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Satellite View of Hurricane Rita

Rita was building into an extremely dangerous hurricane when NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image at 12 pm US Eastern time on September 21, 2005. The storm is compact and circular, with an open eye through which the deep blue waters of the Gulf of Mexico are visible. Within a few hours, the storm intensified to a Category 5 hurricane with sustained winds of 165 mph.

Satellite View of Hurricane Rita

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Satellite View of Hurricane Rita. Descloitres, Jacques

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