The reports today are that Rita will be a powerful but slow-moving storm once it makes landfall, generating heavy rains far inland. Sounds a lot like what we experienced in N.C. with Floyd: "[T]he costliest damage came not from the storm itself—it came from the swiftly rising rivers and creeks that course through eastern North Carolina like a dense cluster of capillaries connecting the Piedmont Region to the Atlantic Ocean."
Clogged estuaries, Sept. 23, 1999.
My family is in East Texas right in Rita's path, possibly far enough north to avoid the worst of it. Still I hope they have plenty of flashlights and batteries.