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Saturday September 24 2005 14:20 GMT
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In pictures: Hurricane Rita
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Hurricane Rita comes three weeks after Hurricane Katrina, which caused widespread devastation in New Orleans.
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This is the 17th storm during the area's hurricane season which is set to finish at the end of November.
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Parts of Cuba were affected by Rita. It started off as a tropical storm, but as it headed for Florida it grew into a Category Two hurricane.
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Experts say Rita is strengthening to become a Category Four hurricane. Hurricane Katrina was also Category Four.
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Hurricana Rita swept through Florida, but it caused no major damage.
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Parts of New Orleans have been hit by flood waters once again as Rita continues through the Gulf coast.
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Visitors and residents in Texas and Louisiana have been advised to leave their homes and businesses as soon as possible.
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And it is expected that George Bush Intercontinental airport will ground all of its flights.
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Traffic has almost come to a standstill in Galveston, Texas as people try to leave the city.
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A radar image shows Hurricane Rita coming ashore along the Texas-Louisiana battering the coast with rain and pounding waves.
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Water from a second leak in the Industrial Canal levee system flows near homes in New Orleans.
Fresh storm threatens New Orleans
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