With 24 hours to go before predicted land-fall, this storm is looking more serious than Katrina. The Gulf states, and in particular Texas are in for a real battering. I hope lessons have been learnt. It's interesting that President Bush has issued an emergency decree before the hurricane has struck, so maybe the message is getting through.
My newly married niece lives on the outskirts of Houston. My thoughts and prayers are with her, her family and all those that are about to go through something so severe that I have difficulty imagining what it will be like. I trust that she will follow all sensible advice to stay safe.