Though Rita Weakens Slightly, Glass Shops in Texas are Taking No Chances

The National Hurricane Center today said Hurricane Rita has weakened slightly, but glass shops along the Texas coast are not sticking around for this one. Numerous calls to shops in Houston, including Craftsman Fabricated Glass, and Galveston went unanswered.

A call to A-Plus Glass Service in Houston rolled over to an employee's cell phone. When asked what the shop was doing to prepare for the hurricane, the employee answered that they had set up an emergency call service for those with broken glass.

A call to B&B Glass and Mirror also rolled over to a cell phone. When asked what the company was doing to prepare for the hurricane, the employee answered, "We left the shop. We left the city."

Hurricane Rita has also steered some away from attending the GANA Fall Conference taking place this weekend in Dallas, approximately 300 miles west of Houston. Ashley Charest, account executive, said the meeting will still be taking place. Charest said Dallas was forecast to receive heavy rains on Saturday and Sunday, but otherwise should be fine.

At 2 p.m. today eastern standard time, the center of Hurricane Rita was about 435 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas.

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