Hurricane Rita, was one of the deadliest of all. It was the 17 th named hurricane, 5 th largest, and 3 rd category-5 hurricane of the Atlantic hurricane season in 2005. It intensified from category-2 to category-5 in just about 24 hours. Hurricane Rita swirled toward the Gulf Coast as a 165-mph, category 5 storm 15 years ago. Hurricane Rita veered eastwards, missing Houston and making landfall just east of the Texas town of … Water covers Route 87 through the east side of town following Hurricane Rita Sept. 24, 2005, in Port Arthur, Texas. The BBC News website examines the damage left in Hurricane Rita's trail. President George W. Bush flies over what was once a beach community in Cameron, La., on Sept. 27, 2005 during an aerial tour of the Louisiana and Texas areas affected by Hurricane Rita. Although weaker than feared, the storm sparked a 4.6m (15ft) surge which flooded towns along the Louisiana coastline. The purpose of this redirect is currently being discussed by the Wikipedia community. Hurricane Rita was formed on 17 th September, 2005, and dissipated on 24 th September, 2005. On this day in 2005, Hurricane Rita made landfall just east of Sabine Pass. Rita was the 4th named storm to make landfall during the 2005 season, and the 3rd hurricane to strike the US. More Information About Hurricane Rita. Click on the link below to go to the current destination page. HURRICANE PATH. Hurricane Rita weakened slightly to 165 miles per hour but still remained a dangerous Category 5 storm, according to the U.S. National Hurricane Center on Thursday. Please share your thoughts on the matter at this redirect's entry on the Redirects for discussion page. The outcome of the discussion may result in a change of this page, or possibly its deletion in accordance with Wikipedia's deletion policy. Hurricane Rita hit the Texas and Louisiana coast early on Saturday local time. Hurricane Dorian - the most powerful storm to hit the Bahamas since records began - has left widespread devastation, at least 43 dead and many more still missing days after the storm passed.