Covering Hurricane Rita as a Meteorologist, Reporter and Storm Victim
September 21- September 26 2005

KOKI-TV, the Tulsa Fox affiliate assigned me to track Hurricane Rita so I could follow the storm from Texas to Oklahoma. But the hurricane turned more toward the TX/LA state line, blasting my hometown of Orange, Texas instead. The following reports cover my adventures and misadventures of traveling to and riding out the western eyewall of Hurricane Rita.

Orange County storm tally: Mom's home: $80,000 damage. My aunt's home: destroyed. My sister's home: destroyed.
Data credits are at the bottom...Enjoy! GF
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Wed Sept 21   
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Landfall   
Sat Sept 24  


Landfall:
between Sabine Pass, Texas and Johnson's Bayou, LA at 2:38am CDT 09/24/05

Max Sustained Winds at Landfall: 120mph, Category 3

Highest recorded inland wind: Sabine Pass 120+ mph, Orange 109-117mph, Nederland 116mph, Calcasieu Pass 112mph, Beaumont 105mph

Pressure at landfall: 937mb
Lowest recorded inland pressure: Orange TX, 941mb

Storm Surge: 15-20 feet near Cameron LA
direct fatalities: 2
money damages: $4-5 billion estimate
Rita Quick Facts *
Before landfall, Hurricane was Rita was a Category 5 hurricane and the third strongest storm ever recorded in the Atlantic Basin. Two days before landfall, Rita had top sustained winds of 175mph sustained winds with a pressure of 896 mb, 26.49".
Track of Hurricane Rita *
National Hurricane Center, National Climate Data Center, National Weather Service Lake Charles office, UW-Madison SSEC, City of Orange TX FD
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