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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...

2005-09-23 01:46:56

By Erwin Seba GALVESTON, Texas (Reuters) - Residents living 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...

2005-09-22 15:07:38

By Erwin Seba GALVESTON, Texas (Reuters) - Cars clogged Texas highways with 1.5 million people fleeing Hurricane Rita on Thursday as the massive storm roared through the Gulf of Mexico toward one of the largest American cities and the center of the U.S. oil industry. The path of Rita, downgraded to Category 4 hurricane when its winds fell to 150 mph (240 kph), shifted northward and appeared to be headed slightly east of Galveston and Houston, the National Hurricane Center said. But...

2005-09-22 14:25:54

By Erwin Seba GALVESTON, Texas (Reuters) - Cars clogged Texas highways with more than a million people fleeing Hurricane Rita on Thursday as the storm roared through the Gulf of Mexico on a potentially catastrophic course. Rita weakened to a Category 4 storm with winds at 150 miles per hour but remained extremely dangerous, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said in an afternoon update. It forecast the storm would hit near the Houston area, the heart of the U.S. oil industry, as a...

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2005-09-22 12:40:00

GALVESTON, Texas -- Hundreds of thousands of people across the Houston metropolitan area struggled to make their way inland in a bumper-to-bumper exodus Thursday as Hurricane Rita closed in on the nation's fourth-largest city with winds howling at 150 mph. Drivers ran out of gas in 14-hour traffic jams or looked in vain for a place to stay as hotels hundreds of miles away filled up. An estimated 1.8 million residents or more in Texas and Louisiana were under orders to evacuate to avoid a...

2005-09-22 10:54:47

By Erwin Seba GALVESTON, Texas (Reuters) - Cars clogged Texas highways with more than a million people fleeing Hurricane Rita on Thursday as the Category 5 storm roared through the Gulf of Mexico on a potentially catastrophic course. Heavy traffic jammed highways from Corpus Christi in southern Texas into Louisiana as coastal residents, heeding the lessons of Hurricane Katrina, headed inland to escape what has become one of the most intense storms on record. The National Hurricane...

2005-09-22 06:34:01

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...

2005-09-22 08:15:13

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 07:52:43

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...