The NHC has made an RSS feed for Rita available -- it will only include reports on this hurricane.
The latest report, as of posting time:
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS ARE NEAR 165 MPH...WITH HIGHER GUSTS. RITA IS A POTENTIALLY CATASTROPHIC CATEGORY FIVE HURRICANE ON THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON SCALE. SOME FLUCTUATIONS IN INTENSITY ARE LIKELY DURING THE NEXT 24 HOURS.
It's my understanding that, at this strength, Rita could maintain hurricane status as far inland as Austin, Texas. It undoubtedly does not need to be said, but if you live in the at-risk area (see map to the right), please start making plans now to evacuate.
Don't start making plans to evacuate. Get outta there.
Check out latest comments on Rita:
'Speaking of physics'
I never thought I'd have a chance of seeing the almost complete economic collapse of the south-east of the US, but there it is.
Lets hope that this time they find a way to get the poor people out and don't leave them to fend for themselves...
Jamais et al, if you are looking to learn more about the petroleum infrastructure damage that will result from this storm, I would recommend our resources page here:
(lots of maps, refineries, damage projections, etc., etc.)