September 24, 2005
Roars Ashore Along Mostly Deserted Gulf Coast
Hurricane Rita plowed into the Gulf Coast along the Texas-Louisiana
border early Saturday, causing significant wind damage and some
flooding. Although the storm packed wind gusts of 150 mph and
15 foot waves as it came ashore, Rita appeared far less destructive
than Hurricane Katrina, which struck less than a month ago.
September 23, 2005
Coast of Texas Braces for Onslaught from Rita
Although it weakened throughout Friday, Hurricane Rita bore down
on the Texas/Louisiana border, threatening the oil refining towns
of Beaumont and Port Arthur, Texas, and Lake Charles, La., with
a possible 20-foot storm surge, pounding waves and some 25 inches
of rain. Washington Post reporter Doug Struck, who spent much
of Friday around the city of Beaumont, outlines the situation
from eastern Texas.