Images: Rita prepares to wreak havoc

Images: Rita prepares to wreak havoc

Summary: The National Hurricane Center described this storm as a "potential catastrophe" with its current winds of 165mph.

TOPICS: Nasa / Space

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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.

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    Here is the storm's predicted route--the eye is expected to hit land on Saturday near the Louisiana-Texas border, Sept. 24.

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    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.

Topic: Nasa / Space

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