Monday, September 19, 2005

Look out, it's Hurricane Rita

"Tourists fled and retailers boarded up their stores in the vulnerable Florida Keys on Monday as Tropical Storm Rita strengthened near the Bahamas, looking poised to power its way into the Gulf of Mexico. Three weeks after Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, killing hundreds, Rita was expected to become a hurricane by late Monday and then move between southern Florida and Cuba before making its way toward battered Louisiana or the Texas coast. Rita was likely to become a major hurricane with winds of at least 111 mph (178 kph) as it drew strength from the warm waters of the Gulf of Mexico, said Max Mayfield, director the U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami."

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