Hurricane Rita took another job to the east as it approached the upper Texas Gulf Coast late Friday night. The storm is expected to make landfall near Sabine Pass between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. Saturday, National Weather Service officials said.
As a result of the slight move to the east, forecasters said Galveston and Galveston County can expect less of an impact from the massive storm. Officials said the county would no longer experience hurricane force winds but rather sustained tropical storm forced winds up to 74 miles an hour with occasional gusts exceeding hurricane force.
Weather forecasters said too that the area will receive less than than expected from Rita as well. They predict up to four inches of rain over a 24 hour period from the Category 3 storm.