Now a few letters furtehr down the alphabet I'm hoping my friends in Texas, and any in Houston in particular, have either evacuated out or have made themselves secure with decent supplies. I don't think I know many/any people actually in Houston but I know many in Texas as a whole. Some of which will still be affected by heavy rains and winds even if they don't get hit by the core of Rita.
Good luck. At least the authorities seem to be on top of this one to a certain extent.