Hurricane Rita now 3rd most intense hurricane recorded in Atlantic Basin; Category 5 approaches Texas; Gov. calls for voluntary evacuations of Texas Coast; Galveston issues mandatory evacuation order; Officials: Keys escape worst; Evacuees in Houston prepare to evacuate again; Katrina death toll at 1,036; Engineers race to patch New Orleans levees; Experts optimistic that N.O. safe to resettle eventually; Bush praises ‘Can-Do’ spirit
Hurricane Rita Now 3rd Most Intense Hurricane Recorded In Atlantic Basin; Dangerous Category 5 Approaches Texas: Rita is now the third most intense hurricane ever recorded in the Atlantic Basin with a minimum central pressure of 898 mb, according to the National Hurricane Center. The massive Category 5 hurricane with 165 mph maximum sustained winds is approaching the Texas coast.
Rita Stories: Gov. Perry calls for voluntary evacuations of Texas Coast | Galveston begins evacuating | Voluntary evacuations | Many not taking chances | Houston Chronicle coverage | In Galveston, no questions over evacuation | Rita fuels fears of gas shortage | From Florida: Officials: Keys escape worst | More stories
Katrina Update: Evacuees in Houston prepare to evacuate again | Katrina death toll at 1,036 | Blanco declares state of emergency ahead of Rita | Engineers race to patch New Orleans levees | Experts optimistic that N.O. safe to resettle eventually | Lake Pontchartrain pollution not as bad as feared | From Mississippi: Bush praises ‘Can-Do’ spirit of Coast | More stories | Live Streaming Video: WDSU-TV 6, N.O. | WWL-TV 4, N.O.
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