Photos from Hurricane Rita. While it didn't get as much media attention as Katrina, Hurricane Rita hit the Houston area with a vengeance.
After seeing the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana just weeks before, Houstonians took warnings seriously when Rita was projected to be a direct hit at a category 5 hurricane. An estimated 2.5 million people evacuated from the Greater Houston area, backing up the freeways for miles. While the hurricane took a last minute hook to the east and decreased to a category 3, there was still significant damage in the area.