I sincerely hoped I would never have to create a new category about a hurricane, but it seems like Hurricane Rita begs it.

Millions are leaving Houston in anticipation of the third most powerful hurricane on record.

Sixteen hours to San Antonio and Dallas. Eleven hours to Austin. With over a million people trying to flee vulnerable parts of the Houston area, Hurricane Rita will be a nightmare even if Galveston doesn’t take a direct hit. .

Trying to leave Houston on I-10, Ella Corder drove 15 hours to go just 13 miles today. Noticing cars out of gas littering the freeway, she turned off her air-conditioner to save fuel, but the 52-year-old heart patient worried the heat and exhaustion were taking a toll on her.

“All I want to do is go home,” she said tearfully by cell phone. “Can’t anyone get me out of here? “

And evacuees are angry at the planning. Sounds familiar…

Other evacuees’ frustration turned into anger as the day wore on.

“This is the worst planning I’ve ever seen,” said Julie Anderson, who covered just 45 miles in 12 hours after setting out from her home in the Houston suburb of LaPorte. “They say we’ve learned a lot from Hurricane Katrina. Well, you couldn’t prove it by me.”

Let’s hope everybody gets out safely, especially the poor.

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(HT: the amazing memeorandum)

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