Hurricane Rita Enters the Gulf of Mexico Expected Path
Texas or Louisiana
September 20th 2005
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The storm warnings
for the Florida Keys have been discontinued now that the hurricane
has moved in the Gulf. The Keys were saved from the brunt of the
storm as it passed through the Florida Straits between the Keys and
Cuba. It gathered strength attaining wind speeds of 115 mph making
Rita a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Scale.
Rita is expected to
reach category 4 by the time she makes landfall probably in Texas.
Louisiana and Mexico are other possible destinations. According to
the National Weather Service, Rita is currently 145 miles
west-southwest of Key West Florida and about 130 miles northwest of
Rita is moving
toward the west at about 14mph. This is expected to continue for
the next 24 hours taking the center of Rita into the open
southeastern Gulf of Mexico. The warm water of the gulf is expected
to strengthen Rita, possibly making her a category 4 hurricane.
Weather Service says “isolated tornadoes will be possible over south
Florida and the Florida Keys tonight and early Wednesday.” The Keys
can expect up to 12 inches of rain total.
Director R. David Paulison told reporters that the agency has
aircraft and busses available for evacuating residents of the areas
that might be hit. According to AP Galveston has started
evacuations on Tuesday and officials have made plans to remove
evacuees from Hurricane Katrina from Houston to Arkansas.
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