Now that Rita has hit, shelters like Reed Arena are seeing people leave as fast as they came. Even though Rita didn't cause as much damage as expected, many are happy they chose to evacuate.
"On a whole it was the safe thing to do. A lot of predictions weren't true, but had they been true then I'd feel a lot safer here than I would anyplace else," said Micah Kenfield, Houston evacuee.
Evacuees in local shelters were spared from the worst of the storm. But for many, the worrying isn't over. They could still return home to find their houses weren't so fortunate and that fear of the unknown has some headed home despite official warnings to stay put.
"My fear is that we've lost everything we have and I feel like my car is probably under water," said Carolyn Harris, evacuee.
Micah Kenfield evacuated from his dorm at University of Houston. He says he's not worried about what he will find at home.
"Being here has actually taught me that I don't need that much comparatively speaking. So I'm not really worried about losing what I have back at the dorm," said Kenfield.
Yesterday Reed Arena had close to 1,000 evacuees, now there's fewer than 400. While gas stations are still out of gas and power is spotty in different areas, those who can leave are headed out.
"Well we have plenty of fuel, we really tanked it up good so we're going to try to make a go of it," said Harris.
Many of the evacuees that are still in town say they are ready to return home too and as soon as a shuttle is available they plan on leaving.