Houston Drenched as Hurricane Patricia’s Remnants Move East

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Houston Drenched as Hurricane Patricia’s Remnants Move East.

Flooding was reported in Houston streets early Sunday after the Texas city was drenched in more than 9 inches of rain brought by the remnants of Hurricane Patricia. The heavy rain was expected to spread through the Gulf Coast and through the lower Mississippi Valley on Sunday and into Monday, the Weather Channel reported. The Houston area saw heavy rain for much of the afternoon Saturday and early Sunday morning, causing various high-water locations and impassable roads all over the greater Houston area. Forecasters predicted 15-30cm (6-12in) of rain for coastal areas of the US, including south-west Louisiana, by Monday morning, exacerbated by tides up to 1.5 metres high (5ft) and wind gusts of up to 35mph (56km/h).

Areas southeast of Dallas could still see “moderate rains”, with the worst of it along and south of a line (more or less) from Killeen to Waco to Canton. The latest Dallas forecast says there’s a 60 percent chance of showers or “isolated thunderstorms” tonight, as a cold front moves iin and temperatures dip to the high 50s. Brian Kyle, lead meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Houston, told the Associated Press that most of the heavy rainfall would occur overnight to noon on Sunday, with amounts ranging from a couple of inches to up to 1 foot offshore. A homeless man was reported swept into a drainage ditch by flood waters in San Antonio sometime early Saturday morning while trying to rescue a dog, according to KENS-TV.

Officials in Houston warned residents to heed road closure barriers — something that didn’t always happen during flooding over the Memorial Day weekend that was blamed for 30 deaths in Texas and Oklahoma. “Everybody is on full alert,” Harris County Judge Ed Emmett told reporters Saturday. “If there was any good to come out of Memorial Day, it’s that this is a serious situation,” he said. Elsewhere, a Union Pacific freight train was partially submerged north of Corsicana on Saturday morning after apparently being swept off the rails by floodwaters, WFAA-TV reported. So far, we’ve received just what forecasters expected before this event began: 7.22 inches, according to the rain gauge at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. We’ve set two records in getting there: Thursday’s 2.58 inches bested the 1908 record of 2.19 inches, while Friday’s 3.55 inches shattered the Oct. 23 record of 2.38 inches set in 1920.

When the hurricane hit Mexico’s Pacific coast on Friday, it was believed to be the fiercest hurricane ever to make landfall there, with sustained winds of 200 mph. More than half of the state’s 254 counties had outdoor burn bans in effect Friday, due to previously dry conditions, the Texas A&M Forest Service reported.

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