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I don’t post much here anymore, but we are alive, our home is standing, we still have power, and our neighbors are safe.     Going to go assist the Cajun Navy through the weekend. There are goi

You would think that any normal person who just survived a Category 4 Hurricane in the midst of the worst global pandemic of the last 100 years would feel somewhat invincible right now (especially sin

Power came back on last night.  In Rita in 2005, I was one of the last to get power on day 19 after the storm.  This time, for Laura, I am one of the first to get power back on at day 12.

local radio just said that they are announcing Tropical Storm warnings... in southern Arkansas! :eek:  Stay safe fellow LA and TX (and now AR) peeps! Drink 'em if you got 'em. :banned:

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Cat 5

 

ETA: that was a report from live radio, but not seeing it anywhere else yet, so maybe inaccurate

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Brutal thinking of the stress facing this, it's sheer luck it went south of Cuba instead of over the top. Massive eye. Might be the most powerful storm to hit Louisiana, per WVUE, and I'd have to think they haven't forgotten Katrina or Rita. Holly Beach at Lake Charles is so low, it's basically sea level. The weather service has evac'd from Lake Charles. God bless Vermillion, Cameron, Sabine.

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Impacting some shear way way too late.  This is the shear that was supposed to be there last night (as of 2 days ago).  

You can see some sign of this on the west side IR imaging.  

That being said, what it is now should be the peak intensity.  :scared:

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huge list from reddit

 

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I'm putting new ones at the bottom.

Live Cams

Galveston, Texas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GEZy1rcNQWE&feature=emb_logo

Another from Galveston: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1tkPY9_mIQ

Lake Charles, with NOAA radio feed: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkomVUbAyYc

Grand Isle beach: https://irgir.click2stream.com/

New Orleans: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2k4zpeUd_gI

Port Aransas: https://video.nest.com/live/t9DYpFBHia

Camp Melancon, from the user on here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jQEEe9UFzhA

Baton Rouge: http://api.wetmet.net/client-content/PlayerFrame.php?CAMERA=173-05-01&CFVER=WM&WIDTH=700&HEIGHT=394

Storm Chasers

Hurricane Track storm chasers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KP1Ee4F7q-o&feature=emb_logo

Reed Timmer, sometimes going live: https://www.facebook.com/reedtimmer2.0

Live Storm Chasers: https://livestormchasing.com/map

Severe Studios: https://www.severestudios.com/livechase/

Jeff, obvs: https://www.pscp.tv/Jeff_Piotrowski/

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Birds eye view over the city buildings of South Galveston: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2YdpsPiMR7U

Another wide view of Babe's Beach in Galveston, Texas: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cfsxro_QFE

The Weather Channel live: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8g_xRyxkM8c&feature=youtu.be

Galveston Pier: https://www.pscp.tv/w/1zqKVeRAEyAxB

Pier: https://www.pscp.tv/w/1OyJAgrBQErKb?q=laura

And in case you need one more stream of that pier: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0aFQ692oV2A

Here is another pier, maybe it's the same one, maybe it's not: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5g_vkpKCAe8

Lake Charles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4tFlWwPTx2U

 

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3 hours ago, mr roboto said:

What’s the bigger population areas that will take direct hit?  Lafayette?

Desert Power was right about Lake Charles. Lafayette is just barely far enough east to avoid the worst, but they will feel it.

Port Arthur, TX and Beaumont, TX are closer to landfall than Lafayette. Going to be rough in those towns. Again.

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Lake Charles, Pt. Arthur, and Beaumont are all slightly lower elevation that most of Lafayette as well. Only by 15' or so but in this case that makes a huge difference. Not to mention a ton of chems produced in that area that none of us want in the gulf as well.

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There's such a tight spiral on the west side of the storm, like everything when it gets northwest of the storm just gets pulled right back down to the eyewall. There's nothing over Houston right now. Just a few clouds in the sky. Had a small storm come through 8 hours ago but often not even that many clouds since.

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It's 11:40 and my attempt to get a couple of hours of sleep before the big stuff hit us has failed.  I did some phone interviews on CNN and WWL radio in New Orleans earlier this evening.  

So far the power is still on and no flooding here in Lake Charles.  Winds are pretty strong but not consistent.  

