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Satellite loop of Hurricane Rita in the Gulf of Mexico on September 22, 2005. Hurricane Rita
September 24, 2005


Hurricane Rita made landfall in southwestern Louisiana between Sabine Pass, Texas and Johnson's Bayou, Louisiana early Saturday morning, September 24, 2005. "Rita" was the second major hurricane to strike the Louisiana coast this season ("Katrina" was the first) and the fourth lowest pressure ever recorded in the Atlantic Basin. Another significant hallmark of this event was the mass evacuations prompted by this storm in Texas and Louisisana. It is estimated that up to 2 million residents (most from the Houston/Galveston metro area) evacuated to avoid the effects of the storm. While Rita peaked as a Category 5 hurricane out in the Gulf, she made landfall over Cameron Parrish as a Category 3 hurricane.

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