A mass exodus is underway. In only a matter of hours, 5,000 people were evacuated from Galveston, Texas under mandatory orders. Thousands more will leave on their own.
With Hurricane Rita powering toward the Texas coast, the old and the young, the infirm and the healthy all boarded busses for higher ground. Right now, residents along other parts of the Texas coast are being asked to leave voluntarily.
With New Orleans fresh in their minds, emergency officials in Texas are trying to get out ahead of this storm. Truckloads of supplies and manpower are being rushed in as officials warn that two million people may have to evacuate by Thursday. And with that many needing to get out, the Houston mayor says there simply are not enough government vehicles to do it.
Folks here face a storm so mighty that it could barrel ashore with more force than Katrina.