Rita is also expected to cause an increase in gas prices. That is because the storm could have a big impact on Texas oil refineries.
After Hurricane Katrina, it was not uncommon to see gas prices at more than $3.00 a gallon. Some experts believe $5.00 a gallon is now a possibility over the coming week depending on the damage caused by Rita.
East Texas drivers are worried about the possibility of a big jump in gas prices.
Tom Warner said, "I barely make minimum wage, and it's hard every time the gas prices go up, I still have to pay for food and bills, so it's hitting everyone's pocketbook."
The City of Lufkin has already stored extra fuel, so the cost of filling city trucks and police cars will not be affected by rising gas prices.