Incidents » Disasters, catastrophes
Author`s name Ольга Савка

Comments: Hurricane Rita hits land, brings early death

Hurricane Rita claimed its first victims yesterday before the storm's full fury reached the Gulf CoastHurricane Rita's winds eased a little on Friday night, but it remained a Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph. As many as 2.8 million people along the Texas-Louisiana coast have fled. Louisiana Governor Kathleen Blanco said over 90 percent of residents in the state's southwestern parishes had evacuated. A bus carrying elderly evacuees caught fire, igniting their oxygen tanks and killing as many as 24 people

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