Weather is here
Intrepid ASV ahurricane reporter Dave in Texas, sends along this email and some photos:
Worked tonight at the Bell County Expo Center, and the municipal center where 350 evacuees are staying through the storm. They had all been on the road since yesterday, pulling into places like our town for meals and rest.
This group will stay here through the storm. The elderly gentleman raising his hat is Raymond. Raymond is from New Orleans, the lower ninth ward. He's been staying in Houston, however they moved him out due to Rita.
Raymond does not know where they are moving him. He is not sure when he will go home.
He asked me to say "thank you" to everyone who has helped him.
The family pictured is a man named Raul, his wife and two kids. They left their home in south Houston yesterday morning, and just made it here today (central Texas). They were given gasoline once by a guy in a truck in Giddings, and once by a truck from the Texas Dept. of Transportation. They had a decent dinner, and are ready for bed. They'll ride out the storm here in our convention center.
A little encouraging message on the back window of the school bus. Everyone looked like they'd had a long day.
The three kids in the last photo jumped up and said "take our picture"! So I did.
They'll be safe this weekend.
Thanks, Dave! But let's not tell Oliver Willis that there really are shelters and buses out of town, because that would just destroy his world view and leave him without another avenue to blame Republicans for everything.