Hurricane Rita Closes In On Florida Peninsula

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Another hurricane is brewing off the coast of Florida.

Let’s hope it doesn’t come anywhere close to being as powerful as Katrina.

From Bloomberg:

Sept. 19 (Bloomberg) — Tropical Storm Rita maintained its track toward the southern Florida coast with maximum sustained winds of 50 mph (80 kph) and higher gusts that are expected to strengthen to hurricane force later today.

Rita’s center was located about 295 miles (480 kilometers) north-southeast of Nassau, the Bahamas, at 11 p.m. Miami time last night, according to the latest advisory on the Web site of the National Hurricane Center. The season’s 17th named storm is moving west-northwest at about 10 mph (16 kph) and is expected to continue on this path for the next 24 hours.

A hurricane warning is in effect for all of the Florida Keys and Florida Bay from Ocean Reef southward and westward to Dry Tortugas. Tropical storm warnings are in place further north on the Florida peninsula and for the southwest and central Bahamas.

Again, for all the chaos Hurricane Katrina wrought, let’s hope Rita this doesn’t come anywhere close to that Kartina’s fury.