Quote: Thanks, I am going to leave. I have been an avid strom chaser since 1976, went through Alicia(1983), Claudette(1979) , Jerry(1989), Chantal(1989). and Allison(2002), but NEVER a RITA (2005). Wisdom will win out over my love for HURRICANES.
Smart choice. Just remember, if you want to continue to be a storm chaser, you have to get out of the way of the storm occcassionally. Even if Rita weakens it will still potentially destroy much of the area... and right now there is no sign that weakening is imminent. It probably will happen but the intensity forecasts for Rita have been well under what has happened so far... which means the 180 in 12 hours could end up being 200, and the 155 at landfall could be 170. Of course, the forecast could be right from here on out, too, but I would not want to go through even 140mph in a low-lying area.
Eloise (1975) - Elena and several other near misses (1985) - Erin & Opal (1995) - Ivan (2004)
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