HURRICANE RITA, 2005: Officials prepare for hurricane Rita evacuees on Sept. 21 at the First Baptist Church in Tyler, Texas. After being pummeled by hurricane Katrina a month earlier, the New Orleans delayed its reopening because of Rita. A pre-landfall storm surge overwhelmed a levee in the Industrial Canal, which protects New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward, a section of the city almost wiped out by Katrina. Rita made landfall on Sept. 24 between Sabine Pass, Texas, and Johnsons Bayou, La. Extreme damage resulted along the Louisiana and Texas coasts, particularly to the oil industry.