According to Tuesday's Houston Chronicle, the Texas Association of School Boards and Texas Association of School Administrators have decided to postpone their convention in the city this weekend until later in the year due to Rita's untimely expected arrival. I feel for the hoteliers in the area, who are still housing Katrina evacuees (the article says 35 percent of the city's hotel rooms are being used by these folks) as they brace for a wave of hometown people looking for refuge.
The loss of those 11,000 attendees could mean more hotel rooms will be available for shelter, but there's always the possibility that the hotels will have to shut down. I just saw that Rita's winds are now up to 170 mph. Unbelievable.