posted on Sep, 24 2005 @ 10:47 AM
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24/09/2005 - 16:09:17
Hurricane Rita ploughed into the Gulf of Mexico coast early today, lashing Texas and Louisiana with driving rain, flooding low-lying regions, knocking
power out to nearly a million customers and sparking fires across the region.
Rita made landfall at 3.30am local time (0830 BST) as a Category 3 storm just east of Sabine Pass, on the Texas-Louisiana border, bringing a 20-foot
storm surge and warnings of up to 25 inches of rain, the US National Hurricane Centre said. Within four hours it had weakened to a Category 2 storm,
with top winds of 100 mph, as it moved further inland between Beaumont and Jasper.
There were no immediate reports of fatalities, though rescuers in many areas had to wait for winds to subside before launching searches. About 3
million people had fled a 500-mile stretch of the Texas-Louisiana coast ahead of the storm, motivated in part by the devastating toll that Hurricane
Katrina inflicted on the Gulf Coast barely three weeks ago.
The storm spun off tornadoes as it churned north-west at 12 mph, causing transformers to explode in the pre-dawn darkness.
In Jasper County, north of Beaumont, a house with seven people inside floated in floodwaters after it came off its foundation, said sheriff’s
communications supervisor Alice Duckworth.
Duckworth said the 30 emergency workers were stuck in the emergency operations centre because of flooding. “We can’t get any fire trucks out,”
[edit on 24-9-2005 by Harry55]