If you lived in Houston in 2005, you remember the thousands of cars choking every lane of every freeway out of town as Hurricane Rita approached. Since then, the population of Harris County has grown significantly, but our roadways have not, writes urban politics fellow Robert Stein in a recent Baker Institute blog. "As we enter hurricane season 2013, our capacity to handle the similar or greater numbers that evacuated before Hurricane Rita in 2005 is diminished."

Read how to avoid the gridlock in "Why you should prepare early for Hurricane Season 2013."