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Hurricane Rita: Complete Coverage

National Geographic News
Updated September 24, 2005
 
Hurricane Rita is the fifth powerful hurricane to strike the Gulf Coast
since August 2004. Millions of area residents have fled inland to escape
the storm, which made landfall early Saturday morning in southwestern
Louisiana.

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Rita's Remnants Surge Inland, Coast Begins Cleanup
What remains of Hurricane Rita continued to soak parts of the U.S. South on Sunday, while communities on the Gulf Coast began the work of drying out and cleaning up. Go >>

Hurricane Rita Lashes Storm-Weary Gulf Coast
The storm-tattered Gulf Coast took another direct hit from a powerful hurricane when Hurricane Rita made landfall in southwestern Louisiana early Saturday morning. Go >>

Gulf Coast Residents Brace for Hurricane Rita's Wrath
As Hurricane Rita churns toward Texas, residents along the U.S. Gulf Coast are preparing for yet another pounding from a powerful storm. Go >>

Officials May Run Out of Hurricane Names This Year
To get a sense of just how turbulent the 2005 hurricane season has been, consider this: Forecasters may soon exhaust their list of pre-selected names for tropical storms. Go >>

In Texas, Rita Stirs Memories of U.S.'s Deadliest Storm
Hurricane Rita's approach toward Texas has raised the specter of the deadliest storm in U.S. history, a hurricane that killed 8,000 people in the city of Galveston. Go >>

Rita Now Third Most Powerful Hurricane in Atlantic History
September 22, 2005—Fueled by the warm late-summer waters of the Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Rita exploded Wednesday night into the third-most powerful hurricane on record for the Atlantic Basin. Go >>

Could Hurricane Rita's Rain Aid New Orleans Cleanup?
Rain from Hurricane Rita might help dilute flood-borne toxins in New Orleans—but too much rain "could cause havoc" in the city. Go >>

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