Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Rita Due South of Key West

The eye of Rita is just about 50 miles due south of Key West now, at 2:30 in the afternoon. The winds have picked up here, but not as strong as Katrina was when it came by three weeks ago. The National Weather Service is reporting that winds are up to 100 miles an hour, making it a Category 2 as it moves into the Gulf of Mexico.

Parts of Key West are without power, but we've had power all day, since about 9:30 this morning. No telling how long that will last, so I'll try to get this report off shortly.

I went outside an hour or so ago to see if the water has risen in the street at the corner, where it normally does. At that time, it was still good. The City opened up the new groundwater injection well last week, and it seems to be working well. Our landlords seem to have left the house. They were going to go to a friend's house on Sugarloaf Key (MM20) because the friend has a generator.

The news people are reporting that there are people out and about, including at the White Street Pier. The president just declared Florida a disaster area, which will free up money to repair damages once the storm is over.

So, once again we aren't being complacent here. We can go higher up in our building if the water should rise.

I'm watching film right now of people standing on a jetty at Haulover Beach in Miami. Several people are standing on the jetty. Now that's foolish.

Pictures are coming in from Havana, where it's as windy and rainy as it is here.

Here's the two o'clock update from NWS.

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