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Andrew Locke and Bob Sullivan

From Sept. 22-27, the posts in this blog about Rita's evacuation and devastation were reported and photographed by Bob Sullivan and Andrew Locke. Sullivan, 37, is MSNBC.com's technology and consumer fraud reporter. Locke, 34, in charge of MSNBC.com's editorial strategy, was on his second hurricane blog tour.

David Friedman and Miguel Llanos

From Sept. 18-22, the posts in this blog, examining Katrina's impact on the environment, were reported and photographed by Miguel Llanos and David Friedman. Llanos, 45, is MSNBC.com's environmental reporter. Photojournalist Friedman, 35, is a multimedia producer at MSNBC.com.

Kari Huus and Jim Seida

From Sept. 10-16, the posts in this blog were reported and photographed by Kari Huus and Jim Seida. Huus, 43, has been a journalist for 20 years and a reporter with MSNBC.com since 1996. Seida, 39, has been a media editor with the Web site since 1996.

Mike Brunker and Andrew Locke mugshot

From Sept. 2-9, the posts in this blog were reported and photographed by Mike Brunker, left, and Andrew Locke. A journalist for 25 years, Brunker, 49, is MSNBC.com's West Coast news editor. Locke, 34, has been a journalist for 17 years and is currently in charge of MSNBC.com's editorial media strategy.

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ON THE MOVE

Posted: Saturday, September 24 at 11:35 am CT by Bob Sullivan

HOUSTON -- As the morning progresses and more people start to emerge onto Houston's deserted streets, our first impression -- that the city largely escaped unscathed -- seems to hold.

But east and north of the city, news reports indicate a very different picture. We're now headed toward Livingston, some 70 miles north and east of Houston. It's just up route 59, where traffic completely snarled on Thursday. Word is, many people got stuck on the highway, ran out of gas, and couldn't get any farther than Livingston. The mayor, Ben Olgetree, was on local television, asking for help. The unexpected rush of evacuees has drained the city's emergency food and water supplies. If we get there we'll tell you how they're doing.

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