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This satellite image from 1 p.m. CST on Sept. 23 shows the storm is already over much of Louisiana. Hurricane-force winds extend about 85 miles from the center.
Here is the storm's predicted route--the eye is expected to hit land on Saturday near the Louisiana-Texas border, Sept. 24.
This 3-D image of Hurricane Rita's clouds was produced Sept. 19 by NASA's Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite. The two giant chimney clouds extend more than 11 miles high.