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Re: global warming/Rita

You know? You have to wonder what one does if one does not own a car or have money for a motel? Are there places to go? How close is your calculation to Corpus? I just sent a lot of plants down there to a good ol guy and I would sure hate to see him or his wife hurt in anyway.

Computers are funny things. I literally talk with folks all around the earth each day. I get to experience in just a small way their culture and how they live their lives an experience that has never happened in the history of the world. Instantly I am in touch with my friend Aishah in Malaysia or Udi in Israel or Dinh Vu in Vietnam or Nadeen in Canada or Carlos in Belgium and Alexis in Panama. However, there is never good without some kind of bad. As payment for knowing these fantastic people I also have to share their pain, anxiety, fear and their loss. Scotty take care of yourself and your family and think of my new friend Bill in Corpus. He's a great guy and could use the good thoughts.

----- Original Message ----- From: " Scottie Baugh" <robbinsbaugh@earthlink.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, September 20, 2005 10:22 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] global warming/Rita

Nope, here I am. Work tomorrow; have to close down the network at the library. Director didn't decide we would close until about 4 pm today. I need to back up all data and get tapes to various people, then shut it down and disconnect everything.

Then, batten down the boat. And house. And Gary is supposed to work tomorrow and Thursday, but since the mandatory evac for our part of Galveston County was announced I imagine they will shut down earlier. So, once I finish with the library and the boat, I can pack up the car with cats, clothes, computers, household records, treasures, and enough household goods to start over somewhere else. I sure hate to leave, for many reasons, but especially because of the four fish tanks. Once the power fails, the fish are goners. And there's no way we can pack up 55, 38, 20 and 9 gallon tanks, or even bag all the fish and take them. I might squeeze in the 20 and the 9, and my favorite fish, but how do you choose?

We're going to Gary's Dad's in Arlington. Mandatory evac for our area begins Thursday at noon. It will take a day to get to the other side of Houston, more than likely.

Our house is about 7 miles from Galveston Bay, just on the west side of 45. In that worst case flood/surge they keep showing on ABC, Noreen, we're under about 15 feet of water. Between the surge projections and the wind projections, and the way the insurance companies are treating people in Mississippi and Alabama, I'm trying very hard to be objective and not expect too much.

My personal favorite forecaster, a met who flies on the planes that go into the storms, is predicting landfall at 27N 97.5W, which is down in Kenedy County (King Ranch). I sure hope he's right -- not much there but cattle! Who knows, this far out, maybe he is right.

God speed to all in the path. I'll let you guys know what happens.

Texas Gulf Coast
----- Original Message ----- From: <TeichFlora@aol.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, September 20, 2005 11:34 PM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] global warming/Rita

Actually, once they found out that another hurricane was coming, they were
happy to get out of the shelters.....after what they experienced in the NO
superdome, they wanted no part of staying at another one during a storm. Can't
blame them.
There were only a few left anyway, most have already been given apartments,
houses, or hotel rooms to stay in.
Can't say I blame them for wanting to get out....things are not looking too
great around here.
Shelves of stores are bare. Just came home from a Bromeliad society
meeting, usually there are only a few people driving around out here in the
subdivisions compared to the city, but tonight at 11 p.m. it is as if it were in the
middle of the day, the streets are packed, stores are packed, lines at the
gas stations.

They are now saying that Rita could become a Cat 5 even. Almost all the
schools in the area will be closed from tomorrow on already, even here in
Houston. The Mayor is calling for voluntary evacuation of Houston areas, mandatory
for coastal areas. They forecast with a Cat 4 storm that anywhere south of
I-10 would have 100 mph winds, north of I-10 all the way to Huntsville and
further north, should expect 75 mph winds. Storm surge flooding from coast to
south Houston, flooding other areas from rains.

I've personally never experienced a hurricane of this magnatude, just
feeling the side effects or such from storms in the past, but never this bad. Even
if it hits south of here half way between Houston and Corpus, we would
experience 100 mph winds...so either way we are bracing for something. We'll see.
Hoping it will go far south, maybe Mexico....but that seems doubtful.

I'm assuming Scotty has already evacuated, or will do so. Anyone heard from

zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast

In a message dated 9/20/2005 6:46:10 PM Central Standard Time,
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:

I can't imagine these poor tired and worn out people having to pick up and
move on again. We weren't born a nomadic people. Maybe some will find
their way up here; we were ready for them.

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