Here We Go Again
Now that all the name calling and bitching and moaning has ceased on a post creating record breaking feedback here at DCS, we can move on to a real story.
Hurricane Rita has just been upgraded to a Category 5 hurricane, with top wind speeds of 165 mph. This information just reported on MSN, story here. The National Weather Service and NOAA have it hitting landfall in the early Saturday morning hours. (Cool link to NOAA, btw. Lots of nice maps and graphics)
We have a big problem. When I say big, I mean BIG. This hurricane is bigger than Katrina. It is more powerful than Katrina. It is headed for land, more specifically the port of Houston. The port of Houston brings in hundreds of millions of goods into the US each year. The area predicted to be devasted by Hurricane Rita also hosts all the oil refineries in the gulf coast not damaged and shut down by Hurricane Katrina. I am making a prediction now that gas prices will hit $3.50 per gallon as a national average sometime next week if this storm is as devastating as they predict.
Fortunately, people are evacuating now. Nobody is taking chances. Hopefully, the loss of life will be nowhere that of the size Hurricane Katrina. Hopefully.
It is pretty safe to say "We aren't out of the woods yet." No, clearly we are lost directly in the middle, waist deep in a swamp. I predict this is going to be the most devastating hurricane and national tragedy yet, and will take hundreds of billions of dollars to fix, not to mention at least a decade to do it. This will be a time in which great leaders will rise and make their marks on history.
I, on the other hand, am second guessing my scheduled trip to Tampa Bay, FL. scheduled for early October. We will see...