Poking around on Weatherunderground.com this morning, I happened across the impressive animation of the total precipitation accumulation for Rita so far. judging from the rapidly changing graphic, it looks like some places are getting rain at a rate of five and six and even eight inches an hour (over the course of the 20 min window I watched) as the hurricane moves in. Here's a screenshot:
And here's a rather disconcerting press photo of the Port Arthur evacuation from last night:
MEANWHILE, here's a guy I'm really glad never showed up in my comments sections.