And people are scared of earthquakes.
The Gulf Coast has barely dried out, yet has to make room for Rita. Rita blew threw Key West as a tropical storm and a Category 1 hurricane. But like Katrina, Rita has gathered strength during its trek westward over the Gulf of Mexico and has become a Category 5 whopper. Rita is set to hit what Katrina missed; most tracks predict that it will hit the Texas coast on Saturday morning.
This time, however, most local government officials have sense enough to order a mandatory evacuation of the area—and make provisions for it--well in advance of the new hurricane’s landfall. I’m also willing to bet that most of the affected citizenry has sense enough to take heed to those officials in this instance. (Bet those New Orleans evacuees who fled to Houston are feeling rather picked-on right now. On the other hand, perhaps some will note how different types of local governments can react differently to a crisis.)
The Captain of the Sloop New Dawn: Speaking of affected citizenry, here’s a post written by a gentleman who lives on a boat anchored in Galveston Bay. May God protect you and your furry friends, Jim.