Braced for Hurricane Rita continued
Photos by Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise
Norman Powell (right) gives sandbag instructions as the Rev. Wendell Wingate (left) continues placing sandbags on the family's home in Beaumont on Friday, Sept. 23, 2005.
An abandoned truck remains in the median of Hwy. 69 in Beaumont. Evacuation traffic has cleared as Hurricane Rita is expected to come ashore in Port Arthur directly south of Beaumont within 24 hours.
Yolanda Allen (center) and David Morris (right) get instructions from Lonniel Austin (left) while trying to get fuel and leave town at M & M Express in Beaumont. Only premium gas remained as Hurricane Rita bears down toward Port Arthur.
Gary Johnson and Nick Cannon wait on fuel at M & M Express in Beaumont. With little time left, most remaining Beaumont residents are resolved to ride out the storm.
Wayne Rose, a Farmers Insurance Group agent, cuts wood to cover his business' windows in Beaumont.
Flames blow in the wind as Beaumont area oil refineries burn off excess chemicals in anticipation of Hurricane Rita in Beaumont.
Please see Mark's Hurricane Rita visual timeline.