Thanks to those who have written and asked about our status re. Hurricane Rita. As of this morning, although we're still in the danger cone, per the National Hurricane Center, it looks like it's moving east. Which means the center of the cone of probability is Galveston, not the Matagorda area, and we should only get trpical storm force winds and severe thunderstorms. Still, we may get nailed yet -- they're predicting up to hurricane force winds fairly deeply (on the order of a couple hundred miles) inland. We're in a wait-and-see mode, backing up computers, and praying that everyone who needs to has evacuated.
Update: Here in Austin, they're predicting sustained winds of 20-40 mph, with gusts up to 50. Probably no tornadoes, since we're ont he west side of the storm.