Hurricane Rita Becomes Third-Most Intense Storm Recorded, Headed for Texas

We hope someone at the White House is making a DVD of this for the Preznint:

Hurricane Rita, the third-most intense storm ever recorded in the Atlantic basin, bore down on the Texas coast as residents moved inland. The Category 5 storm is more powerful than Katrina, which left more than 1,000 dead last month in Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida.

Rita, with winds of 175 mph (280 kph), is “potentially catastrophic,” the National Hurricane Center said today in an advisory on its Web site at about 3:45 a.m. Houston time. The storm is forecast to hit land near Galveston, Texas, late tomorrow or early Sept. 24. Rita’s center was 515 miles southeast of Galveston, and moving west-northwest near 9 mph.

“You’re talking about a catastrophic disaster, with extensive damage,” Dave Roberts, a meteorologist at the center in Miami, said today in a telephone interview. “Look at the impacts of Katrina: You’re going to get that all over again.”

And don’t forget the pretzels!!


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