NOAA provide a Java applet for report METARS. These are automated report from airfields that are used primarily by pilots. The picture shows 30 knot winds in the worst affected areas.
Local 2 are reporting that Rita will hit landfall well inside of Louisiana. This is borne out by the pressure readings on the METAR.
Look at the western Louisiana coast, and you see the lowest pressures well inside Louisiana, right at the Eastern edge of the projected cone of uncertainty.