Rita. Everything in Houston is about Hurricane Rita. Shut down the office temporarily of course. Thank heaven for data centers and redundant connections! The latest map suggests a hit on Galveston, and being on the North side of Houston we will likely get winds up to 100 miles an hour.
On the plus side, it was nice to set up a wiki page to handle employee communications and updates. Besides email, the wiki may be our best connection given cell phone coverage was spotty yesterday, two days before the storm, from over use.
The traffic map in Houston shows mostly 5 or 6 miles an hour, or no data available. Meaning people in cars are parked on the freeway making new friends. Gas stations are out of gas on the evacuation routes. Us silly humans haven’t exactly built the infrastructure to actually execute our emergency plans.