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2005-09-24 11:04:07

By Erwin Seba GALVESTON, Texas (Reuters) - Hurricane Rita slammed into evacuated towns and oil-rich swamplands of the Texas-Louisiana border on Saturday, causing widespread damage and power outages and threatening heavy flooding. The powerful storm crashed into the U.S. Gulf Coast with 120 mph (193 kph) winds and punishing rains, then weakened slightly as it moved inland. By 11 a.m. EDT, Hurricane Rita was downgraded to a Category 1 storm with maximum sustained winds of about 75...

2005-09-24 09:48:23

By Erwin Seba GALVESTON, Texas (Reuters) - Hurricane Rita slammed into evacuated towns and oil-rich swamplands of the Texas-Louisiana border on Saturday, causing widespread damage and power outages and threatening heavy flooding. The powerful storm crashed into the U.S. Gulf Coast with 120 mph (193 kph) winds and punishing rains, then weakened slightly as it moved inland. It spared Houston, the fourth-largest U.S. city, a direct hit. But the oil city of Beaumont, Texas and many of...

2005-09-24 08:34:53

By Erwin Seba GALVESTON, Texas (Reuters) - Hurricane Rita slammed into the oil-rich swamplands of the Texas-Louisiana border on Saturday with 100 mph winds and punishing rains that threatened widespread flooding. The one-time monster storm lost some of its steam before rumbling in from the Gulf of Mexico, weakening to a Category 2 storm at 8 a.m. EDT, but it still packed enough punch to cause widespread damage. Officials across the region said the high winds had toppled trees,...

2005-09-24 06:44:42

(Recasts, adds quotes, details) By Erwin Seba GALVESTON, Texas, Sept 24 (Reuters - Hurricane Rita slammed into the oil-rich swamplands of the Texas-Louisiana border on Saturday with 120 mph (193 kph) winds and punishing rains that threatened widespread flooding. The one-time monster storm lost some of its steam before rumbling in from the Gulf of Mexico, but still packed enough punch to cause widespread damage. Officials across the region said the high winds had toppled trees,...

2005-09-24 03:47:12

By Erwin Seba GALVESTON, Texas (Reuters) - Hurricane Rita roared in from the Gulf of Mexico on Saturday, striking refinery row in Texas and Louisiana with 120 mph (193 kmh) winds and torrential rains. its moorings in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and caused power outages across the region as it came ashore near the Texas-Louisiana border. A spectacular fire engulfed three buildings in Galveston's historic downtown and another building collapsed in the same area as Rita raked the island...

2005-09-24 01:22:16

By Erwin Seba GALVESTON, Texas (Reuters) - High winds and heavy rains lashed Texas and Louisiana on Saturday as Hurricane Rita crashed in from the Gulf of Mexico with a storm surge that was expected to swamp coastal towns in both states. After sweeping through key offshore oil fields, the powerful storm took aim at the coast's refinery row where much of the nation's gasoline and petrochemicals are produced. A spectacular fire of unknown origin broke out in Galveston's historical...

2005-09-23 08:55:00

GALVESTON, Texas -- The evacuation of the U.S. Gulf Coast turned deadly on Friday when a bus carrying elderly people fleeing Hurricane Rita caught fire on a Texas highway, killing at least 20 along a major escape route, local officials and news reports said. The bus caught fire on Interstate 45 south of Dallas and closed the highway, officials said. Television footage showed the charred bus with a long string of cars stuck in traffic behind it. Dallas television station WFAA reported 20...

2005-09-23 07:59:41

By Erwin Seba GALVESTON, Texas (Reuters) - The evacuation of the U.S. Gulf Coast turned deadly on Friday when a bus carrying people fleeing Hurricane Rita caught fire a Texas highway, killing at least 20 people along a major escape route, local officials and news reports said. The bus caught fire on Interstate 45 south of Dallas and closed the highway, officials said. Television footage showed the charred bus with a long string of cars stuck in traffic behind it. Dallas television...

2005-09-23 06:40:11

By Erwin Seba GALVESTON, Texas (Reuters) - Residents along hundreds of miles of the Gulf of Mexico coast braced on Friday for the arrival of Hurricane Rita, which threatened heavily populated stretches of Texas, already storm-battered Louisiana and the heart of the U.S. oil industry. The Category 4 hurricane was barreling northwest across the Gulf, with winds near 140 mph (220 kph), the U.S. National Hurricane Center said. Rita was expected to make landfall late on Friday or early...

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2005-09-23 06:40:00

HOUSTON -- Hurricane Rita roared toward the Texas and Louisiana coasts early Friday, a major Category 4 storm that spurred a traffic-snarled exodus toward higher ground and fears it could cripple the heart of the nation's petrochemical industry. Forecasters said it appeared Houston and Galveston could avoid a direct hit as Rita veered slightly to the east, threatening its 140-mph winds at the Beaumont and Port Arthur area about 75 miles east of Houston. The unprecedented flight from the...


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