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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  • Loop Current

    Hurricane Katrina gained strength dramatically when it reached the Loop Current, which is a large ring of warmer water. The dots show the path and intensity of the storm, red marking the most intense spots.

  • New Orleans

    Although the eye of Rita is predicted to stay southwest of New Orleans, a slight change of course could significantly add to the city's devastation. This photo of New Orleans was taken shortly after Katrina swamped the city.

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Topic: Nasa / Space

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