Hurricane Rita

As most of you know by now, Hurricane Rita is now a Category 5 hurricane. It has been for the last 24 hours or so. Looking at the coordinate map, it’s slowed down a bit this morning, but not by much. Last night, the hurricane had winds of 175 mph and the pressure was at 897 mb. This morning, the winds are down to 165 mph with the pressure at 907 mb. The forecasters are (hoping and) predicting that Rita could be a Category 3 before it hits Texas. I still urge anyone near the coast of the Gulf of Mexico to not take any chances….go somewhere safe. Here are some interesting links on hurricanes:

Hurricane Rita – MSN Virtual Earth
Hurricane Rita – Tracking Coordinates
Hurricane Tracker
WRAL Stormtracker
NOAA National Hurricane Center

James Burke
Frisco, TX