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    09.27.05 - rita update

    By Nkiru
    Sep 27, '05 2:37 PM EST

    For all the panic and stress spent last week, Rita, the jumbo-size hurricane that was supposed to be Katrina part deux, spared Houston.

    Some people left town in the Hollywood disaster movie-like mass exodus (2 million people on 3 freeways = 30 hours in the car to get to Fort Worth, which is usually a 3 hour car ride).

    Some people left, but turned back (after going 20 miles in 6 hours).

    Some people flew out (left the house at 3 a.m. for a 7 p.m. flight - and barely made it).

    And some people stayed to wait it out. Needless to say, it wasn't much worse than the average Houston thunderstorm. No power out, no flooding, no injuries for anybody.

    Leaving Houston thursday morning, 10 miles in 4 hours: notice the empty Southbound lanes on the right side of the image.

    Rita bears down on Houston, friday evening (thanks for the photo, Matt).

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