before you think I'm a cold hearted animal, just try to take the emotion out of things and try to understand what I'm asking...
Rita is a Cat 5 right now, and although we hope she just fades away and drops a little rain on the US, I don't forsee that happening. She could possibly make landfall somewhere, and in a bad way.
So, if you could make the choice of where Rita would land, where would it be? New Orleans again or Texas? Of course hitting New Orleans again would be a double whammy and devastating, but......the place is already destroyed isn't it? Worst case the levee's overflow again and the city goes under water. Although a terrible option, most of the places that would be affected were already leveled by Katrina. And.....troops and support are already in place in the area.
Rita hits Texas. Now we have devastation on 2 fronts to deal with. Not only that, read this quote:
The Houston area is ground zero of the refining industry,'' said Rick Mueller, an analyst with Energy Security Analysis Inc. in Tilburg, the Netherlands. ``If it suffers the scope of damage caused to refineries in Louisiana by Katrina, we could see rationing and queues at the gas pump. This is something OPEC can't do anything to remedy.''
Texas is home to the biggest concentration of U.S. refineries, accounting for 26 percent of the nation's total capacity. BP Plc and Valero Energy Corp. are evacuating workers and slowing output at three Houston area refineries. Rita, a Category 4 storm, may hit the Texas coast on Sept. 24. Four refineries in Louisiana and Mississippi, representing 5 percent of U.S. capacity, remain shut because of Katrina
It is almost like being between a rock and a hard place, or choosing the lesser of two evils. You don't want either to take place, but the chances of Rita going away are slim to none.
So, if IT WAS up to you, which would you choose?
Personally, I HOPE Rita looses strength and just dumps rain with slight wind damage spread out across multiple areas, nothin major. But, if it had to hit with Cat 5 strength and would cause serious damage, I think it would be "better" (I use that term very loosely) for it to hit New Orleans again, and spare Houston.