Wednesday, September 21, 2005

ENV: Rita now at Category 4 . . .5!


Make that Category 5!
and now the third most intense hurricane on record . . .
and we're now housing evacuees . . .

Long lines of cars are heading out of coastal Texan towns as Hurricane Rita gains strength to become a Category 5 storm with maximum sustained winds of 165 mph. Evacuating parents are being told to take with them photos of their children and to give them identification in case they get separated. Texas Gov. Rick Perry urged: "Homes and businesses can be rebuilt, lives cannot... Now is the time to leave."


that's Katrina strength . . .

Hurricane Rita strengthened to a Category 4 storm with 135 mph winds today, deepening worries the storm could devastate coastal Texas and already-battered Louisiana. At 8 a.m. ET, Rita was centered about 790 miles east-southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas. In Galveston, a city of 60,000 flattened by a hurricane in 1900, Mayor Lyda Ann Thomas declared a state of emergency Tuesday night.



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