Hurricane Rita was a Category 3 hurricane that struck Texas and the Louisiana coast on Sept. 24, 2005. This hurricane reached U.S. soil less than 1 month after the more famous Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in late August.
Hurricane Rita caused the evacuation of nearly three million residents from Texas and Louisiana and generated significant flooding and power outages. However, the impact of this hurricane appeared modest relative to the more devastating Katrina. Rita contributed to just one known death the night it hit land, as compared to over 1,000 deaths directly attributed to Katrina. Rita was moving at 120 mph when it reached the coast in the early morning, but it was downgraded to a tropical storm the afternoon of Sept. 24.