More photos and video are posted here:
My brother Matt was with me helping shoot video and taking stills with his Canon 20D. His shots are here:
I left Charleston, WV at 1:30PM EDT on Thursday and after 1,200 miles and 24 hours, made it to Houston by noon CDT on Friday. My brother Matt flew in to Houston from Raleigh, NC on Thursday, and on Friday we headed to Port Arthur. We spent the rest of the day in Port Arthur (from 3PM to around 10PM), then moved north to Beaumont to avoid potential flooding close to the coast. We stayed in downtown Beaumont until around 2AM, then moved to a large parking garage at a hospital to ride out the eyewall (David and Jay, I looked for you guys but maybe it wasn't the same spot!).
All in all a classic hurricane chase with some amazing sights and experiences. Rita in downtown Beaumont from midnight on put on an incredible show, to be topped off only by the intense eyewall later at the hospital.
I will be posting a detailed summary in the days ahead, meanwhile my brother has a good timeline of events on his still photo page: