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Saturday, September 24, 2005


I'm blogging from the comfort of my sofa while the rain and winds fall outside. The region yesterday was a mess trafficwise, as hundreds of wide-eyed Houstonians apparently made their way up US-69 in search of dryer pastures. Today, not a car is in sight on the roads, which is as it should be.

The wind and rain have been falling at a considerable clip, but not nearly as much so as many anticipated. We've been seeing sustained winds of 20-25 MPH and gusts up to 50. By the time Rita makes her way up the TX-LA border, she'll be a tropical storm, if she isn't already. Really, the only inconveniences thus far have been periodic power loss (seconds, not minutes), and some of my lawn furniture has blown over.

I'm guessing this storm is going to be here awhile, since it's moving at about 12 MPH. Texas, to be sure, was far better prepared for a storm than New Orleans was. Fortunately, the magnitude of this hurricane has dwindled somewhat. Kudos to the local and state government agencies for implementing an evacuation pan that should be the model for all coastal regions in the future.

Unfortunately for the Crescent City, she's flooding all over again. I've heard also that Beaumont has been hit quite a bit by Rita. But by and large, this storm has been much less destructive than most thought it was going to be.


.: posted by Dave 2:20 PM

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