Where Did Hurricane Rita Hit?


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On September 24, 2005, at 2:40 a.m. Central Time, Hurricane Rita made landfall between Johnson Bayou and Sabine Pass in extreme southwestern Louisiana. Rita was a Category 3 storm when it made landfall. It caused over $12 billion in damage and over 100 fatalities.

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While still in the Gulf of Mexico, it achieved Category 5 status with sustained winds of 180 miles per hour, making it the fourth-most intense Atlantic hurricane every recorded. Rita was just one of the several devastating hurricanes that plagued the Gulf Coast region during the 2005 season, which lasted from June through late November. The other hurricanes included Dennis, Emily, Maria, Wilma and most notably Katrina. During that season the hurricanes attributed to an estimated $160 billion in damage and nearly 4,000 fatalities.

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