Hurricane Rita is mean and nasty. This stuff makes me sick to my stomach.
As of tonight, Rita became the third strongest Atlantic hurricane recorded with winds sustained at 175 mph. They don’t determine intensity by wind speed but instead by pressure (the lower the more intense). Besides, at this strength there’s not a lot of difference in Category 4 or 5 (just ask New Orleans that got a Cat 4 Katrina).
Strongest Atlantic Hurricanes
- Gilbert (1998) at 888 mb
- Labor Day Hurricane (1935) at 892 mb
- Rita (2005) at 897 mb
- Allen (1980) at 899 mb
- Katrina (2005) at 902 mb
Don’t be surprised if Rita overtakes the Labor Day Hurricane while in the Gulf but weaken when it lands in Texas. They just said on the Weather Channel that Rita is like a tornado the size of Georgia.