Landfall soon, then we'll begin getting the 100 mph+ winds.  We are hopeful they won't last too long.  Our surge is not expected until mid-late morning since we are 30 miles from the gulf. 

Our building has a generator so I expect to keep power, but cable, internet and cell phones might not last.  

I think I am awake for the duration now. I'll try to post an update later.

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7 hours ago, Otis said:

Holy crap.  Last I looked this was supposed to be a yawn storm.  This sure escalated fast.

Good luck all, stay safe, GTFO of there if you’re in harm’s way.

The NOAA completely borked this prediction.  Less than a day ago this was going to hit as a cat 2.  

This storm is a lot like Katrina, though.  Huge surge in the last day.  

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8 minutes ago, worrierking said:

Insane winds now. Just about in the eye. Water leaking in my office and two others!

 

Good luck, my brother. Thank you for posting these updates. 

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@Jeff_Piotrowski: Breaking news major damage in Downtown Lake Charles many skyscrapers have blown out winds.
Some of the building may be total losses.
Many roof off massive flying debris. @NWSLakeCharles #lawx #HurricaneLaura https://twitter.com/Jeff_Piotrowski/status/1298886542606446592/photo/1

@Jeff_Piotrowski: Breaking news Hurricane Laura. Lake Charles https://www.pscp.tv/w/chYInzY2MjY0MXwxbW54ZWxtb3B3TkpYyyTS8U5FGAYGSxY66mK2aWj_ZQXkLyVaHhbO7V48gUw=

 

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Stay safe, folks. I know that's so stupid, but it's my way of saying that I'm thinking of you. Best to all of you affected or about to be affected. Grace.

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4 hours ago, worrierking said:

Transformers are starting to go out in downtown LC. They look like lightning and sound like fireworks. Making landfall now.

Hang in there.

Side note:  Do you think Transformers buy life insurance or car insurance?

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23 minutes ago, worrierking said:

Made it through the night.  Now the building has no water and I can't make coffee.  I might need the first responders to rescue me from this disaster😄

Any idea of damage/flooding to immediate area?

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Are these TWC reporters trying to win some Jim Cantore emmy for “most dangerous live weather broadcast?”  the gal last night, couldn’t say anything as she was just trying to not get blown away and if she did say anything you couldn’t understand her with the wind noise.
 

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I don’t post much here anymore, but we are alive, our home is standing, we still have power, and our neighbors are safe.  
 

Going to go assist the Cajun Navy through the weekend. There are going to be a lot of people who need help.  Hope everyone on the board is safe. 

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Seems like the storm surge wasn't that bad.  There was a forecasted re-curve late that would have walled up the water that never happened.  

For the most part the reports are of wind damage mostly, won't see anything approaching Katrina/Harvey.

 

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53 minutes ago, culdeus said:

Seems like the storm surge wasn't that bad.  There was a forecasted re-curve late that would have walled up the water that never happened.  

For the most part the reports are of wind damage mostly, won't see anything approaching Katrina/Harvey.

 

I feel like we have a long way to go on forecasting storm surge.

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2 minutes ago, PIK95 said:

I feel like we have a long way to go on forecasting storm surge.

Alternative view is that rapidly intensifying storms don't bring with them as much surge.  (note, this is me talking out of my ### again may not represent reality)

 

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7 hours ago, culdeus said:

Alternative view is that rapidly intensifying storms don't bring with them as much surge.  (note, this is me talking out of my ### again may not represent reality)

 

That does seem to be the case.

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The coffee situation has improved dramatically. At home I have no power or internet, so I have to go to the office for anything other than cell service. It’s ok, nowhere near normal. I couldn’t post pictures on Facebook because the bandwidth stank. Speaking of stank, our water came on last night so I got a shower, which my co workers are currently appreciating. 

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6 minutes ago, worrierking said:

The coffee situation has improved dramatically. At home I have no power or internet, so I have to go to the office for anything other that cell service. It’s ok, nowhere near normal. I couldn’t post pictures on Facebook because the bandwidth stank. Speaking of stank, our water came on last night so I got a shower, which my co workers are currently appreciating. 

Cat update?

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5 hours ago, JaxBill said:

Cat update?

Sushi is fine.  She won't go outside because it's a bunch of strange smells and sights.  But at least she isn't hissing at me any more.  She was mighty ticked off when I first went back into the house.

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