Hurricane Rita was the most intense hurricane ever observed in the Gulf of Mexico and the 4th most intense Atlantic hurricane ever recorded.Hurricane Rita formed over the West Indies 95miles(155km)east-northeast of Grand Turk Island as a tropical depression on September17,2005.Along its path,it affected Arkansas,South Florida,Florida Panhandle,Louisiana,Texas,Cuba,and Mississippi.Its strongest winds were 180mph(285km/h) over the Carribean Sea.By the time it hit Louisiana and Texas,it was a Catagory 3 hurricane going 115mph.It dissipated on September24,2005.It cost $10billion(2005 U.S.Dollars) worth of damage.

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