incompetent with sending orders at release but I needed to spend the 5 dollars they gave me for fucking up my bf2 dvd order.

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5. Re: Rita Sep 21, 2005, 23:56 kanniballl
 
I was reading some article on a news site, I don't remember if this was mainstream or not.

Anyway, earlier today when Rita was still Cat 4 they were estimating that gas would go up to $5/gallon here in the states and that Natural Gas is going to make a major hike as well.

Their reasoning was that they're still trying to repair the oil rigs from Katrina, and they'll probably get damaged again from Rita. Then near Texas are more oil rigs, but the major blow will be the refineries and reserves sitting in the path of destruction.

Not good. Not good at all. I swear, I could never live in a place near such a major storm generator.

Even before the devastation, if I lived in a a place like that I'd save my sick/personal days for hurricanes and such. When one would be coming close I'd call in sick, pile some stuff into my car, and drive up North. Not that I'm a chicken sh!t, but hurricanes can be bad and they're pretty much the only natural disaster that we get a little warning about.


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4. Re: Fahrenheit Sep 21, 2005, 23:38 nin
 
I spent part of today prepping machines for people from our Houston office. The plan is they're going to come up here to work...also sounds like a lot of energy companies on the Texas coast are closing up shop, some until Monday.

Saw that emergency landing on the news tonight while I was stuck at work...kudos to the pilot. I was very surprised that nose gear didn't snap on landing.



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3. Rita Sep 21, 2005, 23:18 Ray Marden
 
Really, what do say? Just look at the stupid thing. Head to toe, the thing is already as big as Florida and it will, presumably, grow even bigger/stronger as it keeps on heading toward Texas.

It alone is a freaking beast, much less the one-two combo of Rita and Katrina. In, what, just weeks we now have to category 5-level storm? What do you say to that? Other than...just g*d d*mn. Just from outward buffer damage, it has a change of screwing up Louisiana again and that is without even seeing what it does at landfall.

The really morbid thing is just sitting here and literally waiting to see what damage and how much damage is wreaks upon the area. Katrina already has a huge bill that the government is going to struggle to pay, much less whatever Rita adds. I hate to be a dick and think about this, but these two sure were close togethe and extremely powerful, but am I the only one that wonders when the next one, the third one, is coming?

Then there is all the "smaller" crap. Are we ready this time? Will it be as bad? As worse? If we need to, where will those people go? What will gas go to this time?

Honestly, I just keep on looking at how huge that thing is. It is all a joke, right? It cannot be that big, can it? Category 5 cannot be that bad, right? That area cannot be dealing with all this all over again, right?
I hate to say this, but I will SO take earthquakes over that crap.
Just waiting...watching...waiting...finding it a bit incomprehensible,
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2. Re: Fahrenheit Sep 21, 2005, 23:06 Ray Marden
 
I still have no idea what is going on with my Fahrenheit order. Though GoGamer now lists the import as being on pre-order for 9-27-04 (???,) its website is reportedly claiming that my order has completed ordering, payment, and shipment. I do see that BoA is reporting the charge to my card so I can only hope somebody shows up tomorrow with a delivery. Otherwise, b00bi35 be damned, I will buy Indigo Prophecy from Gamestop whenever it does come in, presumably Friday.
Freaking Creston! It is all his fault!!!
About ready to kill for some darn version of this game,
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