“Today is boarding up and decision day for Galvestonians,” city spokeswoman Mary Jo Naschke said Tuesday morning.
Buses headed to shelters Buses were to begin running Tuesday for people who can’t leave on their own, taking them to shelters about 100 miles north in Huntsville. About 250 people had already made reservations for the bus as of noon Monday, Naschke said.
Residents may take pets in cages along on the buses, Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas said. “We found that so many people didn’t want to leave New Orleans because they didn’t want to leave their pets behind,” she said.
Officials said a mandatory evacuation could be ordered if Rita strengthens into a Category 3 hurricane, with wind of up to 130 mph and the potential to create flooding up to 8 miles inland.