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Hurricane Rita / Gulf Coast / Mayfield Interview / Houston / New Orleans #803789

CNN Evening News for Thursday, Sep 22, 2005
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(Studio: Aaron Brown) The latest developments with Hurricane Rita, now a Category 4 storm nearing Texas & Louisiana, reviewed; inset weather map shown. [In interview, with weather map in the background, National Hurricane Center director Max MAYFIELD†- outlines the changes in Rita's course, how hurricanes approach land & the timetable for when it might reach land.]

(Galveston: Anderson Cooper) Report introduced.

(Houston: John Zarrella) The traffic nightmare in Houston with everyone wanting out before Rita arrives featured; scenes shown from the airport, highway traffic & a packed gas station that had fuel {with inset weather map}. [Two TRAVELLERS - comment on the madhouse at the airport.] [MOTORIST - comments.]

(Studio: Aaron Brown) Statement from the mayor of Houston about gasoline noted; aerial views of the highway shown. [Via phone from the road, motorist Patty HOFFMAN†- recounts her car trip out of Houston.]

(New Orleans: Ted Rowlands) The situation in New Orleans, now under a tropical storm warning with rain & wind, reviewed; details given of concerns about storm surge & about the strength of the levees; inset weather map shown. The small number of people now in the city discussed.

Brown, Aaron;
Cooper, Anderson;
Zarrella, John;
Rowlands, Ted

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