Traffic out of metropolitan Houston is bumper-to-bumper even though more than 100 miles of interstate highway has been made a one-way street, northbound only.
And now there's the ironic scene of gasoline pumps running dry and drivers running out of gas in an area that's the center of the nation's oil and gas refining.
Police officers are trying to ease things by bringing gas to stranded motorists. Meantime, Texas authorities have taken a couple of steps: they've asked the Pentagon to help get gas to drivers stuck in traffic, and they've sent gasoline tankers to take up positions along evacuation routes to help.
Nearly two million residents in Texas and Louisiana have been ordered to evacuate ahead of Hurricane Rita, now a Category Four storm packing winds of 150 miles per hour.