Hurricane Rita with 175 mph Winds is Forecast to Hit Texas
August 21st 2005
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Evacuations have been ordered in
Texas and Louisiana as Hurricane Rita approaches the Texas Coast.
Rita is expected to hit Texas somewhere between Galveston and Corpus
Christi sometime before Saturday.
Galveston, low-lying parts of
Corpus Christi and Houston, and New Orleans are under mandatory
evacuation according to the Associated Press. More than 1.3 million
people have been evacuated. Government officials have jumped into
action after the sluggish response given to Katrina.
Rita’s wind speeds have reached
Category 5 strength on the Safir-Simpson scale at 175 mph as
calculated by an Air Force Reserve hurricane hunter plane.
Forecasters speculate that Rita could be the most intense hurricane
on record to ever hit Texas. It will be one of the most powerful
hurricanes to hit the US mainland.
The weather service has issued a
hurricane warning from Mansfield Texas to Cameron Louisiana (a
hurricane is expected within the next 24 hours or so). A tropical
storm watch is in effect from East Cameron to Grand isle Louisiana
and from south of Port Mansfield to Brownsville Texas. A tropical
storm watch is also in effect for northern Mexico.
The center of the hurricane is
located about 540 miles east-southeast of Galveston Texas. Rita is
moving toward the west-northwest at about 9 mph. It is expected to
speed up within the next 24 hours. Hurricane force winds extend out
up to 70 miles from the center, while tropical storm force winds
extend 185 miles from the center.
Heavy rains are forecasted to
begin Thursday night and last into Friday. The Texas coast should
expect 8 to 12 inches of rainfall with a maximum of 15 inches in
The weather service is calling
this a “potentially catastrophic hurricane”. The last major
hurricane to strike the Houston area was the Category 3 Alicia in
1983. It flooded downtown Houston, spawned 22 tornadoes and left 21
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