Some folks around my area are wondering what type of effects to expect from Rita around Austin. It is currently expected to make landfall west of Galveston as Cat 3 and I believe pass east of Austin. Some have mentioned tropical storm force winds, or even Cat 1 winds here. Also NHC shows a 25% probability to strenthen in 72 hours to Cat 4 or 5. I looked at SST's and they didn't look as strong as they were for Katrina so I'm thinking Cat 3 still. But anyway what type of strength do you think it could be this far inland if it passes closely, what kind of damage can we expect, and do you think any of us this far inland need to make any preparations?