September 22, 2005
Rita
Posted by Gordon Smith

Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Texas and Louisiana. My co-blogger Julie Smith in Austin reports panic buying the local grocery store, even four hours from the coast. The Houston Chronicle has started a Hurricane Rita Blog:

Today, I went 55 miles in 8 hours and burned half a tank of gas before coming to the awful conclusion that I was not going to reach my destination because I couldn't buy more fuel on the road.

After the storm hits, the rest of us may have trouble buying gas, too. Take a look at this map from the NYT:

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