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Hurricane Rita, Katrina / Florida, Texas / New Orleans #803663

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Sep 20, 2005
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(Studio: John Roberts) Maps shown of the location & projected path of Hurricane Rita, which is heading into the Gulf of Mexico toward Texas after strafing south Florida.

(Key Largo, Florida: Mark Strassmann) Rita’s impact on the Florida Keys and the threat to Texas featured; scenes shown of storm conditions & floods in the Keys and Katrina evacuees preparing to leave Houston. [Keys resident Dave SKOWRONSKI†- reacts.] [CBS News hurricane analyst Bryan NORCROSS†- says Rita has the potential to be another Katrina.] [Galveston evacuee Danny OWENS†, Mayor Lyda Ann THOMAS†- comment on the mandatory evacuation order.] The order for Texas National Guardsmen now helping in the Katrina disaster zone to return home noted. FEMA’s preparations for Rita discussed.

(Studio: John Roberts) President Bush’s 5th visit to the Hurricane Katrina disaster zone noted.

(New Orleans: Sharyn Alfonsi) The confusion for New Orleans residents after being urged to return and then ordered to evacuate because of Rita featured; scenes shown of Bush in Gulfport, Mississippi, and touring a Folgers plant in Louisiana; details given of Katrina’s impact on the New Orleans restaurant industry. [Restaurant owner Arly QUESTA†- notes if they leave, they won’t be allowed back.] [RESIDENTS – comment.] [BUSH – says he sees progress.] The Navy’s announcement it is pulling 3 ships from New Orleans until Rita passes noted.

Roberts, John;
Strassmann, Mark;
Alfonsi, Sharyn

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