This is a storm of nearly unmatched destructive power that Texas has ever seen. Please pray for the many families that will be affected.
Hurricane Rita is the seventeenth named storm, ninth hurricane, fifth major hurricane, and second category five hurricane of the 2005 and Atlantic hurricane season. The storm has already impacted Florida and Cuba, and currently threatens Texas and Louisiana. The system reached category five strength on the afternoon of September 21, 2005, the second storm of the season to do so (the other being Hurricane Katrina) and is expected to make landfall sometime on September 24, between GalvestonCorpus Christi in Texas. The current intensity is 898 mbar, and further development is possible. This makes Rita the third most intense ever recorded in the Atlantic basin. If Rita maintains its current intensity, it will be the second most intense storm to make landfall in the U.S.
It is also only the third time in recorded history that there have been two Category 5 hurricanes in a single season; it had previously only happened in the 1960 and 1961 seasons. If Rita impacts the U.S. mainland as a Category 5 hurricane she will become one of only four Category 5 hurricanes to have hit the United States. The last hurricane to have hit the U.S. at Category 5 strength was Hurricane Andrew in 1992.