The effects of this storm were pretty substantial. It hadn't even been a month since the infamous Hurricane Katrina had hit, and Rita old made the effects Katrina had on Louisiana worse. In fact, because Rita hit so soon after Katrina, a record-breaking 2.5 to 3.7 million people evacuated from the Texas coastline in preparation. Rita left areas of Texas and Louisiana without power for several weeks, and resulted in a total of $12 billion in damage. And that number is reported in 2005 US dollars; the damage would have amounted to about $15.2 billion in 2012 US dollars. On top of the material damage, as many as 120 deaths across 4 different states were reported. Texas reported 113 of these deaths. While only 7 were directly related to the hurricane (caused by winds, flooding, tornadoes, storm surges, or oceanic effects), all were in some way related to the storm.
This image shows Hurricane Rita as it starts to make its landfall on the Gulf Coast on September 23, 2005.
This image is a storm track map of Hurricane Rita's entire progression.