Braced for Hurricane Rita
Beaumont police officers L.D. Keen (left) and Jonathan Berryman (right) prepare to move into the Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital Outpatient Pavilion in Beaumont on Friday, Sept. 23, 2005. Rita is expected to come ashore in Port Arthur directly south of Beaumont within 24 hours.
Photos by Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise
Beaumont Police officer Ron Dischler eats an MRE outside the Christus St. Elizabeth Hospital Outpatient Pavilion in Beaumont in Beaumont. Beaumont Police officers will ride out the storm at the pavilion.
Earl Ricardo (left) and Danny Gobert (right) waive farewell to friends leaving town in Beaumont. They both expect to stay in Beaumont during Hurricane Rita.
The power may go out during this post. Consequently, if this entry looks incomplete, you know why.
15 Oct. 2005 Update:
Obviously, the power got knocked out. Then, the roof was ripped off, the ceiling caved in and we evacuated to a lower floor ... where the water started leaking in ... and then, and then...
Please see Mark's Hurricane Rita visual timeline.