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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.
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.
Weather forecasters fear that this storm could attack the Gulf Coast with the fury of Katrina. Hurricanes generally get stronger when the water temperature is above 82 degrees Fahrenheit. This map shows water temperature of the Gulf of Mexico on Sept. 18. Orange and red indicate water temperature above 82 degrees Fahrenheit.