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Latest Rita numbers

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Cots are lined up and waiting for evacuees at a Red Cross shelter in Tyler, Texas.

(CNN) -- Here are the latest numbers from the National Hurricane Center's advisory on Hurricane Rita at 5 a.m. ET Saturday.

Top wind speed: Near 120 mph, with higher gusts. Gradual weakening is expected now that Rita has made landfall.

Saffir-Simpson scale status: Category 3 (winds 111-130 mph).

Location of storm center: Near Port Arthur, Texas.

Movement: Northwest at near 12 mph. Rita is expected to move further inland over southeastern Texas on Saturday.

Watches and Warnings: Hurricane warning in effect from Sargent, Texas (south of Houston) to Morgan City, Louisiana. Tropical storm warning issued for southeastern coast of Louisiana east of Morgan City to the mouth of the Pearl River, including metropolitan New Orleans and Lake Pontchartrain, and from south of Sargent, Texas, to Port O'Connor, Texas.

Isolated tornadoes are possible through Saturday night over far eastern Texas, Louisiana, southern Arkansas and Mississippi.

Size of storm: Hurricane-force winds extend up to 85 miles from the center, and tropical storm-force winds extend up to 205 miles. Hurricane-force winds are expected to spread inland as far as 100 miles near the path of Rita. Sustained winds of 91 mph were reported at Port Arthur, Texas, with a gust to 116 mph.

Storm surge and rainfall: Coastal storm surge flooding of 15 to 20 feet above normal tide levels, along with dangerous battering waves.

Rainfall accumulations of 8 to 12 inches with maximum amounts of 20 inches over southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana as Rita moves inland. Accumulations of 25 inches are possible in next several days over eastern Texas and western Louisiana. Also, 3 to 5 inches possible over southeastern Louisiana, including New Orleans, with isolated heavier amounts possible.

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