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    Strong Hurricane Lili Roars Toward U.S. Gulf Coast

    Strong Hurricane Lili Roars Toward U.S. Gulf Coast
    Wed Oct 2, 6:44 PM ET

    By Jeff Franks HOUSTON (Reuters) - Powerful Hurricane Lili grew into a major storm on Wednesday and took aim at the U.S. Gulf Coast with 140 mph winds and the threat of massive flooding, prompting authorities to warn coastal residents of Louisiana and Texas to flee.

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    A hurricane warning was posted from High Island, Texas, to the mouth of the Mississippi River, with Lili expected to roar ashore over Louisiana on Thursday.

    The U.S. National Hurricane Center ( news - web sites) in Miami issued an urgent warning, telling coastal residents of Louisiana and Texas to get out of its path. The hurricane center upgraded Lili to a dangerous Category 4 storm on the five-step Saffir-Simpson scale.

    Mandatory evacuations were ordered in towns along the Louisiana coast, which was lashed by the heavy rains and high winds of Tropical Storm Isidore just last week. In southeastern Texas, officials advised residents to seek higher ground.

    "Preparations to protect life and property in the hurricane warning area should be rushed to completion," National Hurricane Center said in an advisory. "Lili is expected to make landfall as a major hurricane." A Category 4 hurricane, which reaches that classification when its winds reach 131 miles per hour, can cause extensive wind damage and bring a massive storm surge that floods inland for miles.

    Lili was expected to make landfall on Thursday, perhaps near the coastal town of Cameron in southwestern Louisiana, forecasters said.

    More than 400 people died in Cameron Parish in June 1957 when Hurricane Audrey, also a Category 4 storm, struck the area with such force that the Gulf of Mexico flooded 25 miles inland.

    The hurricane center warned that Lili could be just as bad, saying, "A life-threatening storm surge of 10 to 20 feet above normal is likely. ... The surge could spread as much as 25 miles inland." The storm, which left at least five dead after pounding Jamaica and Cuba on its way to the Gulf of Mexico, was located 285 miles south of New Orleans and was heading northwest at 16 mph. As of 4 p.m., Lili's center was at latitude 25.9 degrees north and longitude 90 degrees west, the hurricane center said.


    In Grand Isle, Louisiana, located south of New Orleans, local officials piled up sandbags around the low-lying town. Mayor David Camardelle said all residents were told to leave, but not everyone would.

    "It's always hard to get everyone out of here. You've got a few people who stay, die-hards and some old-timers," he said.

    "We're not going to give up. We're going to be all right," Camardelle said as he went back to piling up sandbags.

    In Beaumont, Texas, near the Louisiana border, lines of cars stretched for miles on roads heading north as people fled the area.

    As the storm ripped through the Gulf of Mexico, oil workers manning offshore platforms were flown to safety and oil and gas production curtailed. About 25 percent of all natural gas produced in the United States comes from the Gulf.

    Refineries along the coast shut down, as did the Louisiana Offshore Oil Port, or LOOP, the largest U.S. oil port.

    NASA ( news - web sites) postponed Wednesday's scheduled launch of the space shuttle Atlantis ( news - web sites) from Cape Canaveral, Florida, as Lili moved into the Gulf. The agency feared the hurricane could knock out communications at Mission Control in Houston.


    Lili has followed a track similar to that of Isidore, which caused extensive flooding in Cuba's western tip only 11 days ago, before battering Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula and then losing force as it moved north to Louisiana.

    Rains over western Cuba diminished on Wednesday morning as Lili moved into the Gulf after uprooting trees and ripping off roofs in the tobacco-growing province of Pinar del Rio on Tuesday. Cuba had evacuated 360,000 people from low-lying coastal areas and precarious housing.

    "My God, my house was small but it was my house. Now I have no house!" wept Zenaide, a woman on the outskirts of Pinar del Rio city. Her wooden home had listed completely to one side.

    Cuban President Fidel Castro ( news - web sites) visited Pinar del Rio to inspect the damage and said that "this one brought more winds than the last one." But he said Cuba had enough stockpiled food and building materials to deal with the damage.

    Tobacco leaf stocks for Cuba's famed cigars were barely damaged by Isidore and even less damage was expected from Lili, though citrus plantations were hurt again, with more than 40,000 tonnes of oranges and grapefruit lost in the two storms.

    Further east, the country's most important sugar-producing provinces benefited from much needed rain.

    "It was once written "To thine own self be true". But how do we know who we really are? Every man must confront the monster within himself, if he is ever to find peace without. .." Outer Limits(Monster)

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    My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in the area of this deadly storm with a beautiful name.

    Having been through Hurricane Hugo in Charleston in 1989, I still have horrid memories of that storm and terrible damage it wrought. Most people who've never been through a storm like this don't realize that it's not only the actual storm, but the shock of living in the equivalent of a bombed out city in the aftermath. After Hugo, we were without water for 10 days; then, when they did get the water system restored, we couldn't drink it as it tasted of pine tar from all the trees downed into the water. Electricity wasn't restored for over 14 days - Con Ed from New York were the ones who drove down our street and patiently put up the lines again. Imagine driving around your town with no street lights, no city lights; the only lights in downtown Charleston were from the hospitals, which were on emergency generators. Eerie. Imagine a yacht parked on the front steps of the hospital where you worked. Imagine having to show ID to National Guardsmen and explain why you had to drive into the city before 7 a.m. (I worked at a hospital, hubbie-then-fiancee worked at a radio station).

    Going to the grocery store was a real experience, when they re-opened; when you walked in, you were greeted by a bag boy with a flashlight, who escorted you around the store; they had no power, so there was nothing in the 'cold' or frozen aisles; milk was in portable Coleman coolers (when you could get it); bread and canned goods were about the only items available. Bags of ice selling for $10 a bag out of the truck.

    Getting up in the morning - to be at work by 7, we arose at 4:30 a.m., heated enough water in the fireplace and the grill outside to wash up and get coffee; forget 'doing' your hair or makeup!

    ANd we were the fortunate ones; my family and close friends survived intact; the house sustained relatively small amount of damage.

    Lest we forget, Mother Nature is an awesome, beautiful, dangerous, force; again, my hearts are with everyone in the area tonight, and over the next coming days.

    Tough times don't last - tough people do.

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    In Beaumont, Texas, near the Louisiana border, lines of cars stretched for miles on roads heading north as people fled the area.

    lili had weaken over night. we will get tropical storm wind and rain
    about 4 hours from now. extremely calm outside right now. the
    calm before the storm.

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    I'm sitting here in the "tropical storm" remnants of Lili this very moment. Dark, lots of rain, wind is whipping pretty good!! Blanket is over my head with a little blanket "peep hole" so's I can see the monitor.

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    Dear Hurricane Lili,

    I hope you are a tropical storm by now. It's cloudy, windy, and wet here in Little Rock because of you. Please leave us alone and try not to storm too bad tonight(or all weekend), because I would really like to have a beautiful weekend. Thanks for ruining my day today. GO AWAY!


    Erin O.

    I know I'm retarded, just in a silly mood today. Thanks for putting up with it .

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    Senior Member alan's Avatar
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    I hope nobody gets hurt by the storm, but I also hope it does just what Isidore did and drops two inches or more of rain on the desert formerly known as Maryland.

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    Senior Member Max's Avatar
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    We are just getting

    remnants of Lili here in Montreal

    Good that it was not as heavy as predicted.

    Why hurricanes always have women name?

    "It was once written "To thine own self be true". But how do we know who we really are? Every man must confront the monster within himself, if he is ever to find peace without. .." Outer Limits(Monster)

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