Hurricane Rita went down in the record books as the strongest hurricane ever in the Gulf of Mexico, beating a record that Katrina had set about three weeks earlier.
While churning in the Gulf, the maximum sustained winds of Rita reached 180 mph with the central pressure dropping as low as 895 mb (26.43 inches Hg). Only Hurricane Wilma in 2005, Hurricane Gilbert in 1988 and The Labor Day Hurricane in 1935 have been stronger hurricanes with lower pressures in the Atlantic Ocean.
Besides setting a record for being the strongest Gulf hurricane ever, this was the first time on record that two storms strengthened into Category 5 hurricanes in the Gulf of Mexico.
Rita crashed onshore along the Texas-Louisiana border as a Category 3 storm with maximum sustained winds of 120 mph on Sept. 24, 2005.
More than 3 million Texas and Louisiana residents were evacuated ahead of Rita, which caused severe flooding in coastal areas of Texas and Louisiana. NOAA reports that storm surge of 15 feet trapped residents who stayed behind in coastal Louisiana parishes of Cameron, Jefferson Davis, Terrebonne and Vermilion.
According to NOAA, more than a million people lost power due to Rita's lashing winds. Many were in the dark for several days and weeks. Meanwhile, dozens of tornadoes touched down across the Deep South from Sept. 24-25, while the storm plowed into the Gulf Coast.
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Hato is on the verge of strengthening into a typhoon before blasting into southeastern China, near Hong Kong, on Wednesday morning.
Harvey may spread drenching rain, gusty winds and rough surf as far north as Texas beginning late this week.
Severe thunderstorms will march eastward across the northeastern United States, threatening to trigger damage and delays into Tuesday night.
Spectators across the United States were able to catch pictures and a glimpse of the moon passing in front of the sun during the solar eclipse.
The worst flooding in more than a decade across parts of Nepal, India and Bangladesh has impacted more than 16 million people.
Following a surge of steamy and stormy conditions, bursts of cooler and less humid air will sweep across the midwestern and northeastern United States this week.
Tropical Storm Hato will unleash heavy rainfall and locally damaging winds over parts of Taiwan and southeastern China this week.
Millions of Americans had the opportunity to view a rare celestial event Monday, when the moon blocked the sun, forming a total solar eclipse.