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Hurricane Rita
Category 5 major hurricane (SSHWS/NWS)
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Hurricane Rita in the Gulf of Mexico on September 21, 2005.
Formed September 17, 2005
Dissipated September 26, 2005
Highest winds 1-minute sustained: 175 mph (280 km/h)
Lowest pressure 895 mbar (hPa); 26.43 inHg
Fatalities 7 direct, 113 indirect
Damage $10 billion (2005 USD)
Areas affected Bahamas, Florida, Cuba, Yucatán Peninsula, Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Arkansas
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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