11 Facts About Hurricane Rita


Hurricane Rita was the most intense tropical cyclone on record in the Gulf of Mexico and the fourth-most intense Atlantic hurricane ever recorded.

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Part of the record-breaking 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, which included three of the top ten most intense Atlantic hurricanes in terms of barometric pressure ever recorded, Rita was the seventeenth named storm, tenth hurricane, and fifth major hurricane of the 2005 season.

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Parishes in Southwest Louisiana and counties in Southeast Texas where Hurricane Rita made landfall suffered from severe to catastrophic flooding and wind damage.

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Just three weeks after Hurricane Rita Katrina devastated the northern Gulf Coast, the threat of yet another major hurricane prompted mass evacuations in coastal Texas.

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The 5 inches of rain expected to fall overnight in New Orleans as Hurricane Rita came ashore did not happen, and the pressure on the levee system was eased.

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Hurricane Rita produced moderate rains across southern Florida, peaking at 5.

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However, the southwestern region of the state near where Hurricane Rita made landfall was undeniably the worst impacted region in Louisiana.

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Shreveport recorded its 2nd lowest pressure ever recorded as the center of Hurricane Rita moved through Shreveport around 6 pm Saturday evening.

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The remnants of Hurricane Rita had little impact in Tennessee, only consisting of moderate rainfall, peaking near 5 inches .

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Hurricane Rita's path travelled through a dense area of offshore pipelines and oil platforms, and on land to an area with large refineries.

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American Red Cross continued to provide disaster relief to Hurricane Katrina affected areas, but as a result of Hurricane Rita, had to open additional shelters in other gulf states.

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