Seem bad enough, yet still, I am cautiously optimistic. I hope I don’t have cause to repent that optimism. She’s been downgraded to a cat-2 four hours after landfall.
There’s a good list of local news sources here.
The Dailer Advertiser from Beaumont Texas is one of them. Here’s a gem from one of their articles:”We see these storms a little differently after Katrina,” said city administrator Paul Rainwater. “We all realize that no matter how safe you feel … you have to take it seriously, you have to plan.”
Umm, good, good. Of course, it was always part of their job description to plan before a storm.
In Jasper County LA a house holding seven people washed off it’s foundation and floated away. I don’t know how the people fared, the article didn’t say.
It did say that “In a hotel in Beaumont, Texas, near where Rita struck, windows were blown out and shards of glass and pieces of trees were strewn throughout the flooding lobby, KHOU-TV reported.” They didn’t mention this but another article explains that this hotel is where the media is staying.
Before there was a power outage there were a handful of looters and burglars caught and arrested in Houston. Guess they just wanted to touch pretty things.
Michelle Malkin has more- just start at the top and keep on scrolling.
Near as I can tell, there are power outages, rooves missing from buildings, and flooding, but still, not quite the devastation that was Katrina. It’s not over yet, of course, and if your house is in the flooding areas, the distinctions just are not that clear. But still, modestly optimistic.