ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 21, 2005
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(Studio: Charles Gibson) The escalation of Hurricane Rita to a Category 5 storm in the Gulf of Mexico reported.
(Galveston: Mike von Fremd) The preparations in Galveston, Texas, for the storm featured; scenes shown of people in line to evacuate by bus, highway traffic jams, evacuations from hospitals & people bringing their pets. [Three RESIDENTS, The Weather Channel Steve LYONS, Texas medical branch CEO Karen SEXTON- comment on Rita & getting out.] [Acting FEMA director David PAULISON- says we are ready in the Gulf area.] [Galveston Mayor Lyda THOMAS- hopes FEMA will help.]
(Studio: Charles Gibson) Oil output statistics for Texas cited.
(Houston: David Muir) Energy experts' predictions of the "Rita effect" on oil, gasoline, diesel fuel & natural gas prices examined; scenes & maps shown of Gulf coast oil refineries; details given of concerns oil production will be halted as it was by Hurricane Katrina. [Energy analyst Barbara SHOOK, MOTORIST - comment on gas & natural gas prices.]
(Studio: Charles Gibson) The massive hurricane in Galveston in 1900 recalled; video & photos shown.
(New Orleans: Bob Woodruff) The concern in New Orleans about storm surge & rain from Rita examined; scenes shown of a solid metal barricade & the pump system. [Army Corps Of Engineers Richard PINNER- says St. Bernard Parish is not protected.] [Pump station manager Joe WILKERSON- says we're still in bad shape.] FEMA estimates on how much flood water could be handled by the levee system in New Orleans noted. [Electrical WORKER - comments.]