Hurricane Rita will take dead aim at the Texas Coast later this week making landfall late Friday or early Saturday. At ground zero, highest winds will exceed 100 mph, the storm surge will inundate the coastline and rainfall will be excessive. This will produce widespread damage to structures, power will be out and oil platforms will have to be evacuated. All residents living along the coast from Corpus Cristi to Lake Charles need to have a plan if an evacuation order is given later this week. Let me restate that. An evacuation order will be given later this week. Its just a matter of where the worst impact of the hurricane is going to be. This graphic shows where we think the full fury of Rita will be realized. Wouldn't it be ironic if the city of Houston became the prime target for Rita later this week. If you recall, that is where most of the New Orleans refugees went to escape the devastation created by Hurricane Katrina. Houston's emergency management officials are in the initial stages of preparation, advising residents of the danger posed by Rita. Close to 18,000 Katrina evacuees are still in shelters in Texas.
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