Friday, September 23, 2005
Hurricane Rita expected to make landfall at Dawn (nola.com)
Hurricane force winds extended 85 miles from the core of the storm and tropical storm force winds extended 205 miles. At 5 p.m., a buoy in Calcasieu Pass, near Cameron Parish, reported sustained winds of 49 mph with gusts to 62 mph. Sustained winds of 37 mph with gusts of 54 mph were reported at Galveston, Texas. Coastal storm surge flooding was 15 feet above normal. Tides are about 2 feet above normal along Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama. Tides in those areas area expected to increase 4 to 6 feet. Rita is expected to produce rainfall of 8 to 12 inches with isolated rainfall amounts of up to 20 inches over southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana. Over the next several days, Rita is expected to stall over Texas and Arkansas and could produce more than 25 inches of rain. Tornadoes are possible Friday night and Saturday morning.