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Here is what we have received from viewers so far.
► C. Hilton – DFW Metroplex – 9/24/05 @ 8:17 p.m.
My husband and I are both from
► Bill N. –
Just to let you know… No power or phone service on Carriage Dr. in the Settlement. Have a large oak tree on my house as well at
► Tracy Broadway – Center, TX – 9/24/05 @ 1:30 p.m.
8.46 inches of rain today in Center through 1:30 p.m.; numerous roads underwater
► David –
There are numerous trees down and on houses on Cunningham drive in
► J. Williams – Wells, TX – 9/24/05 @ 1:02 p.m.
My name is Jacki. I live in Wells down fm 1819. We have a laptop that is allowing me to e-mail you. We have been without power for a while now, and were wondering would the electric companies be waiting till the storm is over.
Also wondering how the storm is doing and will we expect any more high winds and rain? The wind was blowing so fast my front yard is full of shingles.
When and where did the storm hit land, and how bad is the southern part of
Thanks you for staying and tracking the storm just to keep East Texans updated.
We are here in
Editor’s Note: If anyone has information for
► J. Young – 9/24/05 @ 10:45 a.m.
I just talked to my brother who lives south of Hemphill in
► D. Jones –
I live in
Electricity: On (blink on and off repeated but has remained in-service)
Telephone: On (Including digital services such as DSL)
Cable TV: Off
So far so good. Thanks for the updates!
Looking forward to putting things back together. Hopefully the storm will pass within the next few hours (at least the brunt of it.)
Keep up the good work, Jené
► K. Crowley – Center, TX – 9/24/05 @ 9:50 a.m.
Center has had no power since 6:00 a.m. The winds have calmed some, but expect worse.
► D. Fischer –
Denise Fischer here again. We are located 5½ miles east of Etoile. My husband said that you just said the eye wall will be here in about 45 minutes. What wind speed should we expect while the eye wall is over us?
► Fr. Jim Sichko –
How are the conditions presently in
► ErinLeigh Bryan –
You're doing a great job this morning. Wanted to let you know of a scare we had about 8:15 this morning. A tree fell on a gas line or meter on
► M. Ritter –
Good morning, Jené,'
Your weather blog is great! The other guys are nowhere close. Awesome!
I'm in Nac. The tornado sirens just went off, but power is still up.
btw, could you post the direction and speed of the storm so we know how quickly we'll get the heavy stuff from Jasper?
► J Hickman –
Do you know how the folks on FM 843 in
Editor’s Note: If you have any information for Joy Hickman, please e-mail her at JOY714449@aol.com.
► C. Lancaster –
From a phone call from my sister at 602 E. Groesbeck Av., in
“Her electricity has been going off and on since about 3:00 a.m., but it has been off for a while now, so she thinks it's staying off this time. She has been in the guest room most of the time because she felt safer in there. A big limb fell between your two houses, but did not hit anything. A lot of smaller limbs are down all over. She said it's just sheets and sheets of rain with swirling winds.
► J. Burrows –
Not sure exactly when it happened, but I have one large tree blown down across my driveway and another large limb broken off of a tree. I live on
► R. Wray –
We are in
► L. Bailey –
Redland – Winston 8 Ranch Rd., power lines down next door, trees down next door to me on each side all over the place. The wind is very strong.
► Beara –
Thanks for the heads up about bicycle helmet when going out side. Still have power in parts of Brookhollow, but don’t know for how long.
► C. Smith –
Power out on Park Circle Drive off FM 1194 in
► C. Davidson –
This is Cheryl Davidson in
It is raining, but not coming down too hard. As far as I know, no trees are down but, at our place, some tree limbs are laying in our front yard. No flooding yet, but if I hear anything, I will report as best I can.
► T. Martin –
Power failed at 1:43 a.m.
3.10" rain as of 7:51 a.m.
43 mph wind nnw at 7:03 a.m.
