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2005-09-22 07:22:58

By Erwin Seba GALVESTON, Texas (Reuters) - More than 1 million people along the Texas coast fled the approach of Hurricane Rita on Thursday as it developed into one of the most intense storms on record and threatened catastrophic damage. With winds of nearly 170 mph (273 kph), the Category 5 hurricane churned across the Gulf of Mexico on a course that was expected to take it ashore late on Friday or early on Saturday. Having learned a lesson from Hurricane Katrina's assault on...

2005-09-22 06:22:00

By Mark Babineck GALVESTON, Texas (Reuters) - More than 1 million people along the Texas coast fled the approach of Hurricane Rita on Thursday as it developed into one of the most intense storms on record and threatened catastrophic damage. With winds of 175 mph (280 kph), the Category 5 hurricane churned across the Gulf of Mexico on a course that was expected to take it ashore late on Friday or early on Saturday. Having learned a lesson from Hurricane Katrina's assault on Louisiana...

2005-09-21 22:20:25

By Mark Babineck GALVESTON, Texas (Reuters) - Hurricane Rita strengthened on Wednesday into a powerful, intensely dangerous Category 5 storm as it headed toward the Texas coast and prompted evacuation orders for more than a million people. The storm had grown into the third most intense Atlantic hurricane on record as measured by internal pressure, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. The hurricane center said Rita was "a potentially catastrophic" Category 5 hurricane with...

2005-09-21 22:19:13

By Mark Babineck GALVESTON, Texas (Reuters) - Hurricane Rita strengthened on Wednesday into a powerful, intensely dangerous Category 5 storm as it headed toward the Texas coast and prompted evacuation orders for more than a million people. The storm had grown into the third most intense Atlantic hurricane on record as measured by internal pressure, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. A hurricane watch was issued for the U.S. Gulf Coast from Fort Mansfield Texas, to Cameron,...

2005-09-21 20:42:44

By Mark Babineck GALVESTON, Texas (Reuters) - Hurricane Rita strengthened on Wednesday into a powerful, intensely dangerous Category 5 storm as it headed toward the Texas coast and prompted evacuation orders for more than a million people. The storm had grown into the third most intense Atlantic hurricane on record as measured by internal pressure, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. A hurricane watch was issued for the U.S. Gulf Coast from Fort Mansfield Texas, to Cameron,...

2005-09-21 15:27:02

By Mark Babineck GALVESTON, Texas (Reuters) - Katrina drove them from Louisiana. Now Rita is hounding them out of their Texas refuges. Many victims of Hurricane Katrina, which smashed into New Orleans and nearby cities three weeks ago, were scattered across southern Texas. Now Hurricane Rita, gaining strength as it crosses the Gulf of Mexico, is forcing them to take shelter elsewhere. "If definitely feels like they're chasing us everywhere," said Stephen Travis, who fled with his...

2005-08-29 14:44:05

GALVESTON, Texas -- Researchers at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (UTMB) have found a way to detect in blood the malformed proteins that cause "mad cow disease," the first time such "prions" have been detected biochemically in blood. The discovery, reported in an article scheduled to appear online in Nature Medicine Aug. 28, is expected to lead to a much more effective detection method for the infectious proteins responsible for brain-destroying disorders, such as bovine...