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1.3 million evacuate

By Wednesday night, looming Hurricane Rita - a Category 5 storm with 165-mph winds - was posed to be the most intense hurricane ever to hit Texas.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIM0RE | September 21, 2005

By Wednesday night, looming Hurricane Rita - a Category 5 storm with 165-mph winds - was posed to be the most intense hurricane ever to hit Texas.

It is now the third most intense hurricane in the Atlantic basin on record, according to the National Hurricane Center.

The storm has forced more than 1.3 million people in Texas and Louisiana to get out of the way.

The storm grew from a Category 2 hurricane into a Category 5 hurricane in 14 hours.

Rita could hit the Texas coast by Saturday, forecasters said.

After moving through Texas, the storm was forecast to hit Oklahoma. That state was making storm preparations as well.

Representatives from faith-based disaster response groups potentially in Ritaís path reported they were moving workers and volunteers out of harmís way, but were prepared to offer an immediate response after the storm passes.

Faith-based groups also pledged to help with long-term recovery from both Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita.


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