Hurricane Rita
September 22nd, 2005 | Back to Blog Listing

The shelves at HEB almost entirely bare despite the fact that we're several hundred miles inland with no major bodies of water around
To anyone not familiar with hurricane Rita, as of this writing she is a category 4 hurricane anticipated to make landfall sometime between Friday night and Saturday morning, September 23rd - September 24th, 2005, around the southeastern region of Texas.

After noticing how the general scenary of my town has changed in the past few days, I just wanted to make a few notes as to what I have seen regarding the much feared hurricane. I guess it's not a surprise that after the damage caused by hurricane Katrina, people would be more than willing to evacuate from Galveston, Houston, and the surrounding cities. For Austinites, however, the influx is showing.

My H.E.B. Experience

When I walked into H.E.B. (the local grocery store) just the other day, I can't say that I was entirely shocked, but rather just annoyed at what I was seeing. It looked as if people were preparing for the apocalypse or something equally as exciting. Of course, unlike the rest of the crowd, my only intention was to purchase my usual groceries. Imagine how much more annoyed I became when I found I couldn't get my Gatorade, bread, water, and milk, just to name a few.

As exciting as it was to see H.E.B. in this state of complete chaos, I was disappointed not being able to get the foods that I am accustomed to getting. Yes, one could call it selfishness given the recent state of things in the south-central states, but that wouldn't change the fact that I was still thirsty. I think I was more so just annoyed that people felt the need to stock up as if they're going to be stranded for weeks to come. Perhaps I am not the best person to make this call, but it seems unlikely that Austin, a city 200 miles inland, would be devastated by a hurricane.

Cars lined up to the street for gas in anticipation of the hurricane
The Gas Rush

Much like I have seen before, when chaos strikes, we first make sure that our cars are filled to the top. I am still not entirely certain if this is because we fear the worst and think that we'll need to evacuate at moments notice, or if it's just that we are all futures brokers at heart and predict the price will make a significant increase. Whatever the case may be, the local gas stations have been swamped and many have even managed to run out of gas.