Hurricane Rita Causes Millions to Evacuate

By: Marcus Washington
By: Marcus Washington

September 22, 2005

The eye-wall of Hurricane Rita stretches 70 miles across and winds are expected to reach 190-miles an hour. Already, Rita is the third strongest storm of its kind in U.S. history.

In just 30 hours the storm grew from a tropical storm to a category 5 hurricane.

Officials in Galveston, Texas say they are taking extra precautions to assure that events that happened in New Orleans won't happen in Galveston.

The elderly along with patients in hospitals were evacuated first. Several buses were provided for those who didn't have transportation.

Galveston officials are taking notes from mistakes made in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. They're trying to keep families together as well as keep track of where they send each person.

FEMA is also doing their part, as they have assistance standing by and ready to handle the aftermath.

The most deadly storm to hit the United States was 105-years-ago, 1900, in Galveston, Texas. That storm took the lives of 8,000 people.

Hurricane Rita is expected to hit the Texas coastline sometime early Saturday morning.

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