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Re: Rita

Thanks Jim, this is great info.  That's what they kept saying that the  
smallest item could become a missile and do serious damage....so I'm thinking my  
entire yard is an artillery.
So if it is on the ground it is fine???  What about benches??  I  brought in 
all the bonsai pots, and took down all the orchids and  bromeliads in the 
trees that were not anchored and brought them in.   Heavier hanging baskets I just 
set below the trees.  I'm so glad to hear  that I don't have to bring in 
every single pot.  Geesh.  If you think  of anything else, please let me know. I 
hate to do things that are unnecessary  when so much needs to be done.
My back yard faces due south.  Right now all the computer models bring  the 
storm right into the gulf area directly under us.  I live SSE of  Katy, Tx. in 
the line of the path.  Matagorda is the closest beach to  us, where we always 
go fishing.  Poor folks, that is such a pretty area,  but at least not as 
populated as Galveston.  They still say there will be a  serious storm surge going 
through all the coast east of Matagorda though.   All of Houston is on the 
dirty side of the storm either way.
On a good note, they showed earlier that there were trucks at Pet stores,  
etc. evacuating the pets at Vet offices and pet stores.  Was glad to see  that.
Thanks Jim for the advice and the info, much appreciate it.  Our local  
stations have been bringing information non-stop all day with updates and advice  
on a constant basis, but all was too vague about someone with a garden.   
Thanks Jim!!!!!!!!!  
zone 9
Texas Gulf Coast
In a message dated 9/21/2005 4:04:02 PM Central Standard Time,  
gardenchat-owner@hort.net writes:

My  experience, Noreen, is limited to the only hurricane I was ever 
in--in  1952 or 53--and what I've seen from Charley, which was a 
powerful but  narrowly constrained storm. Speaking about the wind, the 
main thing, I  think, is that stuff close to the ground doesn't move 
much. The farther up  you go, the greater the wind influence. So 
minimize potential missiles;  take everything down [hanging baskets, 
wind chimes, doo-dads] that could  become airborne and put them on the 

Plants are you best  protection from wind damage. Check the satellites 
and the local radar  [http://snipurl.com/hur5] and figure where the wind 
will be coming from.  Remember these babies rotate counter clockwise, so 
your initial impact is  going to be on the southeast. If you have 
shrubs, hedges, trees on that  angle, you may be sufficiently protected. 
If you don't, try to block those  windows from flying debris.

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