Can Texans swim?
AT 5 AM EDT, HURRICANE RITA IS A MAJOR CATEGORY 3 STORM. EXTREMELY DANGEROUS CATEGORY 4 STORM SURGE FREEPORT TO TEXAS/LA STATE LINE POSSIBLE SATURDAY. Recon and Satellite imagery continues to show Hurricane Rita intensifying rapidly -- and could reach Cat 4 within a few hours. [NOAA 5 AM EDT storm track]
UPDATE: 9:30 PM Rita is now a CATEGORY 5 Hurricane with an internal measured pressure of 899 MB. This is the third (3rd) largest storm in recorded history in the Atlantic/Gulf basin off North America. Time to get out and go FAR INLAND, out of the projected storm path. Get to it.