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2005-09-21 02:18:43

By Jim Loney MIAMI (Reuters) - After lashing the Florida Keys, Hurricane Rita gained power on Wednesday and headed across the Gulf of Mexico on a course that could take it to Texas and dump more rain on Katrina-battered Louisiana. Rita was upgraded to a Category 3 storm and the National Hurricane Center said it probably would develop into a Category 4 on Wednesday, the same classification as Hurricane Katrina, which devastated parts of Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama last month....

2005-09-20 22:42:13

By Jim Loney MIAMI (Reuters) - Rapidly strengthening Hurricane Rita lashed the low-lying islands of the Florida Keys on Tuesday as the U.S. Gulf Coast began preparing for a possible encore to devastating Hurricane Katrina. New Orleans started evacuating as the National Hurricane Center said Rita could become a Category 4 storm, the second highest grade on the five-stage hurricane scale. Katrina was a Category 4 when it roared ashore on August 29, swamping the historic jazz city and...

2005-09-20 17:11:12

By Jim Loney MIAMI (Reuters) - Rapidly strengthening Hurricane Rita lashed the low-lying islands of the Florida Keys with squalls on Tuesday and threatened Gulf Coast communities to the west with a possible encore to devastating Hurricane Katrina. Rita grew from a tropical storm to a Category 2 hurricane with 100 mph (160 kph) winds in a matter of hours as it battered the fragile Keys and was expected to strengthen further as it moved into the Gulf of Mexico, where Katrina wreaked...

2005-09-20 13:52:13

By Jim Loney MIAMI (Reuters) - Rapidly strengthening Hurricane Rita lashed the low-lying islands of the Florida Keys with squalls on Tuesday and Gulf Coast communities to the west braced for a possible encore to devastating Hurricane Katrina. Rita grew from a tropical storm to a hurricane with 100 mph (160 kph) winds in a matter of hours as it battered the fragile Keys and was expected to strengthen further as it moved into the Gulf of Mexico where Katrina wreaked havoc three weeks...

2005-09-20 11:23:59

By Michael Christie MIAMI (Reuters) - Strengthening Hurricane Rita lashed the low-lying islands of the Florida Keys with rainy squalls on Tuesday and Gulf Coast communities to the west braced for a possible encore to devastating Hurricane Katrina. Rita grew from a tropical storm to a hurricane with 85 mph (136 mph) winds as it battered the fragile Keys. All 80,000 residents had been ordered out of the island chain but many stayed behind in boarded-up homes as stormwater submerged...

2005-09-20 08:41:10

MIAMI (Reuters) - Rita grew into a category one hurricane on Tuesday as it bore down on the vulnerable Florida Keys, three weeks after Hurricane Katrina killed hundreds on the U.S. Gulf Coast, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

2005-09-20 07:47:39

By Michael Christie MIAMI (Reuters) - Gusty squalls and heavy rain began to lash the Florida Keys on Tuesday as Tropical Storm Rita raced toward the low-lying islands. All 80,000 residents were ordered out of the Keys on Monday but many remained behind in boarded-up homes to await the arrival of Rita. The storm was expected to strengthen into a hurricane as it enters the Gulf of Mexico where deadly Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc three weeks ago. "It's raining pretty hard (but)...

2005-09-20 06:36:44

By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Rita raced toward the Florida Keys and the Gulf of Mexico with forecasters expecting it to strengthen into a hurricane on Tuesday, three weeks after Hurricane Katrina swamped New Orleans and hammered the U.S. Gulf Coast. All 80,000 residents were ordered out of the Keys on Monday and Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez cautioned southern Florida not to dismiss the power of the coming storm. "Tropical Storm Rita is a serious threat. Do not...

2005-09-20 05:15:45

Corrects spelling of name in second paragraph. By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Rita raced toward the Florida Keys and the Gulf of Mexico with forecasters expecting it to strengthen into a hurricane on Tuesday, three weeks after Hurricane Katrina swamped New Orleans and hammered the U.S. Gulf Coast. All 80,000 residents were ordered out of the Keys on Monday and Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez cautioned southern Florida not to dismiss the power of the coming storm....

2005-09-20 05:22:05

By Jane Sutton MIAMI (Reuters) - Tropical Storm Rita raced toward the Florida Keys and the Gulf of Mexico with forecasters expecting it to strengthen into a hurricane on Tuesday, three weeks after Hurricane Katrina swamped New Orleans and hammered the U.S. Gulf Coast. All 80,000 residents were ordered out of the Keys on Monday and Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Alvarez cautioned southern Florida not to dismiss the power of the coming storm. "Tropical Storm Rita is a serious threat. Do not...


Latest Florida Keys Reference Libraries

Dry Tortugas National Park
2013-04-18 12:21:11

Dry Tortugas National Park is located in the Gulf of Mexico in the United States. The park consists of a small chain of coral islands, comprising 64,701 acres, but only 104 acres of land. The islands are about seventy miles from Key West, Florida and comprise the far western portion of the Florida Keys. The first European explorer to visit the area was Juan Ponce de León, who named the islands the Tortugas after catching 160 sea turtles near them. The term “dry” is used to denote the...

Biscayne National Park
2013-04-17 23:58:18

Biscayne National Park is located in the southern area of Florida in the United States. The park holds 172,971 acres, of which ninety-five percent consists of water. Native Americans first inhabited the area when water levels were low in the Biscayne Bay. Evidence has been found in the area supporting the inhabitance of other Native Americans, like the Tequesta people, from at least 2,500 years ago. European settlement did not occur in the area until the 19th century, when farmers settled on...

2012-06-14 08:35:04

Symbol: TRSA2 Group: Dicot Family: Euphorbiaceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Forb/herb Native Status: L48    N Distribution: County distributions for the following U.S. states are available at PLANTS:FL Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants Subkingdom   Tracheobionta – Vascular plants Superdivision   Spermatophyta – Seed plants Division   Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants Class  ...

2012-06-14 10:18:34

Symbol: SCLI3 Group: Monocot Family: Cyperaceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Graminoid Native Status: L48    N PR    N VI    N Synonyms:   SCLI8 Scirpus lithospermus L. Distribution: County distributions for the following U.S. states are available at PLANTS:FL Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants Subkingdom   Tracheobionta – Vascular plants Superdivision   Spermatophyta...

2012-06-14 10:43:15

Symbol: SARI5 Group: Dicot Family: Lamiaceae Duration: Perennial Growth Habit: Forb/herb Native Status: L48    N Synonyms:   SAPR4 Salvia privoides Benth. Distribution: County distributions for the following U.S. states are available at PLANTS:FL Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants Subkingdom   Tracheobionta – Vascular plants Superdivision   Spermatophyta – Seed plants Division  ...

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This word comes the Latin 'lambere,' to lick.
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