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Hurricane Rita

Hurricane Rita hit Key West, Florida on September 20, 2005 as a Category 2 storm, and gained strength in the Gulf of Mexico. On September 24, 2005, Hurricane Rita made its second landfall in Sabine Pass, Texas, near the Louisiana border, as a Category 3 hurricane with maximum sustained winds near 120 mph. Hurricane Rita prompted the shutdown of offshore oil and gas production and several refineries and gas plants in Texas and Louisiana. The Office prepared Situation Reports, working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency, State and local governments, and the energy sector to prepare for and respond to Hurricane Rita. Situation Reports are provided below.

Starting September 24, 2005, damage assessments and restoration efforts related to Hurricane Rita and other hurricanes making landfall in the Gulf are covered in the Gulf Coast Hurricanes Situation Reports.

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