Hurricane Rita, satellite image

Hurricane Rita, satellite image

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Caption: Hurricane Rita. Terra satellite image of Hurricane Rita over the Gulf of Mexico at 16:10 UTC on 21st September 2005. North is at top. Hurricane Rita formed north-east of Cuba (centre right) from 18th September, and moved west into the Gulf of Mexico, reaching Category 5 strength on 21st September. From here, it continued to move west, heading towards Houston (not seen), Texas, USA. The US mainland is seen at upper left, and part of Mexico is at lower left. Rita is the ninth hurricane of the 2005 Atlantic hurricane season, and among the most intense ever. It formed only a few weeks after Hurricane Katrina devastated the Louisiana and Mississippi coastline (upper left).

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