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As of the 10PM CDT 9/23/05 Advisory: Hurricane Rita's sustained winds are down to 120 mph, and her estimated central pressure is adjusted slightly to 931 mb. This makes Rita a Category 3 hurricane.

Satellite shots indicate Rita has completed an eyewall cycle, but may be forming another outer eyewall! For more information. This may be the cause of the drop in wind speed, but Hurricane Rita also seems to be ingesting dry air.

For a more, see our latest post or the StormTrack main site.

Here is the 0000 UTC model run (click for a larger size):

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By now all evacuations should be complete. At this point I consider a landfall right along the state line to be most probable. I suspect a track to the right of the models, quite possibly over extreme western Louisiana, although this still remains uncertain.

Bryan and Jordan were guests on The Kevin McCullough Show today. Listen here.

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