28.97" barometric pressure at 7:45 a.m.
► T. Swanson –
Dear KTRE staff,
You guys are doing a great job in keeping us informed.
We lost electricity at 1:45 a.m. and we have been running off of a small 5000 watt generator since then.
I am located about three miles inside San Augustine County, just past the Attoyac River/Sam Rayburn [bridge], just off of Hwy. 103.
It appears that the eye wall is heading towards us. That should be interesting. We have experienced some hurricane force winds at times, and I wish I had an anemometer to measure its speed… We have quite a few limbs down, but nothing severe.
There are ten of us here, including four evacuees from Highlands,
Again, thanks for keeping us informed, and may His hand protect all of you and your families.
Pastor Tim Swanson
► “Sewing Queen” –
We are in
► Fitts – Center, TX – 9/24/05 @ 7:53 a.m.
It's rough here in Center. I'm clocking almost 50 mph winds on my back porch. The rain is coming down in sheets and the spray is awesome to watch.
► S. Holman –
I live in the
God bless everyone during this time. Thank you for your informative coverage. Take care.
Steve and Wendy Holman
► C. Landers –
Still have power. However, wind has picked-up quite a bit, and seems to be coming from no particular direction. Two trees down on my property. Seems to be getting worse.
► D. Bautista –
Groveton's power is out. I called my family there and they have not had power for a while.
► P. Castella –
I live on
► Roger –
There is no electricity by North Timberland route,
► S. Jones –
My name is Shawn Jones. I am in
► T. Soileau –
I live in Kings Row just south of
I got a call from my parents who live in Sam Rayburn, off of Hwy. 1007. They are trapped in the house because of trees against the house. [The] roof is torn open in one spot, and several walls are cracked, but they are fine. You could hear the howl of the wind over the phone. I have some video of the evacuation, storm this morning, and will take some when going to parents.
► D. Fischer –
First let me say you are doing a great job. We are currently being powered by generator. We were awakened at 4:30 a.m. when our power went out. Our exact location is
Rain is moderately heavy right now with wind gusts every few minutes. We have one small limb down that we can see from our back porch.
Sorry, we do not have any instruments outside to measure rain or wind speed. I do have temperature gauge. It is 74 degrees here.
Any other info I can give you, please e-mail me. Let me know on the air and I will check my e-mail.
► C. Landers –
I live on the northwest side of
The rain continues to be heavy and the rain gauge shows 1.25".
No trees down or power lines down on the northwest side of
Christian D. Landers
► S. Lewis –
► Y. Chunn –
Why can't they use the old
► S. Johnson –
I believe there should be a designated structure in
► D. Bryant –
Thank you for responding to my asking for help for the people in need in Polk and Angelina counties. I e-mailed you [and] within two hours, people were here with help. You’re there when we need you.
► D. Bryant –
Why isn't someone helping the people on Hwy.59 between Livingston and
Editor’s Note – Here is an excerpt from a news release that we just posted: “We have fuel trucks in locations and they are trying to get to everyone,” said Kathi White, TxDOT spokeswoman. “Motorists should be reminded that if a fuel truck passes them, they’re likely out of fuel and are going to refuel. It is extremely important that everyone exercise patience as we work to get people off the roadways and out of harm’s way. Stranded motorists are asked to raise their hoods and fuel crews will get to them if and when they can.” Click here to read the full story.
► P. Lee –
My thought is that it would be most helpful if you would have instructions for what people need to do to prepare all day long, maybe every half hour. I see many homes that still have patio furniture and all kinds of stuff out in their yards. If they don't have any channel but 9, it needs to be intensive today. Thank you.
Editor’s Note – As of 2:00 p.m. Friday, September 23, 2005, KTRE-TV has begun hourly Special Reports from the Live Doppler 9
► A. Halsell –
We are scared! We have never been through this before and we don’t know what to expect. We are just afraid that Rita is going to be the worst thing we have ever seen in