I will predict right now that there will be a headline somewhere about Texas dodging a bullet. Houston may not have gotten the direct hit or the bad side of the storm. And, poeple will say that the result of Katrina was that Rita was taken more seriously by people and the govt. But, I also predict that despite the downgrade to Cat 3 status, Rita will still wreak havoc. There will now be two HUGE drags on the economy, because of damage and loss. Refineries in SE Texas will be off line, causing gas prices to go up. As the storm moves inland, flooding downriver will likely impact NOLA again. Sooner or later, we’re gonna get tired of being artful dodgers. Sooner or later, we’re gonna realize we don’t like having bullets shot our way in the first place.
(Pic from AP/NOAA)

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