Rita vs. Katrina

Rated a Category 5 hurricane-the third biggest ever to hit the US-as it ripped through the oil and gas producing area of the central Gulf of Mexico, Hurricane Rita deteriorated to a Category 3 storm by the time it made landfall near the Texas-Louisiana border Sept. 24.Initial indications are that Rita was far less destructive than Hurricane Katrina, which hit the Louisiana coast near New Orleans Aug. 29. Some 1 million b/d of US refining capacity along the Gulf Coast was back in production 2 days after Rita passed through, with a further 1.8 million b/d expected to return quickly. That’s a little more than half of the 5.4 million b/d of combined refining capacity shut down by Rita a...

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