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Facts about Hurricane Rita
Hurricanes are tropical cyclones characterized by low-pressure centers and numerous thunderstorms. The Atlantic has always been a region, known for tropical cyclones. Hurricane Rita was the fourth hurricane in the Atlantic hurricane season of 2005. Here are some facts about it...

The 2005 Atlantic hurricane season can be very well called a historic season. There were five major hurricanes; Dennis, Emily, Katrina, Rita and Wilma. Hurricane Rita, which followed Hurricane Katrina made many records; it was the seventeenth named hurricane, fifth largest hurricane and third category-5 hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane season in 2005. * Hurricane Rita started on 17th September, 2005 and dissipated on 24th September, 2005. * It was not only the strongest hurricane of 2005, but also the most intense tropical cyclone ever recorded in the Gulf of Mexico. * Rita began as a mere tropical depression on the Turks and Caicos Islands. It developed in the same area as that of hurricane Katrina, that is South Florida and Florida Keys. * It intensified because it was passing through the warm waters of Loop Current (similar to Katrina). Within a few hours, it became the strongest hurricane of 2005. * The wind was recorded at a speed, as high as 180 mph. The pressure was as low as 895 mbar; this placed it ahead of Hurricane Katrina (902 mbar) and Hurricane Allen (899 mbar), which was the third strongest hurricane in the Atlantic region. * Lt. Col. Warren Madden, a hurricane hunter and meteorologist with The Weather Channel, commented on Rita - "The strongest storm I have ever been in." * Fortunately, Rita lost its power and landed as a category-3 hurricane between Sabine Pass, Texas and Johnson Bayou, Louisiana. * Mayor of New Orleans, Ray Nagin had ordered re-opening of the city on 19th September, 2005, but as Rita developed, the re-opening was canceled and a re-evacuation was ordered on 21st September, 2005. * In Texas,...
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