So there is a shortage of gasoline in Houston right now because of Ike. There is irony in there somewhere.
I spent yesterday hauling a generator, gasoline, ice, and water to some relatives in SE Texas, near Beaumont. They do not expect to have electricity for 4-6 weeks. It took me almost an entire day finding a generator in Austin. I finally got lucky and got the last one Costco had in a shipment of 30 they had just received. They sold out in 5 minutes. But at least we have gas in Austin. When I got to within about an hour of Houston the stations that were open- not that many- had lines of 30-100 cars waiting in line.
By the way, every single person that I have talked to that stayed and rode out the storm (almost all because of their awful experience trying to evacuate during Rita) said the next time- they are leaving. The scope of the damage from this storm- hundreds of miles- is amazing. Here in Austin- where two days before landfall they were projecting the eye going right over us- we barely got a stiff breeze.