Hurricane Rita facts for kids
|Category 5 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)|
|Formed||September 18, 2005|
|Dissipated||September 26, 2005|
|Highest winds||1-minute sustained: 180 mph (285 km/h)
|Lowest pressure||895 mbar (hPa); 26.43 inHg|
|Damage||$18.5 billion (2005 USD)|
|Areas affected||Hispaniola, Turks and Caicos Islands, Bahamas, Cuba, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Great Lakes region|
|Part of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season|
Hurricane Rita was a powerful hurricane in the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season. It hit the United States' Gulf Coast. At its peak intensity, it was a strong Category 5 storm with sustained winds of 175 miles per hour. It made landfall as a Category 3 storm, and caused more flooding in New Orleans, which already had weakened levees due to Hurricane Katrina. In addition, it caused massive power outages.
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